It’s springtime in Humble, which means the animals are coming out of hibernation and looking for food and shelter. One of the animals you may encounter is the raccoon. Raccoons are intelligent and resourceful animals that can cause extensive damage to your home if they decide to take up residence. It is important to take precautions to prevent raccoons from getting into your home, and if they do get in, it is important to call a professional for help.
How Raccoons Get into Houses
Raccoons are good climbers, and they can fit through surprisingly small spaces. They will often try to enter homes through gaps in the roofline, chimneys, soffits, vents, or any other openings they can find. Once they are inside, they will make themselves at home, tearing up insulation for nesting material, raiding your garbage cans, leaving droppings throughout your attic or crawlspace, and generally wreaking havoc. In addition to the damage they cause to your home, raccoons can also carry diseases like rabies, distemper, and parvovirus, which can be harmful to humans and pets.
Preventing Raccoons from Getting into Your Home
The best way to deal with a raccoon problem is to prevent it from happening in the first place. To do this, you need to make sure your home is not inviting to raccoons. Start by repairing any damage to your roofline or other areas of your home that could provide an opening for raccoons. Make sure vents are properly screened and chimneys have caps. Keep trash cans securely covered, and pick up any fallen fruit from trees around your property. If you have pet food outside, bring it inside at night. If you take these precautions, you will greatly reduce the chances of raccoons taking up residence in your home.
Dealing with a raccoon problem can be a big hassle—not to mention dangerous if the raccoon is carrying diseases. The best way to deal with raccoons is to prevent them from getting into your home in the first place by repairing any damage and making sure there are no openings that would allow them access. If you do find yourself with a raccoon problem, however, call a professional for help rather than trying to handle it yourself.