Raccoon Removal Mistakes to Avoid

June 1st, 2022

A Close-up Shoot of a Raccoon

Not all ideas are created equal, especially when it comes to the internet suggestions you can find for raccoon removal! Here are three mistakes you’ll want to avoid when removing nuisance raccoons from your property.

Trusting Old Wives Tales

The internet produces some interesting search results if you ask “how do I remove raccoons from my home or business?” You’ll get results ranging from spraying the building with cayenne pepper and hot sauce to scaring raccoons away with loud noises and flashing bright lights. Both of these options are outlandish, and in most cases, unsuccessful in truly preventing a raccoon infestation. Skip the internet searches and ask a raccoon removal specialist in St. Petersburg for help instead!

Rushing To Seal Up Entry Points

Don’t race to seal up entry points when you see a raccoon leaving your property! Why not? First off, there may still be more raccoons inside and you’ve just trapped them in your home. Second of all, that might be mama raccoon that just left. If you just sealed off her only way to get to her babies— she’s going to put up quite a fight to try and find another way in.

Before sealing off any entry points, speak with a raccoon removal specialist at Alford Wildlife and Pest Management in St. Petersburg about a free inspection. At no cost, one of our specialists will be able to come to your home or business, assess the situation, and provide you with cost-effective strategies for raccoon removal.

Using Poison and Traps

Humane raccoon removal isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the law. According to the  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, you can only kill a nuisance raccoon if you hold a valid hunting license and kill the animal in a humane way. And while live trapping may seem like a humane way to capture a raccoon, relocating an animal to a space it is unfamiliar with doesn’t lead to great survival odds. Rather than poisoning or trapping raccoons in your home or business, call a licensed wildlife removal specialist, like Alford Wildlife and Pest Management. Our local and professional wildlife removal team is well versed in safe raccoon removal practices to best ensure the animal’s survival— and ensure that raccoons don’t end up back in your home!

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