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Atlanta Raccoon Trapping and Removal

Raccoon walking along the roof of a house in Sandy Springs

Raccoon walking along the roof of a house in Sandy Springs

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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We have a technician on his way to remove a trapped raccoon from the attic of a house in Peachtree City, Georgia. We'll also be animal-proofing the roof and repairing the damage the raccoons did to the house.
by Webmaster
Apr 14, 2021 10:31:56 am.

Serious Raccoon Damage to the Soffit of a House in East Point, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 07, 2021 10:46:14 am.

One of our technicians is heading out to remove a trapped gray squirrel from the roof of a house in Johns Creek, Georgia. The squirrel was caught early this morning and will be relocated to the forest, away from homes or buildings.
by Webmaster
Mar 30, 2021 10:10:23 am.

Today we're repairing raccoon damage to the soffit of a house in Atlanta as the next-to-last step of a raccoon-removal and animal-proofing job. We already removed the raccoons. Next we'll be replacing the contaminated insulation.
by Webmaster
Mar 24, 2021 10:49:32 am.

Hope everyone stays safe from the storms. Listen out for animals, they might be taking shelter too!
by Amber A.
Mar 17, 2021 05:45:47 pm.

Our technicians are replacing a section of soffit panel at a Senoia, Georgia home to repair the damage raccoons did when they walked on top of it. The panel collapsed under the raccoons' weight and is all bent out of shape now.
by Webmaster
Mar 17, 2021 10:16:29 am.

A crew from our Atlanta office is repairing raccoon damage to the roof soffit of a house in McDonough, Georgia. They've already trapped the raccoons and removed them from the attic.
by Webmaster
Mar 17, 2021 10:13:06 am.

Today is a wonderful day to call Ridacritter for all of your nuisance animal exclusion needs! We cover rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, and more!
by Jake A.
Mar 12, 2021 02:54:13 pm.

We just got a call that there's a raccoon in a trap that we placed in the attic of a house in Atlanta. We're sending a technician right over to remove the raccoon from the attic.
by Webmaster
Mar 12, 2021 10:45:31 am.

Warm weather brought out calls for several animals today! From Snakes, to squirrels, mice and bees!!
by Amber A.
Mar 10, 2021 07:41:48 pm.

We have a technician on his way to remove a raccoon that we caught in a trap in the attic of a house in Dallas, Georgia. We'll also be animal-proofing the house to prevent future problems with critters in the attic.
by Webmaster
Mar 09, 2021 11:09:06 am.

Rats, mice and squirrels today. Wildlife repairs with trapping. Animal exclusion needed call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 25, 2021 10:58:52 am.

We have technicians repairing water and raccoon damage to the soffit panel and roof of a house in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The existing water damage made it easier for raccoons to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Feb 25, 2021 10:16:56 am.

Rainy all over Georgia it seems like. Hard for us to keep dry when we’re determined to evict the animals and seal to keep them out. In Albany Ga now for a couple quotes and then to Zebulon Ga for another quote for squirrels removal. Be safe
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2021 11:10:35 am.

We have technicians repairing raccoon damage to the soffit and roof of a house in Monroe, Georgia. They've already trapped and removed the raccoons from the attic.
by Webmaster
Feb 17, 2021 10:15:23 am.

We have a technician with excellent carpentry skills building and installing a new crawl space door to keep raccoons out of a Riverdale, Georgia home. We've already removed the raccoons that were in the crawl space.
by Webmaster
Feb 11, 2021 10:27:34 am.

Serious Raccoon Damage to the Soffit of a House in Newnan, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 09, 2021 10:26:18 am.

Headed over to Albany Georgia for a quote to exclude squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 02, 2021 11:44:36 am.

Give Ridacritter a call for any of your nuisance animal needs. From Bats, to Bees, Squirrels, to Rats, Ridacritter solves all of your problems. Call for an exclusion today!
by Jake A.
Jan 30, 2021 10:25:50 am.

We have technicians repairing raccoon damage to the heating ducts in the attic of a house in Avondale Estates, Georgia. The raccoons tore the insulation right off the outside of the ducts.
by Webmaster
Jan 27, 2021 10:02:41 am.

Very busy right now. Lots of squirrels and rats in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Looks like bats are flying already as I’ve got several bat jobs to look at this week. Had a customer yesterday with squirrels and bats.
by Chris Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:07:01 am.

One of our crews is repairing raccoon damage to the roof of a house in Conyers, Georgia. The raccoons pulled the soffit panel down from the roof to get into the attic. We'll trap and remove the raccoons and fix the damage.
by Webmaster
Jan 25, 2021 08:59:04 am.

Our technicians are repairing raccoon damage at a house in Atlanta. They're replacing a section of soffit panel that the raccoons tore off, as well as trapping and removing the raccoons and animal-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 20, 2021 10:24:18 am.

We'll Repair the Raccoon Damage to the Soffit of a Kennesaw, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Jan 15, 2021 10:14:39 am.

We have technicians repairing raccoon damage to the roof and siding of a house in Mableton, Georgia. They're also trapping and removing any raccoons that are already in the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 13, 2021 10:53:09 am.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

We have a crew doing racoon damage repair at a house in Lithonia, Georgia. The raccoons really tore up the soffit. We'll fix the damage and replace the soffit panel. And oh yeah, remove the raccoons, of course.
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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, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Douglasville, Duluth, Fayetteville, Hull, Johns Creek, Lilburn, Lithonia, Loganville, Mableton, Marietta, McDonough, Newnan, Norcross, Peachtree City, Powder Springs, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, and Vinings.

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