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Atlanta Raccoon Trapping and Removal

Young raccoon in a cage trap looking toward the camera at the animal removal technician who trapped and removed the raccoon from a house.

Raccoons are among the most recognizable of nuisance wildlife because of their "masked" faces and ringed tails. They're also among the most annoying, troublesome, destructive, and sometimes dangerous animals that we handle. They're very strong, very smart, have very good manual dexterity, and are excellent climbers. Raccoons can get into any part of a house from the basement or crawl space to the attic.

Raccoons are also very good fighters, especially when they're cornered or surprised. Healthy raccoons won't go out of their way to attack humans; but when they feel threatened, they're willing and well-prepared to fight.

Part of the problem with raccoons is that a lot of people seem to think that they're cute, which perhaps they are, in their own way. But that doesn't make them friendly. Adult wild raccoons are decidedly unfriendly animals. Even domesticated ones aren't very friendly. Pet raccoons learn to tolerate people, but their natural dispositions are very independent. The fact that they tolerate humans who keep feeding them doesn't mean that they like humans very much. Their nature is to be independent and solitary.

Raccoons are also big enough, strong enough, and skilled enough fighters that they can put a serious -- perhaps deadly -- hurting on a human. So don't even think about do-it-yourself raccoon removal. Raccoons are very capable of seriously hurting you if you don't know how to safely trap and remove them from a place they've come to call home.

The need for raccoon removal in Atlanta peaks in the fall and winter when most young male raccoons leave their mothers' nests for their first winters, but raccoons are active all year.

Raccoon Damage and Health Risks

Raccoon hole near the ground going into a house in Atlanta

Ground-level raccoon damage to a home in Atlanta

Raccoons can do very serious damage getting into a home and once they get inside. They tear up insulation and HVAC ducts in attics, damage items that are stored there, build nests that can be quite large and present a fire hazard, and cause damage to the structure itself when they do things like tear the shingles off the roof or enlarge holes made by other animals so they can get into the house.

Raccoons also present health, sanitation, and safety hazards when they get inside houses. Like wild animals in general, raccoons are hosts to parasites that can transmit diseases; and their droppings can harbor bacterial and fungal pathogens that can become airborne and make people sick. This is especially true if you have forced-air heat or central air-conditioning, and any part of the system is in the space where the raccoon is (such as the attic or crawl space).

Another danger when raccoons get into a home is that a family member may accidentally confront and startle the animal. This happens a lot when raccoons are living in a seldom-accessed storage area in an attic or crawl space, and a family member goes into the area to get something. Raccoons also nest in chimneys quite often and sometimes travel -- or fall -- into the living area of the house.

Raccoons and Rabies

Another thing that makes raccoons dangerous is that they have one of the higher incidences of rabies of our Georgia nuisance wildlife species. Rabies is an incurable disease that is transmitted in the saliva of infected animals, especially carnivores like raccoons. If there is any chance at all that you have been exposed, you will have to undergo prophylactic rabies treatment immediately. Once the symptoms of rabies appear in a human, it's too late to treat it. The patient will die.

In the case of raccoons, the risk of rabies is compounded by the fact that they sometimes become very passive and weak and are more likely to come out in the daytime when they are infected. To someone not familiar with the symptoms (especially children), these sick animals may appear "friendly" or "tame," prompting children and other good-natured folks to want to feed them, pet them, rescue them, or even take them into their homes.

We cannot possibly stress this enough: Leave wild raccoons alone; and especially leave wild raccoons that appear sick, tame, or friendly alone. Teach this to your children, as well. Wild animals in general should not be touched, handled, petted, or otherwise handled by non-professionals; but wild raccoons should especially be avoided.

Raccoon Intelligence and Dexterity

Baby raccoon in a box trap after being removed from a house in Atlanta, Georgia

Baby raccoon removed from a house in Atlanta

Two things that make raccoon control especially challenging are, firstly, that they're very intelligent animals; and secondly, that they have better dexterity than most animals.

Raccoons are intelligent enough to learn how to do things like open gates and garbage pails, pry away plywood covering openings in buildings, and avoid tripping traps. They also have a rudimentary ability to use tools, such as using a stick to open the latch on a gate that they can't quite reach. Their intelligence makes raccoons more difficult to trap, remove, and seal out of a home or building than most other critters.

Raccoons also have very good dexterity in their front paws, which also have sensitive nerve endings that they use for additional sensory input. That's actually the reason why raccoons "wash" their food. The water makes those nerves more sensitive and helps them avoid eating spoiled food. It's almost like a second sense of smell.

Atlanta Raccoon Removal and Exclusion

As annoying and destructive as raccoons can be, they're still protected animals that must be trapped and removed in a humane manner. We only use safe, humane, non-chemical methods to control raccoons.

Trapping, removing, and excluding raccoons can be a challenge because of their intelligence, dexterity, and strength. More so than most animals, raccoons will often make a special effort to get back into a home after they've been sealed out; and they have the intelligence, dexterity, and physical strength to do that unless a first-class raccoon-exclusion job was done. DIY raccoon-proofing or raccoon exclusion done by handymen rarely works out well.

Raccoons can also get into any part of a house from the crawl space to the roof; so when raccoon-proofing a house, the entire house must be inspected and any possible entry points sealed, regardless of where the raccoons were found. This may include things like installing raccoon-proof chimney caps on the chimneys, and sturdy doors on the entrances to the basement or crawl space. Raccoon exclusion truly is a top-to-bottom job that requires the skills of a professional.

Luckily, that's why we're here. Rid-A-Critter is Metro Atlanta's most well-established wildlife control company. We've done many thousands of raccoon-removal and raccoon-proofing jobs throughout all of Northern Georgia, and we've pretty much got it down to a science. We also have the personnel and equipment to handle any raccoon control job, no matter how big (or how small).

Please contact us if you need help with a raccoon problem. We look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, please take a look at some pictures our crew has taken of some of the thousands of raccoon jobs we've done throughout the Metro Atlanta area.

Raccoon Control Gallery

For more information about raccoon removal or how to keep raccoons out of your home, please contact us.

 

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This afternoon we'll be replacing the attic insulation as part of a Fairburn, Georgia raccoon-removal job. The raccoon problem in the attic was ignored for too long, and there's raccoon scat and urine pretty much everywhere.
by Webmaster
Jun 17, 2022 11:01:36 am.

Raccoons tore a hole about two feet wide through the water-damaged wooden soffit panel to get into the attic of a house in Fairburn, Georgia. Our raccoon-removal crew will repair the damage as part of animal-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 17, 2022 10:53:03 am.

A wildlife-removal crew working out of our Metro Atlanta office is doing raccoon damage repair in Smyrna, Georgia today. The raccoons tore a section of siding off the chimney box to get into the attic, from whence they have since been trapped and removed.
by Webmaster
Jun 15, 2022 09:53:54 am.

We just gone done with a Marietta, Georgia raccoon removal and animal-proofing job. Raccoons are very strong, very intelligent animals who can do considerable damage to a home. The good news is that sealing raccoons out of a house will also keep wildlife of lesser strength and intelligence out of a house.
by Webmaster
Jun 14, 2022 12:11:49 pm.

Raccoons in the attic of a house in Dacula, Georgia tore up nearly all the insulation from between the joists. Wildlife-removal specialists from our Metro Atlanta office will replace the insulation once the raccoons have been removed and the house has been animal-proof.
by Webmaster
Jun 14, 2022 10:52:59 am.

Raccoons tore a hole through the water-damaged plywood soffit panel to get into the attic of a house in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Our raccoon-removal crew will repair both the water damage and the raccoon damage as part of the animal-exclusion part of the job.
by Webmaster
Jun 08, 2022 10:46:38 am.

Today our wildlife damage-repair team is repairing water and raccoon damage to the soffit of a house in Jasper, Georgia. The raccoons have already been trapped and removed from the attic. Now we're cleaning up the mess they made, repairing the damage, and animal-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 08, 2022 10:27:57 am.

An Animal Damage Repair Crew from our Metro Atlanta Office is Repairing Serious Damage to the Chimney Box at a Mableton, Georgia Raccoon-Removal Job
by Webmaster
Jun 06, 2022 09:46:56 am.

Raccoons tore a hole about the size of a grapefruit through the water-damaged soffit panel to get into the attic of a house in Smyrna, Georgia. Our raccoon-removal crew will repair the water damage and eliminate the source of the problem as part of the wildlife-exclusion phase of the job.
by Webmaster
Jun 03, 2022 09:44:59 am.

Pesky raccoons tore a section of siding off the chimney enclosure to get into the attic of a house in Marietta, Georgia. An animal-removal crew from our Metro Atlanta office is trapping and removing the raccoons, repairing the damage, and animal-proofing the house to keep wildlife out.
by Webmaster
Jun 03, 2022 08:50:54 am.

Animal damage repair technicians are repairing serious damage to the roof as part of a Douglasville, Georgia raccoon-removal job. Raccoons are very strong animals for their size and can do a lot of damage trying to get into a house.
by Webmaster
Jun 01, 2022 10:38:05 am.

Raccoons basically muscled their way through a gap between the soffit panel and the shingles at a roof junction of a house in Atlanta, buckling the soffit panel in the process. Our wildlife-removal technicians will repair the damage as part of the raccoon-removal job.
by Webmaster
May 23, 2022 11:24:36 am.

A foundation vent cover mysteriously vanished from the cinder block foundation and allowed raccoons into the crawl space of a house in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Our raccoon-removal team will replace the vent cover with a new one as part of the wildlife-exclusion part of the job.
by Webmaster
May 20, 2022 09:41:02 am.

Heading to a snake call in Griffin Ga.
by Jason Arruda
May 09, 2022 02:31:20 pm.

Bats and carpenter bees are flying , Hampton to Ellen, off to demorest, snakes in Hoschton.
by Chris Collender
May 05, 2022 08:49:43 am.

Raccoons tore a hole through the rusty steel soffit vent to get into the attic of a house in Douglasville, Georgia. Our wildlife exclusion technicians will replace the soffit vent as part of the raccoon-removal and animal-proofing job.
by Webmaster
May 03, 2022 10:21:29 am.

Raccoons tore a hole clear through the roof sheathing to get into the attic of a house in Newnan, Georgia. The raccoons have been trapped and removed by one of our Metro Atlanta wildlife-control crews. Now we're repairing the raccoon damage and replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Apr 29, 2022 09:22:37 am.

Bats and carpenter bees are in full effect, From Rome, ga to Hampton, ga, then off to Atlanta. Busy times
by Chris Collender
Apr 28, 2022 11:15:13 am.

Wildlife Damage Repair Specialists from our Metro Atlanta Office are Repairing Raccoon Damage to the Chimney of a House in Stockbridge, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 28, 2022 09:18:31 am.

We just finished up doing raccoon damage repair in McDonough. Wildlife in general can be destructive, but raccoons are a special kind of annoying when they get into attics. Removing the raccoons is just the beginning of the job. Cleaning up after them and repairing the damage is the hard part.
by Webmaster
Apr 26, 2022 10:42:35 am.

A wildlife damage-repair crew from our Metro Atlanta office is repairing raccoon damage to the soffit panel of a house in Marietta. The raccoons tore a hole about the size of a football through the soffit panel to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 14, 2022 09:45:45 am.

A foundation vent cover simply fell off the foundation, which allowed raccoons into the crawl space of a Mableton, Georgia home. We're trapping and removing the raccoons and replacing the vent covers to keep nuisance wildlife and pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
Apr 12, 2022 09:45:56 am.

Busy critter day today, went to locus grove for some bats, Riverdale to get some squirrels, several Atlanta stops, of course rats, then ended in Marietta, rats again
by Chris Collender
Apr 11, 2022 07:25:46 pm.

One of our crews is doing raccoon damage repair to the roof of a house in Kennesaw. Damage repair is a standard part of our wildlife-removal work. It's usually the same physical work as the animal exclusion. In other words, the repairs are done in a way that will keep nuisance wildlife out of the house.
by Webmaster
Apr 11, 2022 09:54:38 am.

One of Our Wildlife Damage-Repair Crews is Addressing the Aftermath in the Attic after a Marietta, Georgia Raccoon-Removal Job
by Webmaster
Apr 08, 2022 10:10:43 am.

Beautiful weather, bats are flying, and squirrels are breading, good times. Athens to snellville, over to Stone Mountain, then out to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Apr 08, 2022 09:31:43 am.

Wildlife-removal technicians from our Metro Atlanta office just removed a raccoon from the attic of a Covington, Georgia home. It's a young adult male who most likely moved into the house last fall. Male raccoons usually spend their first winters alone or with other bachelor males.
by Webmaster
Apr 06, 2022 09:22:56 am.

Today we're doing raccoon damage repair at a house in College Park. As is often the case this time of year, the raccoons collapsed the soffit panels because they've gained weight since they were youngsters last fall, when they first moved into the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 06, 2022 09:15:32 am.

Rain, rain go away, Chris C wants to do Some quotes today, Morganton(flyers), Carrollton(rats), College Park(raccoons), Brookhaven(squirrels)
by Chris Collender
Apr 05, 2022 02:15:46 pm.

A Crew of Wildlife Damage-Repair Technicians from our Metro Atlanta Office are Busy Repairing Raccoon Damage at a House in Stone Mountain, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 05, 2022 09:37:52 am.

Macon, Warner Robins, Perry and Forsyth Ga today bidding jobs and warranty services. Got crews all over south Ga as well sealing homes against bats and squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 04, 2022 02:12:52 pm.

Customer in Macon Ga.called in having issues with snakes entering her basement. Going out there now.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 01, 2022 10:28:59 am.

The Atlanta, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides raccoon trapping, removal and exclusion in all of Metro Atlanta including the City of Atlanta and the communities of Berkeley Lake, Buckhead, Cartersville, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Douglasville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Fayetteville, Hull, Johns Creek, Kennesaw, Lithonia, Loganville, Mableton, Marietta, McDonough, Newnan, Norcross, Peachtree City, Powder Springs, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, and Vinings. We are fully licensed and insured.

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