Raccoons are among the most common and easily recognized nuisance animals in Macon and throughout Georgia. They're strong, stocky animals with masked faces, ringed tails, highly dexterous front paws, and distinctive ears.
They're also highly intelligent animals who are able to figure out things like gates and latches, and even have rudimentary tool-using abilities.
Those characteristics are why raccoons can be such an annoyance: Raccoons are smart enough to get into places where they're not wanted, determined enough to figure out ways around all but the best exclusion methods, and strong enough to do some damage or to be dangerous if they feel threatened.
That last part -- about raccoons being dangerous -- really shouldn't be underestimated. Wild raccoons are decidedly unfriendly animals. Like most wild critters, they usually run away when they encounter a human; but when they're startled or cornered, they may well attack: and they're strong enough to do some damage if that's what they decide to do.
Raccoons have a fairly high rate of rabies, a serious disease that is always fatal once symptoms begin to show. When raccoons become rabid, the disease may manifest as the "furious" form, in which the animal gets very aggressive; or the "dumb" form, in which the animal may be lethargic, confused, or even appear friendly or tame.
Rabid raccoons are more likely than healthy raccoons to be seen during the day, so if you see a raccoon out and about during the day time hours, it's something to be concerned about. The same is true if the raccoon seems confused, is walking erratically, appears to be partially paralyzed, is unusually aggressive, seems to be growling or snapping at nothing in particular, or seems friendly or tame. Those are all possible signs of rabies.
In addition to rabies, raccoons carry parasites on their bodies, some of which can transmit diseases. Their droppings can also harbor disease-causing pathogens, which is one of the many good reasons why raccoons that get into homes must be removed.
Raccoons can cause a great deal of damage to your home and to stored property. They're expert climbers and can get into a home at any height, from ground level right up to the chimney.
Once they're inside a house, raccoons like to tear thing up, including insulation, books, clothing, and flexible HVAC ducts. They also make a mess, cause odors, and create a health hazard with their droppings, urine, and shed parasites.
Long story short, if you have raccoons living anywhere in your home, they need to be removed.
Raccoon control is accomplished by trapping and removing raccoons from the home or building, and animal-proofing the house to keep raccoons and other nuisance wildlife from getting inside. Because of raccoons' intelligence, strength, and dexterity, this can be a challenging job. Once raccoons move in to a house, they try very hard to get back in after being removed.
Once we've removed the raccoons and sealed them out, we clean up after them. This can include removing droppings, disinfecting, deodorizing, and applying insecticides to kill displaced parasites. Optionally, we also can replace insulation that has been damaged or contaminated with filth.
Here are some randomly-selected pictures of raccoon-removal work we've done in Macon and Columbus and throughout South Georgia.
For more information about raccoon control or any of our fine services, please contact us.