Raccoons are an immediate problem when they come inside or under a property, bringing with them a risk of bacteria and disease as well as the chance of damage to the area where they den. Even if they stay outside, they can still create messes by getting into your trash or garden, or may live in an area that your family needs access to.
NY and NJ Animal Control Trappers is a local wildlife control company offering raccoon removal services for residential and commercial properties throughout New York and New Jersey. With affordable rates and 24 hour emergency response when needed, we are the best choice if you are facing a raccoon invasion. Call us at the first sign of a raccoon in your home at 646-741-4333.
Why Raccoons Invade Homes and Businesses in NY and NJ
Raccoons forage for food during the nights. During the day, they retreat to a den. Each raccoon has a range, usually measuring between 1 square foot and 10 square feet, in which they primarily live. This area can contain multiple dens that the raccoon moves between every few days.
For raccoon ranges in suburban or urban areas, buildings and other manmade structures take the place of dens that are available out in nature. This results in raccoons living in:
- Wall Voids
- Crawl Spaces
- Garages and Sheds
- Storm Drains
The chosen area is usually dark, quiet, and relatively enclosed. This gives the raccoon the maximum protection from predators, including people, along with safety from inclement weather.
A den also needs to be close to food and water. At homes or businesses, food sources are often nearby in trash cans with unsecured lids, pet food that is left outside overnight, or scattered bird seed. A raccoon’s ability to travel means food available on your neighbors’ properties is close enough that your home can still serve as a denning location.
Denning behavior is also important for female raccoons during breeding season in the spring which can result in an increase in invasions during that time. Raccoons use their nests as a safe place to give birth and leave their kits during the day when they go out to gather food.
Risks of Raccoons on Your Property
Raccoons that are passing through your yard or seen from a distance are generally not a threat as long as they are not approached and promptly leave. The most common damage they will cause is to repeatedly get into trash cans, overturning them and strewing garbage around your yard. Using locking trash cans that raccoons cannot open with their nimble hands is often enough to prevent this.
When raccoons set up a den in or around your property, or they come often to invade an area that isn’t always easy to prevent, there are greater risks, such as:
- Property Damage – Raccoons will often tear insulation or dig into your stored belongings when making their nests. Raccoons are also known to tear through walls, soffits, and other materials with their strong hands. Because raccoons are larger than other nuisance wildlife, their damage is correspondingly greater.
- Droppings – Raccoons leave excrement in the area around their den. This can contaminate insulation, wood, and any items stored in the area, resulting in staining, odors, and a spread of bacteria that lingers once raccoons are gone.
- Aggression – While raccoons are generally docile, they will defend themselves when threatened or approached. This is especially true if babies are nearby. A raccoon’s defense can be painful and potentially dangerous with bites and scratches common.
- Bacteria and Disease – Raccoons can carry and transmit salmonella, E. coli, leptospirosis, canine distemper, toxoplasmosis, roundworm, and other pathogens, often spreading them through feces or a bite. Both humans and dogs are at risk for infection from a raccoon.
Although cases are rare, raccoons are also the most common carrier of rabies in NY and NJ. Rabies endangers both people and pets, providing another reason to treat raccoons with caution whether you notice one in the wild or in your home. For those that are in your home, the risks make it important to trust removal to professionals.
Our NJ and NY Raccoon Removal Process
When raccoons have made a den on your property, we get rid of raccoons in a way that is humane, safe, and efficient. We first locate where they are living and if any babies are in the den. This determines which removal process we can use to safely trap the raccoons. The options are:
- Live Trapping – We use baited traps in areas where raccoons are active. Once the animal enters the trap, it closes behind it, trapping it until we return. With this method, we set traps and return shortly after to remove the raccoon. The entire process takes a few days and is used with adult raccoon.
- Manual Removal – When babies are present or raccoons cannot enter a trap, the technician will manually remove raccoons by lifting them out of their den and safely placing them in a holding cage. This process is more intensive, but does result in a more immediate removal.
Once we have trapped the raccoon, we relocate it in accordance with all local laws. This usually involves releasing it in a natural habitat and keeping mother and babies together if applicable.
Since we are a humane wildlife control company, we do not exterminate raccoons unless there are signs of rabies or another health concern. Instead we place the raccoons in a safe area that is far enough away from your home to ensure your property is secure.
Because of the dangers associated with raccoons, some invasions require emergency removal. NY and NJ Animal Control Trappers provides around the clock 24 hour raccoon removal services when your family, home, or business is facing an immediate threat. We can be at your property fast to safely remove a raccoon.
Raccoon Control with Exclusion
Bringing in pet food at night, sealing trash cans, and removing any other food sources can sometimes be enough to keep raccoons off your property. Since raccoons dislike movement and noise around their dens, a loud sound, movement, or visual deterrents can sometimes keep raccoons from nesting in your home. But these methods are not always effective in areas where raccoons are determined to get inside.
Professional raccoon exclusion completely protects your home or business from a raccoon invasion. We inspect your home and yard to locate any area that might be habitable for raccoons and entrances where they can get in. We then close these off with:
- Construction Materials and Repairs
- Critter Guards
- Chimney Caps and Vent Coverings
We can also indicate potential risks such as tree limbs that provide access to the roof. Like raccoon removal, exclusion also requires us to be aware of any babies present. Excluding while the mother is away strands the kits, leading to inhumane starvation. We make sure to remove babies with their mother or wait for them to leave before performing exclusion.
Why Choose NY and NJ Animal Control Trappers
Whether you have an emergency invasion or are simply noticing an uptick in raccoon activity around your property, Animal Control NYC is here to help when you need us. We have provided raccoon and wildlife control in NY and NJ for years and have extensive experience in what keeps raccoons out for good. As a local company, we know which times and which areas are at the greatest risk for raccoon invasion and can confront challenges specific to your area.
For raccoon removal, Animal Control NYC provides:
- Trained technicians who are experts in removing raccoons.
- Licensure to safely and humanely handle wildlife.
- Affordable rates and timely service.
We are professionals who treat your property with respect, removing animals quickly and dedicating ourselves to a thorough job every time.
Our full service solutions also include attic restoration services if a raccoon invasion has caused damage to your property. We can replace insulation and remove hazardous excrement that could otherwise lead to continuing problems even after raccoons are gone.
We serve each of the five boroughs of NYC – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island – as well as Long Island City and many locations in central New Jersey. Whether you own a home, a property, or a business, we have the solutions for raccoons that you need.
Contact Us for a Quote on Raccoon Removal
NY and NJ Animal Control Trappers has all of the services you need to remove and prevent raccoons around residential and commercial properties. We work quickly to ensure your safety and peace of mind. To get a free estimate for the cost of raccoon control in NYC and NJ, call our team at 646-741-4333.
Animal Control NYC can handle any type of animal removal. From living to dead animals we are highly trained professionals who have been in the industry for many years. We service NYC, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Bronx, Queens, Long Island City. Give us a call 646-741-4333. Let us handle your raccoon problem because they can be dangerous to your health and to your home. It does not matter what time you give us a call we are a 24 hour service open 365 days of the year. Receive your free quote now!
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