Kansas has a diverse wildlife. While sometimes fun to spot in their habitats, certain species are best kept away from our personal homes and properties.
Species, such as raccoons, can bring with them destruction to your personal property and can threaten the safety of your loved ones. It may not seem like a big deal for raccoons in Kansas to be in close proximity to your home, especially if left unbothered, but they are actually considered to be a primary carrier of rabies as well as leptospirosis and roundworms.
In addition to being a health and safety hazard, raccoons can be vicious. They are smart, protective of their young, versatile, and are able to easily adapt to their surroundings. If you see the signs of raccoons or have seen them close to your home, it is best to call in professional wildlife pest control technicians to safely remove and relocate them.
What Attracts Raccoons
If you have any sources of vegetation in your yard, raccoons will be drawn to these food sources. Even if your yard contains no sources of food, raccoons are known for rummaging through trash cans in search of a meal. If you have any pets that eat outdoors, raccoons will happily take from their food bowls.
Along with food sources, raccoons are searching for a safe place to stay. Sheds, unused dog houses, attics, the hollows of trees, and crawl spaces are ideal places for raccoons to take shelter.
How to Tell Raccoons are Living Near Your Home
There are many reasons why raccoons may show up in your yard. This can be as simple as grabbing a tasty meal from a berry bush or to get a secure night’s sleep high up in the branches of a tree. A female raccoon may also be on the lookout for a safe and undisturbed location to give birth and to then have a place for the babies to stay.
Regardless of when or why raccoons are in or near your home, like many other species of wildlife, they leave tell-tale signs that let you know they were there without actually being seen. Several signs to look for include:
- Turned over and rummaged through garbage can, oftentimes with the contents strewn all over the yard.
- Damaged or eaten fruits from trees or crops in your garden especially apples, peaches and corn.
- Scratch marks and droppings especially at a tree’s base.
- If they get access to your attic, garage, or basement, you may hear the shuffling of their feet and low volume growls.
How to Get Rid of Raccoons
No matter how docile they might seem, they are still wild. Trying to remove or relocate a raccoon or its family should only be done by licensed and experienced wildlife removal specialists. They have the knowledge, expertise, equipment, and techniques to do a safe removal.
Calling in the Professionals
At Schendel Pest Services, raccoon removal is one of the expert services we provide. If you have raccoons living in your yard or near your home, give us a call or contact us online to schedule an inspection. One of our experienced technicians will visit your home, assess the situation, then create a plan of action to remove the raccoons quickly and safely.