Raccoon Removal for Portland OR
Raccoon Eviction & Control Services
In springtime raccoon removal companies in Portland are busy. Raccoons getting too close or entering the home send homeowners searching for wild animal control. Folks with small children and pets worry that raccoons might attack them or give them rabies…
Are Raccoons Dangerous?
It depends. Individual raccoons have different personalities. Some are nice and docile, while others are very mean and aggressive. If you have small pets who think they’re big, it’s probably best to leave those pets inside when you have an active raccoon resident during springtime.
Luckily, raccoons probably won’t give you rabies. Rabies is extremely rare in Oregon. According to the Oregon Health Authority, bats are the main carrier species. Skunks and raccoons are not known to spread rabies in Portland Oregon like in other parts of the US.
If you are able to stay clear and avoid provocation, intermittent urban raccoons sightings should pose minimal danger to your family & pets.
How To Get Rid of Raccoons
If you need to get rid of raccoons in your crawlspace or eaves, start by removing any fallen fruit, pet or bird food that may be attracting them. Secure any trash receptacles and compost bins.
You can monitor any entry points into the home with a crumpled up plastic garbage bag. Place the bag in the entry point and later if it’s pushed inwards you know the raccoon is probably still “home.” If the paper bag is pushed outwards, then the raccoon has probably left.
If you’re no longer hearing noises, having sightings and you have a high level of confidence the raccoon has left, then seal the entry point will well secured steel mesh or metal flashing. If you’re not totally sure, you can leave one corner unsecured. Raccoons have incredible strength and opposable thumbs and can remove loosely placed exclusion with ease.
Depending on the situation, you may need an inspection from a trained raccoon control professional. Sometimes a live trap can provide additional information & control. We’ll do our best to provide the most humane raccoon removal strategy that takes care of your problem. Don’t worry about raccoons, call us today.
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Raccoon Control Facts & Tips:
- Raccoons are not strictly nocturnal. Daytime sightings are not necessarily a cause for concern.
- Raccoons have strange cleanly habits like “washing” their food,
- And going to bathroom in the same area, referred to as a raccoon latrine.
- Raccoons leave distinctive scratch marks on fences, trees and structures they climb, which can be helpful for monitoring and excluding raccoon access.
- Be cautious if cleaning raccoon feces to prevent issues with a rare but potentially deadly roundworm larvae Baylisascaris procyonis.