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a group of raccoons walking on a road_ed



Trapping is a common service provided by Precision for the humane removal of nuisance wildlife. Trapping services are normally the first step in solving a nuisance animal problem and proper repairs are normally required to keep wildlife out of the area they invaded. Being that every nuisance wildlife situation is different we offer different trapping plans and decide the most suitable for each situation. 

The raccoon is often recognized by its black mask and tail covered by white rings. Adult raccoons may be up to 3 feet long and weigh up to 30 pounds, although some male raccoons can weigh up to 40 pounds! Raccoons have a whitish gray coat, sometimes yellowish with black patches of fur. This fur is long and dense, a grizzled brown and black color that has often been described as "salt and pepper." The tail can grow to fifteen inches. A tail can have five to seven black rings on it. Raccoons look like they have a bandit mask on their face. Although raccoons are flesh eaters and have long canine teeth, their molar teeth are adapted for a varied diet that includes more than just meat. Raccoons are considered scavengers and often rummage through trash barrels and dumpsters to find food. Raccoons are also nocturnal animals so they become highly active at night often sighted on homeowners decks and porches in search of that next meal. 

As you can tell we enjoy the raccoon and its distinctive features, so much so that we have
incorporated it into our logo. But it's not just its distinctive physical characteristics that
we admire, it's their uncanny ability to invade secured attic vents, travel up and down
open chimneys, and the creativity they use to survive in our ever-expanding communities.
Raccoons often den in the spring in preparation for their young and they normally do so
in attics and chimneys. Chimneys are a safe haven because most predators of the juvenile
raccoons cannot access the den allowing the raccoons to grow to a point of self-survival.
Daily in the spring, we do remove these raccoons from their den because of the
hazards they can bring to homeowners. Raccoons can carry diseases such as rabies and
distemper and often defecate in sections of their den which can contain roundworms
. They also can destroy attic insulation which they use for nesting material, raccoons don't understand the soaring costs of energy nor the expense of an attic restoration service. 


Prevention is always the best policy when it comes to dealing with nuisance wildlife. Proper repairs to a home, maintenance plans, and inspection services are just a part of what might help you never have to deal with a nuisance animal problem.

Make sure vents are sealed properly:

  • Install a chimney cap before a raccoon gets in

  • Secure trash in trash barrels (tightly sealed)

  • Openings that look inviting can be repaired

Wondering how to get rid of raccoons? There is no magic spray or device that you can use to make them go away. Some people try to sell predator urine, such as coyote or fox urine to get rid of raccoons, but that doesn't work. They also try to sell ultrasonic sound emitters. These devices are worthless at eliminating raccoons. Some old wives' tales recommend the use of mothballs or ammonia-soaked rags to make them leave, but I've been to countless homes where these techniques failed - biologists know that these attempts won't work. The ONE AND ONLY WAY to take care of your problem is with trapping and removal of the animals.

A juvenile raccoon chews on an orange._e
Image by Zdeněk Macháček
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