Do They Cause Damage?
Raccoon can be very destructive. They can establish nests in structures by gaining access through rotted or damaged soffits, attic vents or other openings. They will eat just about anything so it is not uncommon for them to raid trash cans and gardens. Raccoons are considered a Rabies Vector Species in Pennsylvania.
Do I Have An Infestation?
Since they are primarily nocturnal, you may see them when you return home after dark. You may also find damaged trash containers, damage to the home, or hear activity in attic spaces after dark. You may also spot muddy paw prints on siding or decks as they are excellent climbers.
What Can Masters Touch Do?
The first step is a thorough inspection to determine where they are nesting and their most used routes of travel. Then, live traps can be placed near these areas where they will be most effective. Once trapping is complete, openings may be sealed to prevent other Raccoons from taking up residence.
How Can You Help?
Most Raccoon/Human conflicts are caused by Humans. Keep the exterior of your home in good repair. Replace rotting trim, fascia and soffits. Keep trees trimmed so they do not touch or overhang the house. Do not leave pet foods outside and do not throw food out for the wildlife, it will attract Raccoons. Keep trash containers tightly closed.
You cannot keep raccoons from foraging in your yard and it is not uncommon to see one when you pull up at night. We do not recommend trapping unless they are doing damage or nesting in the structure. Because Raccoons are a Rabies Vector Species, State law requires trapped animals to be euthanized. They cannot be relocated.