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Racoon Problems | Pest Control Long Island | NYC | Westchester NY
Raccoons are as common on city streets in all five boroughs as they are in the Long Island suburbs. Raccoons are nocturnal wild animals with grey fur and distinctive markings of alternating light and dark rings around its tail and a dark masklike area over it eyes. Raccoons are active all year round but make take cover/den over periods of severe cold/snowy winter weather. Raccoons are omnivorous, (eating both plants and smaller animals, like crayfish, fish, frogs, and sometimes grown nesting birds and occasionally rabbits). Raccoons make dens of hollow trees, ground burrows, and brush piles. Although generally thought of as a rural woodland animal, because of the easy access to garbage, the population of raccoons has grown tremendously in suburban and urban areas of New York in recent years, plus the fact that many people leave food out for the raccoons to feed upon, making the once shy raccoon comfortable around people and people surroundings/trappings.

Many people in suburban areas are familiar with the damage raccoons can do with their vegetable gardens, but the damage that can be done to a structure can be extremely formidable. Due to the raccoon’s size, strength, and their paw structure, (being able to grip), raccoons can and have ripped shingles and fascia boards off of building facades. Torn vents off to access attics spaces and destroy the interior walls. Once inside raccoon can further destroy the interior spaces with urine and fecal matter. Besides the noises they make and the objectionable odors, raccoons are host to a wide range of parasites , (fleas, mites, and ticks) that are vectors of health problems in their own right, but raccoons are also known carriers of a host of other diseases including round worm and Rabies. Raccoons are known to bite.

Raccoon Removal

Raccoons are a formidable pest for an untrained individual to deal with. Raccoons are powerful and can be dangerous. A sickly raccoon may have rabies which can make the animal vicious and extremely aggressive. A Knockout Pest Control tech knows the biology and habits of raccoons. They are highly trained in their removal, whether it is only one or an entire den of many, our knowledgeable staff can command the situation. We know how to properly identity the pest, where and when to look, how to evacuate their hiding places within a structure and when and how to catch/trap them. Once removed, our certified techs can discuss all the means necessary to prevent re-entry into your residential or commercial space, which could include dealing with trash, clearing brush, trimming tree overhangs near structures, and rethinking arbors/trellises against buildings.

Knockout Pest Control Can Knock Out Racoons

Knockout Pest Control is your local expert at knocking out racoons–and we keep them down for the count. Every member of our team receives over 100 hours of classroom instruction and in-the-field training so you are guaranteed a knockout punch to your pest problem every time. We serve all of Long Island, New York City, and Westchester and Rockland Counties. Call 1-800-244-PEST or 1-800-244-7378 We respond like every pest problem is an emergency with fast, 24 hour service seven days a week. We don’t have the big red boxing glove in our logo for nothing!

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