Raccoon Trapping & Removal Services
American Animal Control® LLC offers the most innovative raccoon removal techniques in the industry. Our techs have over 60 years of combined experience in raccoon removal, raccoon control, and raccoon trapping.
Raccoons primarily move in low light condition. At night while you're sleeping the masked bandits begin look for what kind of havoc they can create. Mostly looking for food, raccoons will eat almost anything. We receive many calls yearly from people with raccoons in their dumpster 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 often become magnets for every raccoon in the neighborhood.
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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. They tear holes in roofs, rip open soffits, and cause hundreds and thousands of dollars in damage to homes every year.
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 roundworm.
American Animal Control® LLC licensed wildlife-pest removal technicians 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 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 like; 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 entry 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 from your property; we can also repair any damage and secure the entrance points if desired and we can give you an estimate for the additional repairs.
So if you are hearing noises in your attic, 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 wildlife-pest removal specialist and truly want to help you solve your raccoon problem.
The raccoon is one of North America'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 South Bend 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 footprints that are embedded along countless streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds and scattered across most landscapes of Indiana. South Bend 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 littermates. Some appear almost solid black, and others may have a yellowish cast. A few albino raccoons have also been seen in and near the South Bend area. South Bend raccoons are mostly nocturnal and usually spend daylight hours at rest.
Raccoons in the South Bend, Indiana 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 homes. The northeastern section of Indiana, blessed with numerous glacial ponds, is a raccoon stronghold. The fertile farmland of central Indiana is also home for many raccoons. The heavily forested south central hills and northwestern prairie regions are less attractive to raccoons. Under ideal conditions, raccoon levels in North America 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 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 someone’s home 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.
Raccoons are opportunists.
A variety of plant and animal foods are eaten. Raccoon are adept 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. If water is nearby, the raccoon will appear to be washing its food; however, the animal 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.
The cries of a hound in pursuit of raccoon have pierced frost-chilled skies ever since the early pioneer days. Night hunters 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.
Raccoons are normally curious and sometimes are trapped. Common sets for a raccoon are cage trapping and conibear traps. Various lures and baits can be used to trap raccoons. Stream or ditch banks, as well as paths commonly used by raccoons, are productive trapping sites.
For many years raccoons were forest dwellers of limited abundance. During the Roaring ’20s, when raccoon coats were a craze, pelt prices soared and raccoon numbers crashed. This decline resulted in the purchase of raccoons by the Conservation Department and private clubs for restocking. Breeding stock was purchased from other states and raccoons were raised for release. In the late 1940s and through the 1950s, raccoon numbers increased throughout the Midwest, even in areas where stocking had not been attempted. In spite of isolated disease outbreaks, primarily canine distemper, a high raccoon population has been maintained since the 1960s. Studies of raccoon ecology have been initiated on state-owned marshland, national forest land and private farmland since that time.
The raccoon harvest is monitored annually, and yearly surveys statewide abundance have been maintained. Evidence gathered concerning raccoons indicates this mammal had found its niche in our modern environment and is here to stay. Removing or controlling raccoons in gardens, some people have tried single a strand of electric fence that can be strung 8 inches above the ground around the perimeter of the garden, or some have tried the use of a radio at night, placed it under a garbage can overnight, and it may discourage raccoons from approaching. But professional raccoon removal will always be your best option.
Raccoon Removal & Prevention Tips:
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. Legally, 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 and prolinetraps.com. If you are not able to perform humane euthanasia on the raccoon you trapped yourself, or have a location that is approved by the DNR to relocate the animal on, you should contact American Animal Control, LLC.
Occasionally, raccoons 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 call the wildlife control specialists at American Animal Control to assist, locate, repair, and close up all of the openings to prevent the raccoon from returning.
Raccoon babies in the attic or chimney?
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.