Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC
Telephone: (804) 457-2883
Raccoon Removal & Control
Richmond and Charlottesville, Va
(804) 457-2883
HOW DO I GET RID OF RACCOONS? The only real means of getting rid of raccoons is through trapping and removal of the animals. If you've got raccoons in your attic, it's important that the wildlife control operator search for a litter of baby raccoons, and remove them by hand before trapping and removing the female raccoon. If it's just raccoons outside causing trouble, they can be trapped and removed, but beware, they'll often dig and grab anything within a few inches of the cage trap. There are also some lethal raccoon traps, but they're not often used or even legal in all states. Customers ofter ask us how to trap a raccoon and want us to provide information on raccoon trapping tips. The truth is raccoon removal and trapping should be left to professionals.

Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services provides humane nuisance raccoon trapping, raccoon removal, raccoon control, raccoon exclusion and raccoon damage repairs to individuals, businesses, and municipalities throughout Central and Eastern Virginia. Some of our service areas in Virginia include: Chesterfield County, Goochland County, Louisa County, Fluvanna County, Orange County, Powhatan County, Albemarle County, Henrico County, Hanover County, Mineral, Gordonsville, Keswick, Lake Anna, Hadensville, Ferncliff, Boyd Tavern, Shannon Hill, Gum Spring, Troy, Palmyra, Ashland, Mechanicsville, Oilville, Sandy Hook, Glen Allen, Maidens, Rockville, Manakin, Earlysville, Charlottesville, and Richmond.

The Raccoon (Procyon lotor) can be a considerable nuisance to Virginia homeowners and gardeners. Raccoons will kill poultry, eat sweet corn and other garden crops, eat pet foods, raid garbage cans, roll up turf sod, and damage roofing materials and fascia boards. Female raccoons often choose to give birth to and raise their young in attics and chimneys, and can make considerable noise and disturbance.

Raccoons are become increasingly comfortable in the presence of humans, and this makes them an active vector of disease transmission to humans and their pets. Raccoons are susceptible to rabies, parvo, distemper, and are a major carrier of the roundworm parasite Baylisascaris procyonis.

Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services has the knowledge and experience to resolve your nuisance raccoon problem quickly and humanely. Call us today.

Description of Raccoon Damage

Raccoons may cause a variety of damage or nuisance problems, and their distinctive tracks often provide evidence of their involvement in damage situations. Raccoons can damage vegetable gardens and crops, particularly sweet corn that is ripe and ready for harvesting. Partially eaten ears with the husks pulled back or stalks that have broken as the animals climb to get at the ears may indicate raccoon damage. Raccoons also like watermelons and will dig through the rind to
reach in and pull out the contents with their paws. In addition, they will occasionally kill poultry on nests or roosts in chicken coops.

Raccoons can also cause damage or become a nuisance around houses and outbuildings when they take up residence in attics or chimneys or raid garbage cans in search of food. Occasionally, raccoons may tear off boards or shingles to get into an attic or wall space. Once inside, they may damage insulation and chew holes. In addition, raccoon feces may accumulate and create unpleasant odors.

Raccoon Health Concerns

Rabies - Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. Animals most often infected include raccoons, skunks, foxes, and bats. The virus is present in the saliva and nervous tissue of a rabid animal. Avoiding encounters with raccoons can reduce the risk of
exposure to rabies. Do not attempt to handle or capture a sick or apparently “orphaned” animal. Avoid animals that act strangely, especially those that are unusually tame, aggressive, or paralyzed. Be suspicious of daytime activity in raccoons, which normally are most active at night. In New York over the last decade more than 50 percent of the wild animals confirmed to have rabies each year have been raccoons.

Wild mammals as well as cats, dogs, ferrets, and livestock may contract rabies. Thus it is important to have all dogs and cats regularly vaccinated for rabies. If your pet has been in a fight with another
animal, wear gloves to handle it. Isolate it from other animals and people and telephone your county health department or animal control officer for instructions. If you or someone you know is bitten
or scratched by a raccoon, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water and contact your physician immediately. Rabies postexposure vaccinations may be necessary. Consult with your county for additional information.

Raccoon Roundworm - Roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis) is a potentially dangerous parasite commonly found in the small intestine of raccoons. Raccoon roundworm can be contracted by humans who accidentally ingest roundworm eggs (shed in raccoon droppings) from contaminated areas or by not washing hands after working or playing in or around a contaminated area. Small
children are particularly vulnerable because they tend to put their hands and other objects in their mouths. A small number of children have died from this disease. Larvae migrate to various tissues
but if they enter the eyes or brain they can cause disorders of the eye or central nervous system.

Raccoons commonly use latrine areas at the base of trees, on fallen logs, large rocks, and woodpiles and in barns and other outbuildings. To reduce risk associated with these areas, keep children from playing in or around these areas. When cleaning areas that may have been contaminated by raccoon feces, such as haylofts, fireplaces, and attics, wear disposable rubber gloves, disposable clothes, and a dust mask. Burn all material that is removed. Roundworm eggs can survive for years in the environment and are resistant to all common disinfectants. (Source:
Raccoons, Wildlife Damage Management Fact Sheet Series, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ithaca, N.Y. ©2001 by Cornell University)

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