Racoons are known by many names, such as the trash panda and the masked bandit. They are notorious for finding their way into attics and crawlspaces, where they can cause extensive damage, ripping up moisture barrier and insulation. Come spiring, mothers will be looking for the best place to have their young, and nothing beats the security of a warm attic.
Racoons didn't come from the city, but they thrive in such an environment. They are the perfect mix of cuddly and cruel. They are advantageous, sneaking in through doggie doors in the middle of the night to steal dog food, or raiding ponds, eating 20 year old koi fish like it was nothing more than a can of tuna.
If you've ever walked outside one morning, expecting to see the beautiful lawn you just paid $$$ for, only to find it destroyed, rolled up like it just came off the truck, then you know.
They will play cute to get what they want, staring at you with doe eyes, begging you for a handout. You must avoid doing so, as it will only lead to problems for both you and the animal. By supplying food, you cause the animal to become reliant, and they will often come to you instead of having to seek food on its own. This may prevent the animal from learning and developing important foraging techniques.
If for whatever reason you decide you no longer want to supply your little friends with their nightly snacks, this can lead to trouble for you and family. Racoons often become extremely hostile if a food source (yes, that is what you are, nothing more) stops supplying food, and like a gang of thugs shaking you down for 'rent' money, they will resort to intimidation and scare tactics. They have been known to pound on windows, destroy lawns, and even attack household pets.
Racoons also carry Baylisascaris procyonis, or as its better know "racoon roundworm'. They can live with it, but pass the worms in their stool. If injected, the resulting infection can sometimes be fatal.
Do not attempt to trap racoons on your own, unless you are prepared to deal with them the right way. Washington State laws forbid the transportation and relocation of racoons, and moving them out of their familiar territory and dropping them off somewhere completely new is doing nothing good for the animals.
Wildlife Wizards offers multiple different solutions to any racoon situation, from wrangling to trapping to one way doors. So don't get yourself hurt, or end up breaking the law. Leave racoon removal in the hands of our trained professionals.