A nocturnal mammal, the raccoon spends most of the night searching for food. As a result, many homeowners wake up the next morning to find their garbage cans open and trash scattered all over their front yard. Raccoons live in woody areas along water sources. However, they have adapted extremely well to the urban environment where there is sufficient food, water, and shelter. If you have a raccoon problem and are researching exterminators in Columbia, Ellicott City, or elsewhere in Howard County, please read on.

Raccoons Cause Damage to Homes

A raccoon can enter your attic through nearby or low hanging branches to your home. They are persistent pests, so anything that can be detached such as roofing tiles, roof ventilation, or exposed such as chimneys, offer easy access into your house. Raccoons find attics to be an excellent setting to raise their young ones because of the warmth, safety and plenty of materials that can be used to build a nest. They will tear the insulation in the attic walls, chew electrical wires, and destroy air ducts. They use your attic as a washroom; feces will begin to pile up, and urine will drip down to your ceiling.

Since raccoons like eating beetles, larvae and other small insects, they will dig up your garden. They also feed on your plants, vegetables, and fruit growing in your garden.

Raccoons Carry Diseases and Parasites

Raccoon removal is important because of the diseases and parasites that they carry. They are known to be carriers of rabies. Rabies is a fatal disease and is transmitted by bites. Additionally, raccoons transmit canine distemper and parvovirus to domestic dogs. They also carry roundworms that can be found in their feces. Your family members or pets can become infected by accidentally ingesting or inhaling these microscopic roundworm eggs. The roundworm eggs are tough to destroy, which is why hiring professional exterminators in Columbia is the best solution to eliminate raccoons.

Exterminators in Columbia Provide Professional Raccoon Removal

The damage caused by raccoons can be devastating, but engaging professional exterminators in Columbia as soon as you suspect the raccoons can make all the difference. Contact Raven Termite and Pest Control for our comprehensive raccoon removal services.