Occasionally, these masked bandits can get into trouble and cause damage to homes in Indiana. When the time comes to get rid of the raccoons that are becoming a nuisance and causing damage, you will need a trapping service. Raccoons can cause damage if they are improperly trapped. You will want to utilize a business with experience in humane raccoon trapping to rid your property of raccoons.
Raccoon Damage Identification in Indiana
Raccoons can cause significant damage to homes in Indiana. Raccoons are very resourceful creatures and can find a multitude of ways to get into trouble. Some of the common issues that we encounter are described below.
Chimney (Raccoon in Chimney) - If you have a chimney that does not have a properly installed chimney cap, you risk having a raccoon taking up residence in your chimney. You may first discover the problem in the spring, when the female is looking for a place to raise her young. They will nest right above the flue - where they could accidentally get access to the inside of your home. Generally, people hear the young which can chatter when the mother returns with food. Identify an animal control professional for raccoon removal in Indiana
Attic (Raccoon in Attic) - Raccoons are very good at climbing and using their hands. They can climb downspouts, trees, or a brick chimney to gain access to your home. They can tear through roofing material, screens and vents to get inside. Once inside an attic, they will find a comfortable place in the soffits, walls or a corner to relax during the day. Usually, people hear the raccoons running around the attic or on the roof during the night. You might observe muddy foot prints or scratch marks on frequently used access points.
Digging - Raccoons are good at digging for grubs and earthworms for food. One of their favorite activities involves a yard with freshly laid sod. They will actually roll up the sod in search of tasty treats that await underneath. The evidence is easily seen in the morning following the event.
Decks (Raccoon under Deck) - Raccoons will take up residence under decks. Generally, the decks need to have suitable cover - such as being low to the ground or be surrounded by bushes or other vegetation. Evidence is usually seen after they raid a potted plant on the deck or get into the grill used the prior afternoon.
Dens - Raccoons do not dig tunnels, but they will readily take up residence in both abandoned and occupied underground tunnels. They can be found to share the dens of groundhogs or skunks. We might encounter the raccoon while trapping for a groundhog that is causing damage to the garden.
Raccoon Removal - Indiana
If you are looking for raccoon removal in Indiana you have come to the right place. We have a listing of companies in your state, and if you call our helpline we will direct your call to the right company. Raccoon removal is not a do-it-yourself project. Raccoons can be dangerous and may carry rabies. If you are scratched or bitten by a raccoon, be sure to contact yor physician. There are a variety of raccoon removal strategies from live trapping to exclusion. Laws vary by area, and some locations do not permit relocation to prevent spread of disease.
Professional Wildlife Control:
Langmans Wildlife and Pest Control
- Serving these counties: Boone, Clay, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan, Parke, Putnam, Shelby, Sullivan, Vermillion, Vigo.
Raccoon Life Cycle
Raccoons are nocturnal and are active during the evening hours year round in Indiana. Raccoons do not hibernate, however they are not very active in the cooler climates.
Depending on the part of the country, Raccoons breed towards the end of the winter in February and March. The female searches for a suitable nesting area to raise the young which may include hollow trees, attics, chimneys or other areas that are protected from weather. They are very good with their hands and can tear through vents & roofs to gain access to a shelter. The young are born in the spring during the months of April and May. Females take real good care of the young and will even adopt young from another litter. The litter contains an average of 3-6 young which are nursed for 2-4 months. The unit will generally stay together until the following Spring breeding season. Young raccoons make a chattering sound when the female returns from a night of exploring the neighborhood. This can be a good indicator that you have raccoons in your attic.
During the summer months you may see both adults and juveniles searching for food. They are omnivores - eating both meat and vegetables. They will scour your yard for grubs, raid your trash can, or feed from an available pet food dish.
Raccoon Prevention Tips for Indiana
Suburban neighborhoods can support an overabundance of raccoons. You can do your part to reduce the risk contributing to excess populations which can result in incurring damage to your home.
Do not leave pet food or garbage outside during the evening hours. Clean up spilled bird seed around your bird feeder.
Trim back excess vegetation around your house or deck to reduce the amount of cover and hiding places.
Keep trees away from the house to prevent easy access to your roof.
Ensure that your chimney is properly capped.
Animal proof low decks.