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Raccoons in the Attic Columbia
Raccoons in the Attic have become a growing issue in Columbia. Attics are warm and dry and a perfect place for raccoons to have a safe place to make a nest. It’s not the noise in your attic that should worry you, but the damage raccoons can make by ruining the insulation. The insulation and drywall can be ruined from urine, feces, afterbirth, and diseases.
Most commonly in Columbia, we find an adult female raccoons with babies in attics. Often, if you hear a loud thumping noise, raccoons have made their way into the attic and started making a new home for themselves. If you act quickly, you can circumvent this and hopefully minimize damage created by raccoons in the attic.
Besides raccoon infestations in your attic, you don’t want damage or odor coming from your attic! The noises from your attic are unnerving and a raccoons can cause potential HVAC issues with your duct lines. The biohazards of the urine and feces can also cause respiratory infections. Raccoons droppings can also carry parasites that are unhealthy for both your family and pets.
Raccoons in the Attic Columbia – Raccoon Infestations
If you leave remnants of raccoons in your attic, such as droppings, urine, nesting material, food, hair, etc., these things can attract insects like roaches. Most importantly, the scent left behind often attract new raccoons to break their way into your home once again. Mold can also grow on the areas in your attic with feces and urine and potentially cause respiratory infections and diseases that are easily spreadable.
Raccoons in the Attic Columbia – Common Problems
Raccoons can cause massive damage for you and your home in not properly taken care of. Some of the Common problems from Raccoons in the Attic are:
- Ripping into attics and setting up nests
- Fires or fire risks from chewed electrical wiring and electrical fixtures in attic which case sparks (fire hazards) or destruction of other electronics
- Destroyed insulation (by pushing it down), which will reduce your R-factor
- Strong odor of fecal matter and urine collected in attic insulation
- Dead raccoons in attic, with bad odor problems;
- Drywall damage caused by raccoons digging holes in ceiling
- Damaged support beams, HVAC duct lines, pipes and roof braces
Raccoons in the Attic Columbia – Raccoon Diseases
Raccoons leave urine and feces in attics, and carry parasites, making them carriers for the diseases that fleas, ticks, and more can transmit and spread. They leave lots of droppings, which can expose you to health risks such as leptospirosis or salmonella.
Common Raccoon Removal Tasks in Columbia:
- Home Inspections to Find Entry Hole(s)
- Remove Babies by Hand and Set Up Traps
- Seal Shut Entry Holes after Removal
- Clean & Sanitize the Attic – Remove Feces, Nesting Material, Food, Hair, Etc. & Spray with Enzyme Cleaner
- Remove Solid Insulation & Replace With New Insulation Damage
If you hear scurrying or thumping in your attic, call your Columbia wildlife removal specialists as soon as possible. Our team is licensed and trained and will provide professional services with exemplary customer service.
Raccoons in the Attic Columbia – Raccoon Inspection
When you begin to hear noises, or see signs of a possible animal entry into your home, call our animal removal specialists. Most people fear a one-on-one encounter with an unknown animal, and even docile animals can turn on you when they are cornered or feel threatened!
When you call Alpha Wildlife, a trained raccoon removal specialist will come out to your home or business to provide a complete inspection and prepare a free assessment for you. We typically provide same day service in Columbia. During the birthing season, Alpha Wildlife begins each raccoon removal project with a thorough search of your home for baby raccoons. These kits are immobile and cannot be chased or trapped from your attic. We must remove them by hand and relocate them to a safer environment.
Female raccoons work hard to protect and hide their litter of babies. Finding these babies is never easy and pretty much always involves crawling through a cramped and sweltering attic that is full of fiberglass insulation that has a distinctive strong odor of urine and feces. Our raccoon removal services include:
Raccoons in the Attic Columbia – Raccoon Trapping & Removal
Once we confirm the animal species that has entered your home, we are trained to use the most effective and humane means of removing the animals. While we use many different traps, our team uses the most effective trap for each animal and situation.
Sometimes we simply set live traps or use other devices that allow the animals to safely exit your home, but not get back inside. Other times we remove the animals by hand, or with special tools such as snare poles.
In every animal removal project, Alpha Wildlife follows and obeys all local and state laws provided by the State of Tennessee. We always take the most humane approach and search for babies before leaving and sanitizing.
Raccoons in the Attic Columbia – Raccoon Prevention
Repairing entry holes is a crucial step in the wildlife removal process. Sealing all entry holes shut ensures no future wildlife entry from these holes, which is also our goal. Our job is not considered complete until 100% of the entry holes are found and sealed shut. When applicable, we use steel. Rodents such as rats and squirrels are unable to chew through steel – they prefer wood.
Raccoons in the Attic Columbia – Attic Decontamination
Wildlife that enters your home often leave behind large amounts of droppings, urine, hair, oils, food, nesting materials, etc. It is these remnants left behind that attract other rodents (mice, rats, flying squirrels, raccoons) and even maggots. The scent they leave behind often encourages other animals to chew their way into your home, or use the same hole that the first animal used.
Raccoon Removal Columbia – Alpha Wildlife
Make sure to choose the Columbia wildlife removal experts you can count on – Alpha Wildlife! To learn more about our raccoon removal and prevention services in the greater Columbia, SC area, follow us on Facebook, YouTube or call us at (803) 638-8779. Contact our raccoon removal experts to learn more!
Alpha Wildlife offers racoon removal in the greater Columbia, SC area. This includes: Ballentine, Cayce, Chapin, Forest Acres, Gaston, Gilbert, Irmo, Lexington, West Columbia, Pelion, Pine Ridge, Red Bank, South Congaree, St. Andrews, and Swansea.