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Raccoon Removal in the Athens, Georgia Area

Athens-Clarke County Regional Office of Rid-A-Critter

Raccoon damage to a roof

Raccoon damage to a roof

Raccoons are among the most recognizable of nuisance animals. Their "bandit" masks and the ringed markings on their tails make them easy to recognize. They're also very intelligent, very physically strong, very unfriendly, and therefore a lot more dangerous than most people realize. If you corner a raccoon or come across one by accident, the raccoon can put a real hurting on you if it wants to; so keep a safe distance and don't back it into a situation in which it feels trapped.

Mainly, though, raccoons are just annoying. They're very smart, so they're able to think their way around most DIY attempts to keep them out of homes and other places where they're not wanted. They're also very strong, have excellent dexterity and possess enough understanding of concepts like leverage that they can open latches and gates, pull away things like plywood used to seal them out, get into garbage cans and dumpsters, and just generally make a mess of things.

A lot of people think raccoons are cute, but adult wild raccoons are decidedly unfriendly animals. Even domesticated ones aren't especially cuddly and have been known to attack their human caregivers on occasion. They just don't have especially warm and fuzzy personalities. In fact, if you come across a raccoon (especially an adults one) that seems tame or docile, or one walking around in daylight, it's very possible that it's sick with rabies; so give it a wide berth. Do not attempt to trap it on your own. Call us instead.

Health and Property Risks of Raccoons

Raccoon damage to the roof of a house in Georgia

Raccoon damage to the roof of a house in Georgia

Raccoons can do serious damage to a home. They up shingles, siding, and vents just to make their way in, and they do even more damage inside your home once they do. They tear up insulation, rummage through and damage stored clothing and other items, damage HVAC equipment and tear up the duct work, and poop and pee all over the place. They're definitely not the kind of guests you want living in your attic or anywhere else in your home.

Raccoons also build nests that can cause fire hazards, especially when they build them in the chimney. Removing raccoons from chimneys and then making the chimneys animal-proof keeps us busy year-round. (By the way, when we make a chimney raccoon-proof, it also keeps squirrels, birds, and other animals out.)

Like other animals, raccoons also create serious health, odor, and sanitation problems when they get inside a house. Their urine can cause odors, their droppings harbor bacterial and fungal pathogens, and their parasites can transmit arboviral diseases. There's also the risk of the raccoon actually attacking you, especially if you don't know that it's there and you surprise it.

Raccoons and Rabies

Raccoons have a higher incidence of rabies than most other animals. Rabies is a degenerative viral disease that affects the nervous system. It is incurable once symptoms have begun to show. Although most raccoons are not rabid, enough are that this factor alone is a good reason why you don't want them living in, around, or under your home. Any contact with a rabid animal's saliva can infect you, even if it just drips on a cut or scratch.

When they are infected with rabies, raccoons can act unpredictably. Sometimes they get very aggressive, but sometimes they become very passive and docile. Still other times they move back and forth between the two. Humans, being the compassionate sorts that we are, may be tempted to try to feed or help them. That's a bad idea. Give all raccoons a wide berth, especially those who are acting oddly.

Children, especially, may believe that sick raccoons are "friendly;" or even knowing that the raccoons are sick, they may try to pet or help them, just out of the goodness of their little hearts. It's important that you teach your children not to touch or pet wild raccoons or any other wild animals. Wildlife should not be handled by anyone other than professionals.

Raccoon Removal and Raccoon-Proofing

Raccoon control can be a real challenge, They're smart, strong animals with good dexterity, so keeping them out of a house requires heavy-duty methods and a keen knowledge of their habits. In addition, raccoons are very determined animals. Most other animals will simply cuss a bit and walk away when they find that their favorite entry hole has been sealed. Raccoons are more likely to try to undo the work we did, or to find another way in.

In addition, raccoons are able to get into and live in any part of home, from the basement or crawl space right up to the attic. Just patching up the holes that the raccoons have been using isn't enough. A proper raccoon-exclusion job requires inspecting the entire home for possible entry points, and sealing up all of them. If you miss even one, chances are the raccoons will find it -- especially if the raccoon is a female with young inside the house. That's why we always make sure than any young are found and removed as part of our raccoon-control work.

Because of the difficulty of the work, most DIY raccoon-proofing jobs fail. So do most of those done by roofers, handymen, or other folks who don't work with animals for a living. Most people simply don't appreciate how smart, strong, and determined these animals are. So don't waste your time trying to do it yourself, and don't waste your money paying someone who isn't specially trained to do this work. Call us instead. It's what we do.

In fact, Rid-A-Critter does more raccoon-removal jobs in the Athens area than any other wildlife control company in Georgia. We're the area leaders, and we have the personnel, equipment, and experience to handle any raccoon control job.

Please contact us if you need help with a raccoon problem or any wildlife management issue. We look forward to hearing from you.

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As always it’s nice to visit with our clients in the Albany Ga area. Thanks to all companies and people who refer us to your friends and family for wildlife needs.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 21, 2019 02:47:07 pm.

How Raccoons Got Into the Crawl Space of a House in Athens, Georgia
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Jan 21, 2019 12:50:21 pm.

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Jan 18, 2019 05:52:35 pm.

Had a good day visiting some of my clients in the Gainesville Ga. area today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 17, 2019 02:38:57 pm.

Squirrels, squirrels, and rats. Just left a house in Vestavia Hills. We are sealing that one today for squirrels and rats. On my way to pehlam for gray squirrels. Then back up to Birmingham for more gray squirrels. Then to Irondale.
by Chris Scott
Jan 17, 2019 11:14:15 am.

Safety training in Jasper Georgia today. Couldn’t ask for a better view.
by Dean Scott
Jan 11, 2019 10:33:18 am.

It’s was a great day in Birmingham Alabama today. I got to see a lot of friendly faces again. Our relationship with the pest control industry has been and is amazing. Thanks to all the Pest Control companies that refer us for wildlife.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 10, 2019 03:08:08 pm.

Good morning team. I’m headed to Albany Ga. today to see some clients. Hope you all have a great day.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 09, 2019 08:05:26 am.

Its finally a beautiful day in the south! The sun is shining and the temperatures are nice. Our techs are out in the filed removing attic critters and excluding them from homes. If you have rats, mice or other varmints in your home call us.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 05, 2019 12:02:27 pm.

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by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2018 11:26:02 am.

Getting more and more calls for raccoons in attics or on roofs in the last couple of weeks. We are inspecting homes for raccoons in Macon, Birmingham and Atlanta areas. If you hear or see raccoons in your roof call Ridacritter for help.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 29, 2018 08:21:52 am.

Seeing clients in and around Griffin Ga today.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 28, 2018 01:07:45 pm.

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by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2018 10:43:21 am.

Spent the day with clients in South Georgia from Albany to Valdosta. Time to head back to Pike county.
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Dec 17, 2018 05:06:48 pm.

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Dec 17, 2018 04:25:14 pm.

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by Webmaster
Dec 11, 2018 09:55:45 am.

Wow, it’s been a lot of wet and cold weather here in Ga. and has the phones ringing. Make sure your home is secured against all the wildlife looking for warmth and shelter.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 10, 2018 04:42:47 pm.

In McDonough Ga seeing some of our clients that referred us last month to say Thank You!!
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2018 11:40:58 am.

This Video Shows How Poor Home Upkeep can Lead to Animal Problems
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Nov 23, 2018 05:19:58 am.

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Nov 21, 2018 11:11:26 am.

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Nov 09, 2018 06:10:15 am.

Picture of Tim Removing a Dead Animal from a Chimney
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Oct 31, 2018 12:39:47 pm.

Tim Found a Surprise in the Attic of the Kramden Home
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Oct 05, 2018 10:34:32 am.

Cute Picture of Tim With a Baby Raccoon
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Oct 01, 2018 09:12:33 am.

Video of a Juvenile Raccoon Removed From a House
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Oct 01, 2018 09:04:13 am.

Fortunately, Rid-A-Critter Can Handle Big or Small Animal-Control Jobs
by Webmaster
Sep 25, 2018 10:23:53 am.

Video of a Raccoon Trapped and Removed from a House
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Sep 12, 2018 10:29:31 am.

Smart Raccoon Made a Secret Entryway into a Home
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Sep 12, 2018 10:25:13 am.

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Sep 04, 2018 10:53:34 am.

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Aug 31, 2018 09:45:47 am.

Handsome Raccoon Removed from an Attic
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Aug 02, 2018 10:16:30 am.

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Jul 23, 2018 09:59:00 am.

The Athens, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides raccoon trapping, removal and exclusion in Athens-Clarke, Greene, and parts of Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, Banks, Jackson, and Oconee Counties in Georgia, including Athens, Auburn, Bogart, Commerce, Good Hope, Greensboro, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Watkinsville, and Winder. Your town not listed? Contact us.

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