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Raccoon Removal in the Birmingham, Alabama Area

Animal control specialist holding a baby raccoon

Rodney holding a baby raccoon removed from a house in Birmingham.

Raccoons are medium-sized, stocky animals that are easily recognized by their "masked" appearance. They're primarily nocturnal; in fact, if you see adult raccoons during the daytime, there's a chance that they're sick.

A lot of folks believe that raccoons are rodents, but they're not. They're actually more closely related to pandas than to rodents. They also score very highly on scales of animal intelligence, and are able to figure out things like how to open gate latches or how to open the lids of "animal-resistant" garbage cans.

They also have occasionally been observed making use of rudimentary tools, such as using a stick to open a latch.

Raccoons also have excellent dexterity in their front paws. Although not fully opposable, their thumbs are dexterous enough to allow them to manipulate prey and objects, as well as to get into places where they're not exactly welcomed with open arms.

They also have nerve endings in their hands that become more sensitive when they are wet, which is why raccoons "wash" their food before eating it. When their hands are wet, they can more easily detect whether the food is fresh and edible.

Raccoon Behavior

Three raccoons in a tree

In nature, raccoons often live aloft, in high branches or hollow trees.

Raccoons are incredibly resourceful animals who are able to learn and remember the solutions to problems, making them a real challenge to control.

In nature, they prefer living in hollow trees (usually in the upper part of the tree); but when hollow trees are hard to find, they'll often take up residence in caves, burrows abandoned by other animals, and of course, human-occupied buildings. When they decide to move into a human home, raccoons may choose to live in the attic, the chimney, the crawl space, the roof soffits, or pretty much anywhere where there is sufficient space and they don't think they'll be disturbed.

In terns of diet, the raccoon is one of the most omnivorous of all animals. There are few things that they won't eat. In nature, they prefer invertebrates such as insects and earthworms, small vertebrates such as frogs and fish, and plant foods such as fruits, nuts, and berries.

As their natural habitat continues to shrink, however, raccoons have easily adapted to living among humans and eating our leftovers, frequently raiding our garbage cans and dumpsters.

Raccoons and Health

When raccoons get into homes, they create a health hazard. Like most other wild animals, raccoon droppings can harbor an assortment of insect pests, along with disease-causing fungi. Their parasites (fleas, lice, ticks, and mites) are also capable of transmitting diseases.

Raccoons also have fairly high incidences of rabies and distemper, and should be avoided when encountered in the wild. You should especially avoid raccoons that seem sluggish, unsteady, or "friendly." Any of these symptoms might mean the animal is infected with rabies.

Wild raccoons may also attack humans if they're cornered or surprised. Although raccoons will run away from humans most of the time, if they are trapped, cornered, surprised, or defending their young, they may attack -- and they are strong enough and fast enough to put a serious hurting on a human.

Raccoon Removal and Control

Poorly-done DIY raccoon exclusion in Birmingham using window screen

This D-I-Y raccoon control job in Birmingham didn't work out too well...

Raccoon control consists of trapping the raccoons, and then raccoon-proofing the home so they can't get back in. In addition, it's helpful to practice good sanitation practices (especially choosing high-quality garbage cans with lockable lids) to make your home less attractive to them.

Because raccoons are highly intelligent, very strong, very dexterous, and very adaptable, raccoon-proofing a home can be a real challenge, even for skilled animal control operators. Raccoons can figure out how to get around any but the most well-done exclusion techniques. You really need to go over an entire house with a fine-toothed comb to keep raccoons out -- which is exactly what we do, of course.

The point is that raccoon control is not a do-it-yourself job. They are strong animals with the potential to hurt you, they have a high rate of infection with several serious diseases, and they are comfortable at heights that make most humans dizzy. So please, don't even think about trying DIY raccoon control. Seriously. Your chances of success are very low. Your chances of hurting yourself, however, are very high.

Call us instead. We've done thousands of raccoon removal and exclusion jobs, and we have the equipment and personnel necessary to do it right, and to do it safely.

Raccoon Control Gallery

Here are some pictures of raccoon-removal and exclusion work that we've done in Birmingham and throughout the area.

  • Big raccoon hole in a roof soffit of a house in Midfield, Alabama

    Raccoon hole in roof soffit of a Midfield home

  • Young adult raccoon in a trap calmly look at the camera after being removed from a house in Hoover

    Young adult raccoon removed from a house in Hoover

  • Crawl space vent with a big hole in it after DIY'er sealed raccoon inside house

    Do-it-yourself raccoon control - FAIL

  • Raccoons tore up the screen and damaged the slats in a crawl space vent cover that is laying on the ground outside a house

    Raccoons did a job on this crawl space vent cover

  • Raccoon damage to duct insulation found at a Birmingham raccoon removal job

    Raccoon damage to insulation in Birmingham

  • Young raccoon in a cage trap in a vehicle after being removed from a home in Heflin, AL

    Young raccoon removed from a home in Heflin

  • Raccoon in a cage trap after having been removed from a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Raccoon removed from a house in Birmingham

  • Raccoons pulled the insulation down and pooped all over in a Trussville AL attic

    Raccoons tore up this attic in Trussville

  • Animal control expert making a crawl space in Irondale AL raccoon-proof

    Sealing raccoons out of crawl space in Irondale

  • Damage to sheetrock and insulation found at Oxford, Alabama raccoon removal job

    Raccoon damage in the attic of an Oxford home

  • A man installing a new crawl space door at an Anniston, Alabama raccoon damage repair job

    Raccoon damage repair job in Anniston

  • Raccoon hole in the edge of a roof at a Birmingham raccoon removal job

    Raccoon damage to a roof in Birmingham

  • A man on a ladder setting a raccoon trap in a soffit of a house in Birmingham, Alabama

    Birmingham, Alabama raccoon removal job

  • Young raccoon in a cage trap appears to be sleepy after being removed from the attic of a house in Vestavia Hills Alabama

    Raccoon removed from an attic in Vestavia Hills

  • Raccoon droppings on the shingled roof of a house

    Raccoon droppings on a roof

  • Animal control specialist holding a baby raccoon in his gloved hand after removing it from an apartment house in Birmingham Alabama.

    Baby raccoon removed from a building in Birmingham

  • Baby raccoon in an animal control technician's gloved hand

    Baby raccoon removed from home in Bessemer

  • A raccoon in a trap after being removed from a home in Birmingham, Georgia

    Raccoon removed from a home in Birmingham

  • Raccoon hole on the side of a house in Homewood, Alabama

    Raccoon damage to a house in Homewood

  • A young raccoon in a trap after being humanely removed from a home in Leeds, AL

    Young raccoon trapped in Leeds, Alabama

  • Raccoon damage to the interior walls of a house in Moody, Alabama

    Raccoon damage to a home in Moody

  • Raccoon entry hole in a brick wall of a house in Hoover, AL

    Raccoon hole in a house in Hoover

  • Raccoon trapper holding a baby raccoon removed from a home in Birmingham

    Rodney with a baby raccoon in Birmingham

  • Young raccoon in a cage trap looking at the camera after being removed from a house in Hoover Alabama

    Young raccoon removed from a house in Hoover

For more information about flying raccoon-removal or any of our quality services, please call us today.

 

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by Amber A.
May 14, 2021 06:04:38 pm.

I think there was more animal activity outside then inside today! If they get in, we can get them out!
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May 13, 2021 06:10:20 pm.

Cooler weather coming in means the animals coming in! We can help! :)
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May 03, 2021 06:03:57 pm.

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Apr 30, 2021 06:13:44 pm.

Here's Why this House in Hoover, Alabama had Raccoons Living in the Attic
by Webmaster
Apr 26, 2021 09:03:40 am.

Hope everyone stays safe from the storms. Listen out for animals, they might be taking shelter too!
by Amber A.
Mar 17, 2021 05:45:47 pm.

Today is a wonderful day to call Ridacritter for all of your nuisance animal exclusion needs! We cover rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, and more!
by Jake A.
Mar 12, 2021 02:54:13 pm.

Warm weather brought out calls for several animals today! From Snakes, to squirrels, mice and bees!!
by Amber A.
Mar 10, 2021 07:41:48 pm.

Night-Vision Video of a Raccoon Living in the Attic of a Church in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2021 09:53:43 am.

Rats, mice and squirrels today. Wildlife repairs with trapping. Animal exclusion needed call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 25, 2021 10:58:52 am.

Rainy all over Georgia it seems like. Hard for us to keep dry when we’re determined to evict the animals and seal to keep them out. In Albany Ga now for a couple quotes and then to Zebulon Ga for another quote for squirrels removal. Be safe
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2021 11:10:35 am.

Headed over to Albany Georgia for a quote to exclude squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 02, 2021 11:44:36 am.

Give Ridacritter a call for any of your nuisance animal needs. From Bats, to Bees, Squirrels, to Rats, Ridacritter solves all of your problems. Call for an exclusion today!
by Jake A.
Jan 30, 2021 10:25:50 am.

Day 2 of raccoon removal Back to Birmingham.
by James G.
Jan 29, 2021 09:23:31 am.

Heading to Birmingham Alabama today Rangle and raccoon !
by James G.
Jan 28, 2021 08:01:38 am.

Very busy right now. Lots of squirrels and rats in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Looks like bats are flying already as I’ve got several bat jobs to look at this week. Had a customer yesterday with squirrels and bats.
by Chris Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:07:01 am.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
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Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

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Dec 24, 2020 11:23:46 am.

Finishing up on a exclusion in Cordele Ga and headed to Valdosta Ga for some trap checking. Good times. Happy Monday.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2020 10:46:24 am.

Headed down south today to Albany Ga to give a quote for a bat exclusion. Animals in the attic scratching and bats are keeping the customers up at night. Time for us to step in.
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Sep 10, 2020 09:42:30 am.

Video of Baby Raccoons Climbing a Tree
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Jul 13, 2020 09:56:45 am.

Jason and Justin Deodorizing an Attic After Animal Removal
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Jun 24, 2020 10:10:29 am.

Video of Raccoons in the Attic of a House in Birmingham, Alabama
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Jun 22, 2020 09:40:46 am.

News: CDC Warns that COVID-19 Lockdowns are Making Rats and Mice More Desperate
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May 27, 2020 09:43:37 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Rats and Mice Out of a Loading Dock
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Apr 30, 2020 10:02:16 am.

Dean Holding a Baby Raccoon Removed from an Apartment House in Birmingham, Alabama
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Apr 17, 2020 10:29:05 am.

The Birmingham, Alabama office of Rid-A-Critter provides raccoon removal and damage repair in Birmingham, Alabama and the the entire Metro Birmingham area including Anniston, Bessemer, Brighton, Chelsea, Fairfield, Heflin, Homewood, Hoover, Hueytown, Irondale, Jasper, Leeds, Midfield, Moody, Mountain Brook, Oxford, Pell City, Trussville, Valdosta, Vestavia, Warrior, and their surrounding areas.

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