Pennsylvania Raccoon Control Services
The raccoon population in Pennsylvania has grown exponentially, and raccoons can be a major nuisance, getting into gardens and garbage cans and even nesting in your warm attic or crawlspace.
To protect your Pennsylvania home or business from raccoons, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an infestation occur.
What are Raccoons?
Raccoons are quite easy to recognize with their grey-black furred bodies and grey-and-black-striped tail. Wildlife control experts at Viking Pest explain raccoons typically weigh between 7-30 pounds, but some raccoons weighing 35-40 pounds have been found in the wild. Raccoons are medium-sized mammals and can be upwards of 35” in length. Their pointed muzzle is grey but the fur around their eyes is black. This gives them that distinctive “masked” look.
Raccoon control can be difficult when you have accessible food on your property. These omnivorous mammals eat almost anything, from beetles and fish to garbage, birdseed, and even carrion.
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How Do I Identify Raccoons?
Wildlife control experts at Viking Pest explain if there are raccoons around your property, you can tell from their track marks or because of the mess of ripped garbage, half-eaten food, or even dead poultry they leave behind.
If raccoons have made their way into your home, it may be more difficult to spot them. They’re nocturnal, so they move around at night and sleep out of sight during the day. You may smell their urine or feces, or notice ripped drywall, claw marks, or other damage where they’ve pulled your exterior apart to get inside.
What Problems Can Raccoons Cause for Pennsylvania Home and Business Owners?
Raccoons that are inside your home can cause costly damage. Wildlife control experts at Viking Pest explain they only need a 4-inch gap to enter a space and they can sneak indoors by ripping through screens, pulling away roof shingles, or dropping in through an uncapped chimney. Once they’re inside, raccoons can damage insulation, wiring, and other interior elements as they build their nest.
Outside of your home, the wildlife control services from Viking Pest may be required if they’re persistently tearing up your landscaping in search of food. Keeping raccoons in their own habitat is essential, as they can transmit diseases like rabies or raccoon roundworm to humans.
When are Raccoons Active in Pennsylvania?
Raccoons are tenacious pests and are active in Pennsylvania year-round. However, their activities vary depending on the time of year. The Pennsylvania wildlife control experts at Viking Pest explain in the winter, raccoons are more likely to seek warmth and shelter in a home, as food becomes scarce outdoors. In the summer, raccoons may plunder gardens, bird feeders, and garbage cans as they seek easily accessible sources of food.
In the months of April to July Viking’s wildlife control experts in Pennsylvania urge caution as this is breeding season. Nesting mother raccoons may shelter indoors or underneath porches or decks with their young and care should be taken not to separate mothers and cubs. Raccoon mothers can get defensive when protecting their young and may attack.
How to Prevent Raccoons in Your Pennsylvania Home or Business?
The most important way you can prevent raccoons on your property in Pennsylvania is to ensure they cannot enter your home or business. The PA wildlife experts at Viking Pest recommend inspecting your home, and ensure there are no openings larger than 4 inches where raccoons can enter. Repair all loose roof shingles, cap your chimney, and ensure that there are no exposed pipes, ducts, or windows where raccoons can enter.
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Viking Pest offers expert wildlife control designed to effectively and efficiently control and prevent raccoons from invading your home or business in Pennsylvania. Call Viking today for your FREE and NO OBLIGATION estimate at 1-800-618-2847 or schedule online today!