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Atlanta Raccoon Trapping and Removal

Serious raccoon damage to the roof of a house in Sandy Springs

Serious raccoon damage to 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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New YouTube Video: Raccoon Removed from a House in Hampton, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 16, 2021 10:16:44 am.

Happy Monday! Hope everyone has a wonderful and productive week! And if animals are keeping you up at night, give us a call!
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Jun 14, 2021 05:59:26 pm.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
by Amber A.
Jun 12, 2021 07:23:35 pm.

It’s a competition between bats and raccoons getting up in the attics the last few days! If it’s in your attic, we can get it!
by Amber A.
Jun 11, 2021 06:04:09 pm.

The rain seems to be driving the animals in! We can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 10, 2021 06:04:42 pm.

One of our Metro Atlanta animal damage repair crews is repairing raccoon damage to the soffit vents at a house in Marietta, Georgia. The screens were pretty badly corroded to begin with, and the raccoons tore right through them. We'll be replacing them with new vents.
by Webmaster
Jun 10, 2021 11:44:59 am.

The rain doesn’t scare the animals away! If you’ve noticed one taking shelter in your home, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 07, 2021 07:24:17 pm.

We have a technician on his way to remove a trapped raccoon from the attic of a house in Atlanta. We removed trapped animals from the house as soon as possible, usually within a few hours.
by Webmaster
Jun 07, 2021 10:14:09 am.

Today, the Raccoons took the spotlight! Lots of customers reporting raccoon activity in their attic!
by Amber A.
Jun 04, 2021 06:05:55 pm.

New YouTube Video: Raccoon Removed from a House in Atlanta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 04, 2021 08:48:05 am.

Here's a Raccoon Removed from the Attic of a House in Douglasville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 03, 2021 10:38:00 am.

An animal damage-repair team from our Lilburn office is repairing squirrel damage to the porch roof of a house in Lilburn, Georgia. The raccoons, who already have been trapped and removed from the house, tore the wooden fascia right off the porch.
by Webmaster
Jun 02, 2021 10:19:34 am.

Pesky Raccoon Made a Mess in the Attic of this House in Lithia Springs, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 26, 2021 10:23:21 am.

A broken screen behind a gable vent allowed a colony of bats to get into the attic of a house in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Our bat-removal specialists are replacing the screen and sealing up any other gaps they find to make the house bat-proof.
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May 25, 2021 02:16:41 pm.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
by Amber A.
May 21, 2021 06:06:17 pm.

Chris found serious raccoon damage to the roof of a house in Atlanta. We're sending a crew to trap and remove the raccoons from the attic, repair the damage, and animal-proof the house.
by Webmaster
May 19, 2021 10:35:45 am.

Video of a Mother and Baby Raccoon Removed from an Attic
by Webmaster
May 19, 2021 09:55:22 am.

An animal-removal crew from our Metro Atlanta office has removed the raccoons from the attic of a house in Kennesaw, Georgia. Now they're cleaning up the mess the raccoons made, which will include replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
May 18, 2021 11:09:42 am.

Happy Friday!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
May 14, 2021 06:04:38 pm.

I think there was more animal activity outside then inside today! If they get in, we can get them out!
by Amber A.
May 13, 2021 06:10:20 pm.

Example of Raccoon Damage to the Roof of a House in McDonough, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 12, 2021 10:40:22 am.

Cooler weather coming in means the animals coming in! We can help! :)
by Amber A.
May 11, 2021 06:58:32 pm.

Serious Raccoon Damage to the Roof of a House in Atlanta
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May 11, 2021 10:18:13 am.

Young Raccoon Trapped and Removed from the Attic of a Johns Creek, Georgia Home
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May 05, 2021 09:28:41 am.

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May 04, 2021 10:23:55 am.

What a Monday! Hope everyone stays safe out there!
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May 03, 2021 06:03:57 pm.

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
by Amber A.
Apr 30, 2021 06:13:44 pm.

Pile of Raccoon Scat in the Attic of a House in Johns Creek, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 27, 2021 08:53:02 am.

One of our Metro Atlanta animal damage repair crews is repairing raccoon damage to the soffit of a house in Stockbridge, Georgia. The raccoons tore a big hole through the soffit panel to get into the house.
by Webmaster
Apr 22, 2021 10:38:35 am.

Today We'll be Repairing this Raccoon Damage to a House in Covington, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 16, 2021 10:15:05 am.

One of our animal damage-repair teams is repairing raccoon damage to the soffit and roof of a house in Atlanta, Georgia. We'll also set traps to catch the raccoons and remove them from the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 15, 2021 11:00:49 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, 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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