Winter has always been a fascinating season for me. I’m sure most—or at least some—of you agree with me on this. Watching the snow fall, admiring the perfectly white settled snow, and looking at the beautiful patterns of snowflakes on glass windows are some of the things we love about winter.
This season is also a great time to watch winter animals playing around. Anyone who is lucky enough to have witnessed a fox, a rabbit, or any other animal graciously moving through the white sheet of undisturbed snow will tell you that it is indeed a mesmerizing experience. But if that certain animal attempts to break into your home, would it still be as mesmerizing? I don’t think so.
Nuisance animals during the winter
It was a cold winter day when we received a phone call from a customer telling us that some kind of animal attempted to enter their house through their roof. I was intrigued. I headed over to the customer’s house and was instantly greeted by the following:
Animal tracks! Based on their size and shape, we found out that these tracks were made by raccoons. Thanks to the snow we were able to easily follow the footprints.
If you look closely at the photo above you will notice that the raccoon walked around the side of the house, presumably looking for a way inside. The raccoon walked around the bush and went towards the tree.
The animal climbed up the tree (raccoons are great climbers, thanks to their agile paws) and on to the roof.
From there the raccoon tried to break into my customer’s house. Thankfully their chimney is covered. The animal failed and decided to leave, but not before he tears up some shingles. The photo above shows that the raccoon did some significant amount of damage to the roof. The raccoon may have been looking for food or shelter; this happens quite frequently during the winter.
In need of animal removal services?
Are you in need wildlife removal services? The experts here at Illiana Wildlife Services are always ready to help, no matter what the season is. We will perform a thorough inspection of your house or property before performing the nuisance animal exclusion and removal. We will ensure you that your house will be critter-free, and we’ll make sure it stays that way.
We have been busy in the first two weeks of 2014. In the last week we have removed a raccoon from an attic in Chicago and from a restaurant in Harvey IL. We even caught a stray cat from the same restaurant which we brought to the South Suburban Humane Society.
When we are not busy performing raccoon trapping we have been catching squirrels in Tinley Park, Orland Hills, Palos Heights, Gary and Portage Indiana.
We even had a job in Tinley Park this week where a lender was requiring the raccoon feces from a previous infestation to be removed as a condition for closing. We were able to accommodate that day.
We approach every job the same way. If an animal is getting into a home when we get onsite we find out where the animal is getting in by doing an inspection. Once we know where the animal is getting in we set traps, wait until animal or animals are caught and then we seal the entrance so that no more can get in.
A couple of weeks ago we helped a customer in just this way. We got three raccoons out of her attic and sealed up the hole in her roof so that no more could get in. Now we are going to do a full attic restoration, including removing and replacing her insulation, disinfecting and a little bit of drywall repair and paint as well.
Get rid of raccoon and call us right away. We offer flat rates to our customers. Often times our customers will tell us that they got other quotes that include a per animal charge or don’t include the sealing of the hole, just the removal of the animals. I think that having an animal in your attic is stressful enough. I don’t think you should add to it by having open ended pricing or worrying about another animal can get in. We can be reached at 219-464-7966 in Indiana or 708-320-0004 in Illinois.
Raccoon and Squirrel Removal Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis (317) 203 – 6083
We have been removing a lot of raccoons from attics lately and for the most part it is pretty straight forward. Raccoons have a sweet tooth and appeal to it and the battle is half over.
We were just recently hired for raccoon removal from a church in Hamlet IN. What had happened was the church had caught a raccoon this summer and had relocated it about 3 miles away. A couple of weeks ago they had the soffit damaged by the raccoon repaired. Then they started seeing damage to the ceiling in the sanctuary. That’s when they called me.
I’m thinking straight forward again, right? Not exactly. After a week of trying different baits and different kind of traps I was no closer to catching him than day one. I could not get this raccoon take any interest in any kind of bait that I was offering.
What I ended up doing was removing the repair to the soffit and set a trap in such a way that he had to go through the trap to exit the building through the hole he was accustomed to. It worked!
I think it might be a safe bet that this raccoon had been trapped in a baited trap before. Possibly even the one that was removed from the same church this summer.
If you are looking for a wildlife control and raccoon trapping experts to remove raccoon in your attic, give us a call. Not only can we remove the animal we also work with your insurance company to repair the damage that they cause. Our number is 708-320-0004 in Illinois.
Raccoon Removal from an Attic Illiana Wildlife Services – Indianapolis (317) 203 – 6083
We do raccoon removal almost every single day. They are probably the most destructive wildlife that we deal with. They are also adaptive to urban environments and very smart. Raccoons do not make good neighbors or tenants of your home. If you see raccoons near your home call us. Most raccoon problems are because some type of food, water or shelter source that is attractive to them.
Raccoons are wild animals and if given the opportunity, they can destroy everything inside your house. Our company have received lots of calls from devastated home and business owners, saying that raccoons have been destroying their attics and no matter what they do, the raccoons just kept coming back. We have seen attics that have been completely wrecked by these animals, and it was not a pretty sight. Raccoon latrine, scratched floors, holes in walls, and ravaged insulation are just few of the damages that a single raccoon can cause. Trying to trap them without the proper training and equipment can be dangerous and can even backfire. It is always better to call in a trained professional for all types of raccoon problems.
Raccoons do one thing well and that’s raccoon damage. No other nuisance wildlife has damage skills like the raccoon. Opossums and squirrels are sometimes blamed for damage caused by raccoons. Raccoons have thumb like appendages that allow them to grasp, grip and tear things apart. They are considered to be one of the most dexterous mammals in the world because of their ability to use their front paws for a wide variety of tasks. Their agile front paws act like hands that can be used to open doors, carry small food items, open container lids, and move things from one place to another. Raccoons have a very sensitive sense of touch which has proven to be especially useful when they are hunting for food. There have been instances where raccoons are seen wetting their hands with water. This is believed to make their hands much more sensitive. Many people believe that raccoons wash their food before eating them. This is a false belief. While it is true that raccoons dip their hands in water before eating, they aren’t doing it for sanitary reasons. Instead, raccoons are actually gathering more information about the food item that they’re holding. Almost two-thirds of sensory information comes from the raccoons sense of touch, so basically, the raccoon is “seeing” the food much better when its hands are dipped in water.
They are good at problem solving. If they want in your attic they will find a way. Raccoons can grab, chew, remove, and steal about anything. They are naturally curious and highly intelligent animals that will do everything they can to find food. Homeowners are often surprised to find raccoons running around inside their house even after closing all doors and windows. They didn’t realize that the raccoons have the ability to create holes in damaged wooden walls, or that raccoons can actually find their way inside by climbing through their uncapped chimneys. Raccoons love pet doors. If you have raccoons in your fireplace or raccoons in your chimney you may need a new chimney cap installed.
Like humans, raccoons are omnivores. This means that they can eat both plant and animal materials. Their diet usually consists of crayfish, fruits, seeds, insects, eggs, berries, leftover human food, and other garbage scraps. Raccoons have learned to adapt in urban and suburban environments, where there is an abundance in food scraps. Residents will usually see raccoons rummaging through their uncovered waste bins during the night.
We are often asked if there are any commercial products out there that deter raccoons. We have been in multiple attics where people have tried mothballs, ammonia soaked rags and coyote urine. Guess what, they still had raccoons. So no, there are no commercial deterrents that work. Once they have gotten inside your attic the only effective means of control is trapping.
Two peak times where raccoons are looking to break into attics are springtime when the mothers are looking for safe places to raise their babies and winter when they are trying to find someplace warm. The raccoon’s mating season occurs between the months of January ad June. Female raccoons start breeding one year after they are born. Their gestation or pregnancy period normally lasts 65 days. The female raccoon can give birth to 1 to 7 litters. The kits will be weaned by their mothers for about 8 to 10 weeks, but they will live with their mothers for one more year, then they’ll eventually live on their own. Male raccoons don’t help in raising the kits. Raccoons don’t truly hibernate but in cold or bad weather will sleep it off for a few days at a time. During the winter, raccoons become inactive and enter the state called “torpor” wherein they will curl up and sleep for days, sometimes even weeks. This technique greatly reduces the raccoon’s body temperature and saves up its energy reserves. Blood sugar drops down as a result of increased insulin production in the raccoon’s bloodstream. If the temperature drops, the raccoon may wake up and walk around to try and search for food. Torpor only happens to raccoons living in cold areas, those living in warm areas may not experience this.
During summer through autumn, raccoons will voraciously eat in order to store up some fat. This fat will help them survive through the cold winter months when the food is scarce and the weather is too harsh. They store their fat mostly on their tails. The raccoon can stay warm by wrapping its tail around its body. Raccoons can lose up to 14 to 50 percent of their body fat during the winter, depending on the scarcity of food and the winter’s severity. Body fat is essential for their survival and without it, they will probably die from the cold and from lack of nutrition.
When you call us with a raccoon problem we like to do a full inspection. We will make you aware of any damage to your home caused by the raccoons. We then create a plan to remove them which usually includes the use of humane cage traps. Once the raccoons are removed we advise how to prevent them from returning.
We also repair damage caused by raccoons. Whether they chewed a hole through your roof or soffit or ruined the insulation in your attic; we can work with you or your insurance company to repair the damage caused by the raccoons.
When dealing with raccoons we offer two different types of pricing depending on the situation you are dealing with. If they are in your attic we quote a “flat rate” to solve your problem. That includes removing all animals from your attic (could be one or many; the most we have removed from an attic was 7). That flat rate also includes a temporary repair made where the raccoons were entering to prevent others from doing the same until permanent repairs can be made. The other way we charge is if you have raccoons in your yard tearing up your lawn, or in your birdfeeders, or living under your deck. In that case we charge a flat rate for 5 or 10 days of trapping. There are a lot of companies that charge per animal and in many cases want to get paid for that stray cat that got caught or that opossum that was just walking through. The most raccoons we caught in one yard in 5 days of trapping was 15. The customer was so happy.
Get rid of raccoon and call us for all your raccoon trapping and wildlife pest control needs today. We are sure that if you call us you will be happy too!