Raccoons are abundant throughout Maryland and can be found in urban areas searching for food and shelter. They eat both plants and animals and these clever animals can be harmful to humans, animals, and cause damage to your home. If you need wildlife or pest control in Howard County, discover the experts at Raven Termite and Pest Control. We can rid you of the nuisances.
Problems that Raccoons Cause
Some raccoons carry rabies and this can be dangerous for your pets. A rabid raccoon likely seems confused, has difficulty walking, watery eyes, may foam at the mouth, and make unusual loud sounds. Additionally, raccoons may also carry fleas, roundworms, and parvovirus that can harm humans and pets. Aside from the diseases they can spread, they are known to attack small dogs.
Home Damage Caused by Raccoons
Raccoons enter homes through plumbing mats, chimneys, the roof edge or roof vents. Your roof vents allow proper air circulation in the attic and raccoons can feel the warm air escaping and want to go inside. Many raccoons destroy these vents and make their way in. Also, watch out if you roof edge is weakened because of the freezing and thawing process or excessive moisture. Raccoons will chew through the damaged material and then gain access to the attic.
Additionally, the bottom of a chimney is a common place for raccoons to raise babies as it mimics hollowed out tree cavities. Plus, pay close attention to any plumbing vents. Many plumbing holes are cut larger than the pipe and covered by a rubber mat. Raccoons will tear out the rubber mat and squeeze through the hole underneath it to go into the attic.
Raccoons also destroy trash cans and make a mess around your property. They can urinate and defecate in your garden and destroy plants. Raccoons will also dig up vegetables that are growing in your garden to eat.
Raven Termite and Pest Control in Howard County
If you have an issue with raccoons or any other wildlife or insect pest, it is time to call a professional. At Raven Termite and Pest Control we offer quality service and have over 18 years of experience. Learn more our wildlife services and contact us today for a free estimate!