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A Property Owner’s Guide to Raccoons

From Baltimore, MD’s Pest Management Experts

Raccoons are perhaps the smartest of all pests native to the United States. Cunning, hardy, and adaptable, they are skilled at breaking into human residences in search of food. If you believe you have a raccoon problem on your property, it’s important to seek the help of a pest control professional as quickly as possible. At All Star Pest Management, we offer humane and highly-effective raccoon removal services to residential and commercial locations in Columbia, MD and beyond. Learn more about raccoons below, and contact our pest control experts today!

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About Raccoons

Raccoons are nocturnal mammals native to all 50 states. Raccoons are roughly the same size as house cats and are distinguished by their dexterous front paws and furry facial masks around their eyes. Raccoons also have thick fur coats, ringed tails, and impressive intelligence, with studies showing that they are able to remember solutions for certain tasks for up to 3 years. For homeowners and business owners, this makes the omnivorous raccoon a particularly difficult intruder to handle. Raccoons will often enter buildings in search of food, ransacking cupboards and closets in the dead of night before leaving with their prizes. They have also been known to raid garbage cans and dumpsters.

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Identifying and Preventing Raccoon Infestations

Since raccoons are relatively large as far as pests go, they typically leave obvious signs of their presence. These signs include property damage such as scratched surfaces, broken items, or torn fabrics — as well as visible or pungent feces and urine. Raccoons are also quite audible at night. Listen for scratching, whimpering, or chattering on your property after the sun goes down. It may raccoon activity.

Perhaps the most important thing homeowners and business owners can do to prevent raccoon intrusions is to make sure their buildings are completely closed-off at night. This means no unlocked doors or windows, and no holes, cracks or other points on the entry that might allow a raccoon to sneak inside. Further, it important to remove any left-out food on your property. Keep food properly stored inside and make sure your outdoor garbage cans/dumpsters are securely shut.

Professional Raccoon Removal at All Star Pest Management

If you have encountered signs of a raccoon in your home or business, it is important to call a pest control professional as quickly as possible to prevent further damage to your property. Raccoons have been known to carry rabies and will bite if threatened. Here at All Star Pest Management, our pest control professionals have decades of experience removing raccoons from homes and businesses across Columbia, MD. We’ll handle your raccoon intruder quickly and humanely, with minimal damage to your property. To learn more about our raccoon removal services, contact our team today!

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