Raccoons are a common sight in the Fall time here in Spring, TX, and they can often be found roaming around your property in search of food. These animals are attracted to your property because they are looking for easy sources of food, such as garbage cans or pet food left outside. They also like to find cozy places to nest, so attics and roofs are a common target for these animals. They can cause serious damage to your property if they manage to get inside, so it is important that you do what you can to keep them out. Continue reading to learn more about Raccoons and what you can do as a Spring, TX homeowner to keep them out!
What Do Raccoons Look Like?
Raccoons are medium-sized mammals that have characteristic black rings around their eyes, bushy tails, and distinctive facial markings. They typically weigh between 8-15 lbs and have a body length of about 2-3 ft. Raccoons generally travel solo, though they may be seen in small groups during mating season. Raccoons also tend to be non aggressive and can be easily scared off if they are encountered.
How Do You Know A Raccoon Is Living In Your Attic?
One of the first signs that you have a raccoon living in your attic is if you start to hear scratching and clawing noises coming from above your head. Raccoons are strong animals and can easily rip open any weak spots in your roof or walls to get inside, so it is important to be on the lookout for any signs of damage. Another common sign is if you start to notice that your garbage cans or pet food are being disturbed or if your garden starts to show signs of digging.
What Can You Do To Keep Raccoons Out Of Your Home?
One of the best ways to prevent raccoons from getting into your home or attic is to make sure that all garbage cans and pet food containers are securely sealed and that there are no loose items around your property that they can use to make a nest. Additionally, if you have trees or shrubs overhanging your roof, it may be a good idea to trim them back so that the animals don’t have easy access to the roof of your home.
Another great way to keep raccoons out of your home is to install a fence around your property. This will prevent them from getting inside and making a nest in the first place, so they won’t be tempted to dig into your roof or attic.
If you do find that raccoons have made their way into your home, it is very important that you do not approach or try to capture the animal yourself. Instead, contact a professional pest control company right away so that they can safely remove the raccoon and repair any damage that it may have caused to your property. With some preventative measures and careful attention, you can keep these animals out of your home for good.
If you feel you may have a problem with raccoons this fall, you need to call CPL Pest Control today! We promise to inspect your home, enter your attic and develop a strategy to make your home raccoon free this Fall. Give us a call today and as always, ASK TO SPEAK WITH CHRIS! Also mention reading this article! Thanks for reading!