Local South Bend Raccoon Removal

raccoon removal from chimneyAmerican Animal ControlĀ® LLCĀ offers the most innovative South Bend raccoon removal techniques in the industry. Our techs have over 60 years of combined experience inĀ raccoon removal, raccoon control, raccoon trapping, and other wildlife management services.

Raccoons primarily move in low light condition. At night while youā€™re sleeping the masked bandits begin to seek out what kind of havoc they can do. Mostly looking for food, they 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 people with raccoons in their dumpster and or 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.

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Most raccoons like to build their dens up high in holes of trees. But more and more, 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.

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Although raccoons appear to be ā€œplayfulā€ or ā€œcuteā€, 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 and also can have many other diseases as well as raccoon roundworm.

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Removing RaccoonsĀ in South Bend

American Animal ControlĀ® LLCĀ licensed wildlife removal technicians will provide you with the most extensive home inspection available. Locating all possible entry points, damage, or even provide you and your insurance company with an estimate to repair, exclude, or clean out contaminated insulation caused by raccoons.

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Our company 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 ā€œnon-targetā€ animals like; skunks, opossums, and sometimes even the neighborā€™s cat.

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Our Raccoon Exclusion Methods

Our technicians believe the best way to rid of raccoons is to locate the main entry point and any secondary points of entry and barricade an animal trap into it. We generally then take the first one away and reset until the wildlife removal process is complete. And, not only will we rid of 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.

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So if you are hearing noises in your attic, noises in your walls, noises in your chimney, or if you are seeing them climbing on your roof or raccoons digging in your yard, call us right away. We are wildlife control, trapping and pest control specialists and truly want to help you solve your raccoon problem.

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Raccoon Behavior

two raccoons removed from homeThe raccoon is one ofĀ North Americaā€™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 and nuisance wildlife. The 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.Ā  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. Raccoons are mostly nocturnal and usually spend daylight hours at rest.

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Urban Habitat

Raccoons in the South Bend 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 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, their populations in North America can approach 5-10 per acre. Even in less favorable habitat, they still may occur at the rate of about one per 40 acres.

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Mating Season

nursing mother raccoonMost 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 someoneā€™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.

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Springtime is when the mother raccoon will give birth to her young. This is when many customers will call saying they are hearing baby raccoons ā€œchatteringā€ in the attic. The female raccoon is very aggressive at this time. Our customers will say they have a ā€œfamilyā€ of raccoons living in the attic. Most people do not know that a female raccoon living in an attic will not stand for a male or even another female that may be hanging around. Just recently one of our licensed raccoon removal specialists found a dead male raccoon in the attic of a customer home where he was removing a litter of baby raccoons that were in the attic. Sometimes we will even use a gland from a male raccoon to get a female to remove her young from a ā€œhard to get to spotā€ in an attic.

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Sometimes the female raccoon will give birth to her young in such an area of an attic or wall cavity that it is almost impossible to get out without causing damage to the home. We will barricade a trap at the entrance point where the female raccoon is coming and going into the attic. We will then trap her, put male raccoon gland on her, then turn her back loose into the attic. She will return to the raccoon babies and the scent of the male gland makes her think a male raccoon is present in the attic trying to get to her babies. She then will move them out of the attic to an alternative den location.

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Other times, in the spring, we will remove multiple male raccoons in the attic. We call themā€ bachelor groupsā€. Males often will run together just like a group of bandits. These big male raccoons can also cause lots of damage in the attic. We have even on several occasions removed raccoons that were living in the attic that actually entered down low into the crawlspace. Once in the crawlspace, the raccoons climbed up a wall cavity or air duct chase and into the attic. It doesnā€™t matter if you live in a million dollar home or a small mobile home; if a raccoon wants in your attic, it is hard to stop it.

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Raccoon Diet

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 raccoonā€™s touch. If water is not nearby, the raccoon will forgo this ritual.

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Raccoon Exclusion

raccoon damage to roofThe 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 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.

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Raccoons are normally curious and sometimes are trapped. Common sets for them are cage trapping and conibear traps. Various lures and baits can be used to trap them successfully. Stream or ditch banks, as well as paths commonly used by raccoons, are productive trapping sites.

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Common Problems

For many years raccoons were forest dwellers of limited abundance. During the Roaring ā€™20s, when raccoon coats were a craze, pelt prices soared and population 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 they were raised for release. In the late 1940s and through the 1950s, 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 ecology have been initiated on state-owned marshland, national forest land, and private farmland since that time.

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The raccoon harvest is monitored annually, and yearly surveys statewide abundance have been maintained. Evidence gathered indicates this mammal had found its niche in our modern environment and is here to stay. Getting rid of or controlling them 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 trapping will always be your best option.

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If you are looking to get rid of raccoons or otherĀ nuisance wildlife, we are experts in havingĀ animals removed quickly.
We provideĀ affordableĀ wildlife removal,Ā wildlife control, andĀ pest control services for both residential homes and commercial buildings.