INDIANAPOLIS RACCOON REMOVAL AND CONTROL
American Animal Control® LLC of Indianapolis Indiana provides the following raccoon removal services for all of Indianapolis and surrounding areas:
Remove raccoons in chimneys
Remove raccoons in attics
Remove raccoons in crawlspaces
Remove raccoons in soffits
Remove raccoons in basements
Remove dead raccoons
Remove raccoons under decks.
REMOVE RACCOONS IN THE ATTIC INDIANAPOLIS.
Raccoons in Indianapolis Indiana primarily move in low light condition. At night while you’re sleeping the masked bandits begin to seek out what kind of havoc they can do. Mostly looking for food, raccoons will eat almost anything including; worms, grubs, insects, fish, birds, frogs, eggs, mice, moles, rats, and even rabbits. We receive many calls a year from customers in the Indianapolis area with raccoons in their dumpster and or raccoons in garbage cans. We also receive calls from people who have bird feeders in their yards. Although we all enjoy watching birds, bird feeders become magnets for every raccoon in the neighborhood.
REMOVE RACCOONS IN THE CHIMNEY INDIANAPOLIS.
Most raccoons like to build their dens up high in holes of trees. But more and more, raccoons are making their dens in attics of homes, chimneys, and outbuildings in the Indianapolis area. Raccoons tear holes in roofs, rip open soffits, and cause hundreds and thousands of dollars in damage to homes every year in Indianapolis.
REMOVE RACCOON IN CRAWLSPACE INDIANAPOLIS.
Indianapolis raccoons mostly breed all through mid to late December, January and February. Averaging 3-6 cubs per litter, these young may even breed the same year they are born. Sometimes returning back to the same attic or chimney they were born in.
Raccoons will have their young in the spring. This is when most people will start hearing noises in their attics, noises in their chimneys, and even noises in their walls.
Although raccoons appear to be “playful” or “cute”, when cornered they are very aggressive. Raccoons are very strong, fast, and have razor sharp teeth and jaw strength that can crush bones. Raccoons can carry rabies. Raccoons also can have many other diseases as well as raccoon round worm.
REMOVE RACCOONS IN SOFFITS INDIANAPOLIS.
American Animal Control® LLC licensed wildlife-pest removal technicians and pest exterminators, will provide you with the most extensive home inspection available. Locating all possible raccoon entrance points, raccoon damage, or even provide you and your insurance company with an estimate to repair, exclude, or remove contaminated insulation caused by raccoons.
American Animal Control® LLC does not like to use open baited cages if at all possible. We found that most communities have hundreds of raccoons. And if you put a baited cage on the ground you will lure in many “non-target” animals besides raccoons, such as skunks, opossums, and sometimes even the neighbor’s cat.
American Animal Control® LLC technicians believe the best way to remove a raccoon is to locate the main entrance point and any secondary points of entry and barricade a raccoon cage into it. We generally then take the first one away and reset until all are removed. And, not only will American Animal Control® LLC remove the unwanted raccoons or pests from your property; we can also repair any damage and secure the entrance points, and we give you an estimate for any additional repairs.
So if you are hearing noises in your noises in your walls, noises in your chimney, or if you are seeing raccoons climbing on your roof or raccoons digging in your yard, call us at American Animal Control® LLC. We are one of Indianapolis, Indiana’s most recommended wildlife-pest removal and raccoon exterminating specialists, and truly want to help you solve your raccoon problem.
REMOVE RACCOON IN BASEMENT INDIANAPOLIS.
The raccoon is one of Indianapolis Indiana’s most likable mammals. While many customers have difficulty identifying a ground squirrel or chipmunk, from a small pine or red squirrel, or some other small animal. The Indianapolis area raccoon is a stranger to none. It raids our trash cans and dumpsters, and sometimes can even give a dog a run for his money. With its human-like foot prints that are embedded along countless streams, rivers, lakes and ponds and scattered across most landscapes of Indiana. Indianapolis raccoons are native only to the North American continent. Adults weigh from 12 to 25 pounds, are distinctly marked across the eyes with a black mask, and have a bushy tail with alternating rings of light and dark fur. Their coat is a mixture of gray, brown and black. There can be considerable variation in color even among litter mates. Some appear almost solid black, and others may have a yellowish cast. A few albino raccoons have also been seen in and near the Indianapolis area. Indianapolis raccoons are mostly nocturnal and usually spend daylight hours at rest.
Raccoons in the Indianapolis area are most numerous where a good mixture of woodlands, cropland and shallow water are found. However raccoons often live in attics, sheds, barns, under decks, and even in foundations of Indianapolis homes. Most section of Indiana are blessed with numerous ponds, lakes, and reservoirs, and are a raccoon stronghold. The fertile farmland of most of Indiana is also home for many raccoons. Under ideal conditions, raccoon levels in the Indianapolis area can approach 5-10 per acre. Even in less favorable habitat, they still may occur at the rate of about one raccoon per 40 acres.
Most raccoon mating occurs in January or February, and the male assumes no part in family life. Most Indianapolis raccoons are born in cavity-forming trees such as maples, sycamore or beech. If den tree sites are not readily available, a female may utilize abandoned barn lofts, rock outcroppings, ground burrows or even the attic or chimney of Indianapolis homes as a place to give birth to her young. Litters are usually born in April or May and range in size from one to nine, although the average is four. By mid-June, most young raccoons accompany their mother on food searches and begin to learn survival skills.
REMOVAL OF DEAD RACCOONS AND DEAD ANIMALS IN INDIANAPOLIS.
A variety of plant and animal foods are eaten. Raccoon are good frog hunters, relish crayfish, and dine on turtle and bird eggs, insects, small mammals and sometimes domestic fowl. Their raids on sweet corn patches are legendary. If these foods are not readily available, field corn, beechnuts, acorns and other mast species will be found on the menu. American Animal Control®LLC Indianapolis wildlife service technicians will regularly remove raccoons digging in yards looking for grubs and earthworms. If water is nearby, the raccoon will appear to be washing its food, however, the raccoon is actually kneading and tearing at the food, feeling for matter which should be rejected. Wetting its paws enhances the raccoon’s touch. If water is not nearby, the raccoon will forgo this ritual.
INDIANAPOLIS RACCOON EXTERMINATING.
Whe the raccoon fur market was booming the cries of a hound in pursuit of raccoon would pierced frost-chilled skies. Night raccoon hunters would account for about 75 percent of the raccoon harvest each fur season. Raccoon hunting involves comradeship and hearty competition between hunting partners and their dogs. Hound owners knowing the terrain and voices of their dogs follow the progress and problems of the chase as they unravel the performance of the raccoon and success of each dog. Raccoon hunting and raccoon trapping for the fur market is not like it was many years ago. With fewer taken, this means the raccoon populations in the Indianapolis suberbs, residential, and rural areas are very high. Many raccoons are now living in attics, under decks, and even in crawlspaces of Indianapolis homes.
Raccoons are normally very curious and sometimes are trapped on the ground. Common sets for a raccoon are cage trapping and conibear traps. Various lures and baits can be used to trap Indianapolis raccoons. Stream or ditch banks as well as paths commonly used by raccoons are productive trapping sites. If you have a raccoon in the attic, it is not advised to just set a trap on the ground outside. You may catch 10 raccoons and still have a raccoon living in your attic. Worst yet, if it is a nursing female raccoon with young in the attic, you may end up with a bunch of dead baby raccoons stinkin in the attic or wall cavity. ALWAYS CALL A WILDLIFE PROFESSIONAL!
REMOVE RACCOONS UNDER DECKS IN INDIANAPOLIS.
Always keep bird feeders and garbage cans inside at night. We have heard of people placing a small dish of ammonia in the bottom of an empty garbage can to help discourage raccoons. Resident landowners and tenants should have American Animal Control®LLC live-trap all raccoons that are causing damage on their property. The raccoons must be euthanized or released within the county of capture on property in which they have been captured on in order to prevent the spread of disease, the DNR encourages wildlife control professionals to safely and humanely euthanize the raccoons, if possible. Live-traps can be purchased from hardware stores and garden centers. If you are not able to perform humane euthanasia on the raccoon you trapped yourself, or do not have a location that is approved by the DNR to relocate the animal on, you should contact American Animal Control® LLC.
Occasionally, raccoons may enter a house through a pet door. Close all doors that provide access to other parts of the house, and open windows and doors to the outside and maybe the animal will exit on its own. While waiting for the animal to escape, you should then call the wildlife control specialists at American Animal Control® LLC to assist, locate, and repair, or close up all of the openings, to prevent the raccoon from returning.
If the female raccoon has had her litter in your attic or chimney already, contact a licensed nuisance wild animal control operator like us at American Animal Control® LLC for professional assistance. Once the raccoon is removed from the chimney, we will install a chimney cap. If the raccoon is removed from the attic we will identify and seal all attic entries after the raccoons have been removed.
Always trim overhanging tree limbs that allow raccoons easy access to your roof and attic. If the raccoons were in your attic or crawlspace you may need us to remove all the droppings and contaminated insulation. Sometimes raccoons in the attic can do a lot of damage and should be taken seriously. Raccoon droppings, fleas, and urine saturated insulation should always be removed to prevent health risk and future mold problems. If you live in or near Indianapolis Indiana and you are having raccoon problems give us a call.
REMOVE RACCOON IN CHIMNEY INDIANAPOLIS.
American Animal Control removes animals in chimneys almost daily. Most of the time when a customer will call they will be complaining of hearing noises in the chimney. Our wildlife removal specialists regularly remove several types of animals in chimneys.
• Raccoons in chimneys.
• Bats in chimneys.
• Squirrels in chimneys.
• Birds in chimneys and fireplaces.
INDIANAPOLIS - REMOVAL OF RACCOONS IN CHIMNEYS.
The most common animals we remove from chimneys are raccoons. Raccoons and chimneys are like magnets. Its seems like chimneys are now more commonly used for a den or nest location than trees in most residential areas. Each and every customer with a raccoon in their chimney have somethings in common, there is no chimney cap, a missing chimney cap, a damaged chimney cap, or a ripped or damaged chimney screen.
Raccoons will first access a roof from a over hanging tree limb, a down spout, or easily just climb up an outside corner of a home. Once a raccoon is on the roof it will look for any possible entrance point. The most easy of all entrance points for a raccoon to find on a home is a chimney without a cap. Raccoons will “shimmy” up and down the chimney with ease. Once down a chimney , behind the damper, raccoons will begin to build a nest or den. It usally starts by urinating all over to mark for “ownership”. Similar to a dog and a fire hydrant. Customers sometimes will call saying they have a bad smell coming from the fireplace area.
INDIANAPOLIS -REMOVE BABY RACCOONS IN CHIMNEY.
Some customers won’t even know they have a raccoon in the chimney until they start to hear the chattering noise that raccoon babies make. Raccoons have a mask for a reason, they are little “bandits”. Raccoons will sneak in and out of a chimney most times very quietly without even being noticed. Raccoons are mostly nocturnal and many times won’t move around in a chimney or fireplace until the middle of the night after most customers are sound asleep.
A female raccoon will give birth to her young usually in the early spring. With an average of 3-6 per litter. When the raccoon babies are first born you may hear a slight squeaking sound from the fireplace area. But once the raccoon babies are 4-6 weeks old the chattering begins. The raccoon babies can make chattering noises in the chimney all times of the day. This is when American Animal Control® LLC will receive a lot of our “raccoon in chimney ” calls.
INDIANAPOLIS -REMOVE DEAD RACCOONS FROM CHIMNEY.
Several times a year we remove dead raccoons from chimneys or fireplaces. Recently we had a call from a lady that said she tried to start a fire in her fireplace and the whole house filled up with smoke. She told us that she may of had a dead raccoon in her chimney. When our service technicians asked her why she thought it was a raccoon? She said in the spring she heard noises coming from the chimney so she started a fire with hopes to “smoke it out”. This is NOT the way to try and remove raccoons in the fireplace. She obviously killed the raccoon in the chimney when she tried to smoke it out. Even if your were able to drive the raccoon out of your chimney with smoke, you may have raccoon babies behind the damper plate that might die, and then you could end up with a horrible smell in your house. Occasionally a customer that thinks the raccoon had left the chimney because they had not been hearing noises in the chimney will cover the chimney with a concrete block or plywood. It is never a good idea to cover a chimney without thoroughly inspecting the chimney and damper box for raccoon babies.
INDIANAPOLIS-ALWAYS HIRE A PROFESSIONAL RACCOON EXTERMINATOR..
Most people that call a professional raccoon exterminator do not know how the raccoon removal procedure works. American Animal Control LLC service technicians remove hundreds of raccoons per year. Each raccoon in the chimney job can be unique. Some chimneys have multiple chambers or old dampers that are almost welded shut from all the rain and snow running down the chimney because there was no chimney cap in place. Some chimneys are several stories high and require very tall ladders or lifts . Safety concerns are not just with the handling of the raccoons, which may have diseases, but also with the navigation of the roof lines that maybe quite steep. American Animal Control® LLC wildlife removal specialist are highly trained at removal of raccoons in chimneys in various situations. Removal of raccoons in chimneys should only be performed by a licensed professional.
INDIANAPOLIS - HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE A RACCOON IN YOUR CHIMNEY?
A couple years ago a customer called and said every time they would sit in their living room around the fireplace they would get bit by fleas. They had know idea that a raccoon living in the chimney can have fleas and the fleas can enter the living quarters in through the fireplace.
Another customer realized they had a dead raccoon in the chimney when they came home from work and whole house was covered in black flies. Sometimes if the damper is cracked open just a little the chimney will get a upward draft and you won’t smell a dead raccoon in the chimney. But as soon as the maggots hatch out into flies, you could have a real mess on your hands.
Many times it will just be the smell that is the sure give away that you have a raccoon or animal in the chimney. Wheather it is the smell of urine, fecal matter, or a ” dead animal smell ” you should call a raccoon exterminator or raccoon removal specialist immediately.
INDIANAPOLIS -PREVENTION OF RACCOONS IN CHIMNEY IS THE KEY..
The key to preventing a raccoon from showing up in your chimney or fireplace is as simple as having a properly installed chimney cap.
Many times a year we get calls from customers that come home to find their house or cottage in total “shambles”. No chimney cap was on, and the damper was left open, or the raccoon was able to open it and enter the home. This can sometimes turn into thousands of dollars in damage and cleanup fees to the home owner. The simple solution in prevention is a chimney cap. American Animal Control® LLC service techs install hundreds of chimney caps a year. Most are stock sizes and we carry them on our trucks.
If you think you have a raccoon or animal in your chimney or fireplace give us a call. If you do not see that your chimney has a chimney cap, give us a call. The last thing you want to do is wake up to a raccoon on your kitchen counter.
INDIANAPOLIS WILDLIFE SERVICE.
Also providing other types of animal removal or pest control for the Indianapolis area home and business owners:
• Indianapolis Bat Removal • Indianapolis Ground Hog Removal • Indianapolis Skunk Removal • Indianapolis Beaver Removal • Indianapolis Bird Removal • Indianapolis Mouse Removal • Indianapolis Rat Removal • Indianapolis Snake Removal • Indianapolis Mole Removal • Indianapolis Animal Damage Control and Wildlife Exclusion Service.