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Raccoon Removal in the Birmingham, Alabama Area

A young raccoon in a cage type trap looking in the direction of the animal removal technician who is not in the picture

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.

  • 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
  • The soffit is sagging an inch or two under the weight of raccoons that needs to be removed from the attic of a house in Trussville Alabama.
    Raccoon damage to a soffit in Trussville
  • Raccoon damage to duct insulation found at a Birmingham raccoon removal job
    Raccoon damage to insulation in Birmingham
  • Huge hole in roof found at a Bessemer, Alabama raccoon removal job
    Raccoon entry hole in Bessemer, Alabama
  • Raccoon damage to the interior walls of a house in Moody, Alabama
    Raccoon damage to a home in Moody
  • Large pile of raccoon scat in the insulation between the rafters in the unfinished attic of a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
    Raccoon scat in the attic of a Tuscaloosa home
  • Raccoons pulled the insulation down and pooped all over in a Trussville AL attic
    Raccoons tore up this attic in Trussville
  • 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
  • Raccoon hole under the roof sheathing at a house in Fairfield, Alabama
    Raccoon damage to a home in Fairfield
  • Raccoon entry hole in a brick wall of a house in Hoover, AL
    Raccoon hole in a house in Hoover
  • A big raccon hole along the side of a house in Birmingham, Alabama
    Huge hole at Birmingham raccoon removal job
  • Raccoon trapper holding a baby raccoon removed from a home in Birmingham
    Rodney with a baby raccoon in Birmingham
  • Crawl space vent with a big hole in it after DIY'er sealed raccoon inside house
    Do-it-yourself raccoon control - FAIL
  • A man installing a new crawl space door at an Anniston, Alabama raccoon damage repair job
    Raccoon damage repair job in Anniston
  • Technicians head and shoulders sticking out from under a porch where he is sealing raccoons out of the house
    Tim sealing raccoons out of a house
  • Raccoon in a cage trap after having been removed from a house in Birmingham Alabama
    Raccoon removed from a house in Birmingham
  • 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 in a trap waiting to be removed from an attic in Hoover, Alabama
    Raccoon removed from an attic in Hoover, AL
  • Raccoons tore a two foot section of roof fascia completely off a house in Birmingham Alabama to get into the attic.
    Raccoon damage to a house in Birmingham
  • Young raccoon in a cage trap facing the camera with a plaintive look on its face after being removed from a house in Trussville Alabama.
    Young raccoon removed from a Trussville home
  • Big raccoon hole in a roof of a house in Brighton, Alabama
    Raccoon damage to a roof in Brighton, Alabama
  • Young raccoon in a trap awaiting relocation after being removed from a house
    Young raccoon awaiting relocation after removal
  • A young raccoon in a trap after being humanely removed from a home in Leeds, AL
    Young raccoon trapped in Leeds, Alabama
  • Big raccoon hole in a roof soffit of a house in Midfield, Alabama
    Raccoon hole in roof soffit of a Midfield home

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

 

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The snow didn’t stop me nor the animals, was in Hiawasse, Duluth, Snellville, and then Marietta
by Chris Collender
Jan 18, 2022 04:41:40 pm.

Will be a cold and windy day today. Guys will be out working hard to seal homes, preventing all kinds of pest animals from getting in. Animals like rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons and opossums want out of the cold too. Pest animals beware.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 17, 2022 06:39:14 am.

Pretty good day in the office yesterday. We accepted new pest animal removal jobs in Grayson, Athens, Duluth, Fayetteville, Chamblee, Marietta, Monroe & Canton to name a few. For the best pest animal control service call Ridacritter today!
by Richard Adcock
Jan 14, 2022 07:43:04 am.

Currently in Monroe ga, squirrel job, headed to Atlanta now for rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Jan 13, 2022 10:01:40 am.

One of our Birmingham raccoon-removal team is trapping and relocating raccoons from the attic of a Tuscaloosa, Alabama home today. They'll also be animal-proofing the house to exclude raccoons and other wildlife, repairing the damage, and replacing the contaminated insulation.
by Webmaster
Jan 12, 2022 10:21:21 am.

Quoted a house in flowery branch with rats, then Gainesville for flyers now off to Cummings for squirrels
by Chris Collender
Jan 10, 2022 09:29:58 am.

Baby it’s cold outside, lilburn, lawrenceville, and McDonough, all 3 calls where squirrels chewing threw the ceiling into the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 04, 2022 12:01:10 pm.

Beginning of another great year in the pest critter control, removal and prevention business. Call Ridacritter for a quote so you can be critter free. We service metro areas of Atlanta, Macon, Albany, Valdosta, Birmingham and many more.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 03, 2022 06:52:37 am.

We have new pest animal removal jobs in Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Hoover, Alpharetta, Marietta, Stonecrest and Smyrna to name a few. Crews will be providing free quotes for removal & prevention of critters in homes and attics.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 28, 2021 08:47:39 am.

Busy day after the Holidays, in Austell for snakes in the basement, then to Duluth and Stonecrest for squirrels, now on my way to Alpharetta for another quote
by Chris Collender
Dec 27, 2021 01:06:28 pm.

You don't have to share your home with pest animals like mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, opossum or bats. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on pest animal removal and prevention. Over 20 years Ridacritter has been assisting home owners.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 23, 2021 10:43:26 am.

In Valdosta taking care of customers with rats and another with squirrels in the attic. Scratching noises prompted them to call us.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 22, 2021 12:37:31 pm.

Had a squirrel job this morning in McDonough, then had bats in the house in Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Dec 22, 2021 12:26:54 pm.

Its Christmas week and the Ridacritter techs are out there helping remove and prevent nuisance pest animals like rats, mice, squirrels, bats and raccoons. You dont have to share your attic or home with pest wildlife, call Ridacritter today.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 20, 2021 09:39:16 am.

Wildlife-management specialists from our Birmingham office just removed a young raccoon from a Trussville, Alabama home. This is a very bust season for raccoon removal because young males usually spend their first winters away from their mothers and sisters. But they tend to be easy to trap because they're too young to have developed trap-shyness.
by Webmaster
Dec 20, 2021 09:33:14 am.

Chris S. removed a young raccoon from the attic of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. Today the entire house is being made animal-proof to prevent raccoons and other wildlife from getting in.
by Webmaster
Dec 17, 2021 09:33:51 am.

Pest rodents like rats, mice & squirrels often move into homes in cold wet weather. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on removal and prevention of pest animals. Servicing metro Birmingham AL, Macon Ga, Athens Ga, Atlanta Ga, Albany Ga areas
by Richard Adcock
Dec 17, 2021 09:24:17 am.

Raccoons tore a section of siding right off the chimney enclosure of a house in Leeds, Alabama. Raccoon-removal technicians out of our Birmingham office will replace the siding to keep wildlife out of the house, and trap and relocate the raccoons that are already in the attic.
by Webmaster
Dec 15, 2021 11:23:05 am.

Hearing noises in your home? That’s not Santa in your attic, that’s nuisance wildlife making their home home in your home! Give us call to schedule an estimate. We’ll have them out in no time!
by Amber A.
Dec 14, 2021 05:00:46 pm.

Quoted squirrels in conyers, now off to McDonough, more squirrels
by Chris Collender
Dec 13, 2021 10:15:26 am.

Busy day, quoted rats in Buford, squirrels in Atlanta and stonecrest, then finished the day in Marietta, bats. Lots to wildlife quotes
by Chris Collender
Dec 10, 2021 08:24:24 pm.

We can’t control the weather, but we do offer some great services for rat control, and for other nuisance wildlife. Give us a call today for a quote. We offer humane removal and excellent exclusion work!
by Amber A.
Dec 10, 2021 10:15:12 am.

Had a busy day yesterday. Lots of squirrel calls. In and around Hoover and Mountain Brook. Headed to Alabaster for wildlife activity in a person’s attic. He thinks he saw a chipmunk but my guess is flying squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Dec 09, 2021 08:12:47 am.

Good morning! Pretty busy with wildlife exclusions today. I’m headed to Jacksonville to quote a house with squirrels. My bama crew are sealing houses in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham for raccoons and squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Dec 06, 2021 08:35:39 am.

Middle to South Georgia squirrels in the attic? Protecting homes since 2001 against wildlife. Everyone have a fun and safe weekend.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 03, 2021 03:50:03 pm.

Just finished up on a free quote in Albany Ga. Afterwards I was able to let the customer know that the noises they’ve been hearing are squirrels. Now headed to another in Macon Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 01, 2021 11:07:54 am.

Good morning! Headed to Birmingham to quote a client with a multitude of rodent issues squirrels in the attic and rats in the crawl space. Then off to vestavia for squirrels and raccoons. Then to mccalla for more squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Dec 01, 2021 09:20:33 am.

The wildlife might be out of your house but they probably left something behind - like urine and feces, YUCK! Call us for quote to remove contaminated insulation and blow new back in! We can help!
by Amber A.
Nov 29, 2021 06:21:45 pm.

Outside wildlife is beautiful, but not so much if it’s in your home! We can help you keep the animals out! Give us a call for humane removal, and exclusion!
by Amber A.
Nov 19, 2021 09:33:12 am.

Busy day. In Tuscaloosa we have a customer with a bad wildlife problem. They have raccoons, rats, and squirrels. Got my crew in Birmingham for an exclusion for rats.
by Chris Scott
Nov 18, 2021 10:51:23 am.

Good morning everyone! Headed off to Birmingham lots of wildlife activity. My guys are sealing some houses today with raccoons and rats. Call Ridacritter (205) 490-6200 for any wildlife issues you have.
by Chris Scott
Nov 16, 2021 07:45:16 am.

Did you know mice don’t like the cold? If they choose your home to get warm in, give us a call. We can help!!
by Amber A.
Nov 15, 2021 06:59:47 pm.

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. We are fully licensed and insured.

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