Dangers of DIY Raccoon Removal

September 8th, 2021

Alford Wildlife - Dangers of DIY Raccoon Removal

Raccoon removal is best left to the professionals. Taking it on as a DIY project can put you and your family at risk of getting hurt or sick, and you probably won’t eradicate the issue on your own.

Here are a few reasons why you should consider hiring a wildlife removal professional instead of trying to deal with a raccoon problem on your own.

1. Raccoons Aren’t as Cute and Cuddly as They Look

On social media, raccoons might look adorable, but they are not as friendly as many people think (especially if you are trying to capture a mom with her babies). They tend to be very protective and aggressive when they are trying to protect the youth. If they feel threatened, they may hiss, growl, and attack you so you might want to consider this when trying to remove them from your property.

2. Raccoons Carry Diseases

One of the other reasons you don’t want to try and get too close to a raccoon is because they carry quite a few diseases. Distemper and rabies are common in raccoons and could make them more aggressive and potentially spread this disease to your house pets, or even yourself. Raccoons can also carry fleas, ticks, and lice! So those are some other things to think about.

3. The Problem Might Be Larger Than You Think

Raccoon removal is only part of the solution. Even if you do successfully remove a raccoon from your property, chances are you will still need to deal with the same problem later.

A professional wildlife company will check for entry points that the raccoon used and close them off, as well as decontaminate the areas the raccoons inhabited since their waste has an awful smell and carry diseases. They’ll also ensure all the raccoons are removed because there might be more than one.

4. You Could Injure the Raccoon During Removal

Hiring a raccoon removal specialist isn’t just doing what’s best for you, it’s also what’s best for the animal. Professional wildlife companies are highly trained in raccoon removal that’s humane and effective. They will use traps and methods that pose less damage to the animal.

Contact A Raccoon Removal Expert

Alford Wildlife and Pest Management would be happy to provide you with a free inspection and discuss raccoon removal strategies for your property! Our professional services include exclusion, decontamination, and insulation repair. We offer follow-up services as well to prevent future raccoons from entering your home.

Contact our Fort Myers or St. Petersburg office today! We service most of Southwest Florida and part of Central Florida including:

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