Scratching in the walls or noises in the attic? You could have had a break-in by a little robber (a raccoon)!

Raccoons can be one of the most destructive animals that get inside homes. They often gnaw on wood, cables or electrical wiring and almost any stored item. The gnawing of wiring is perhaps the scariest damage they do – stripping the insulation from the wires increases the chances for a short and the risk of fire. If you suspect raccoons have broken in your home or you are hearing noises in the attic or walls in the morning or evening, you should call the professionals at Georgia P.A.W.S. We the experts in eliminating nuisance wildlife problems. With our effective and highly tested techniques, our professionals can diagnose your problem, provide raccoon trapping and remove the raccoons, and provide the necessary repairs to cover holes and construction gaps that may be allowing them entry into your home. You can read more about our full exclusion process here.

The dangers of living with raccoons

raccoon trappingWhen raccoons invade your home, they can cause more than just the obvious structural damage. Raccoons can carry diseases such as rabies and roundworm; both of which are transmissible to humans. Below is some information  (as sited by the CDC)

Baylisascaris (Roundworm)

Baylisascaris (Roundworm): Baylisascaris worms are intestinal parasites found in a wide variety of animals such as raccoons. Cases of Baylisascaris infection in people are not frequently reported, but can be severe. Baylisascaris procyonisis thought to pose the greatest risk to humans because of the often close association of raccoons to human dwellings

Humans can become infected with the disease through the eggs that are passed in raccoon feces. If raccoons have set up a den or a latrine in your home, raccoon feces and material contaminated with raccoon feces should be removed carefully and burned, buried, or sent to a landfill. Care should be taken to avoid contaminating hands and clothes. Treat decks, patios, and other surfaces with boiling water or a propane flame-gun (exercise proper precautions). Prompt removal and destruction of raccoon feces before the eggs become infectious will reduce risk for exposure and possible infection.

Successful Raccoon Trapping

Below are just a few pictures of raccoons that we have trapped in the Atlanta area. The last one, our technician caught by hand!

For your raccoon control needs, call us today! 678-313-3781