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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.

  • Animal control expert making a crawl space in Irondale AL raccoon-proof
    Sealing raccoons out of crawl space in Irondale
  • A raccoon in a trap after being removed from a home in Birmingham, Georgia
    Raccoon removed from a home in Birmingham
  • Sunlight shining into the attic from a gap in the eave of the house with raccoon contaminated insulation in the foreground.
    How raccoons got into this attic in Hoover
  • The foundation vent cover is completely missing, exposing a hole that is big enough for adult raccoons to get through
    How do you think raccoons got into this home?
  • 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
  • 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 hole under the roof sheathing at a house in Fairfield, Alabama
    Raccoon damage to a home in Fairfield
  • 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
  • A man installing a new crawl space door at an Anniston, Alabama raccoon damage repair job
    Raccoon damage repair job in Anniston
  • Raccoon entry hole in a brick wall of a house in Hoover, AL
    Raccoon hole in a house in Hoover
  • 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
  • A raccoon hole next to the dryer duct in the attic of a home in Hoover, Alabama
    Raccoon hole in attic of a house in Hoover
  • Raccoon droppings on the shingled roof of a house
    Raccoon droppings on a roof
  • Baby raccoon in an animal control technician's gloved hand
    Baby raccoon removed from home in Bessemer
  • A man on a ladder setting a raccoon trap in a soffit of a house in Birmingham, Alabama
    Birmingham, Alabama raccoon removal job
  • Big raccoon hole in a roof of a house in Brighton, Alabama
    Raccoon damage to a roof in Brighton, Alabama
  • Raccoon damage to the interior walls of a house in Moody, Alabama
    Raccoon damage to a home in Moody
  • Young raccoon in a trap awaiting relocation after being removed from a house
    Young raccoon awaiting relocation after removal
  • A raccoon on the top of a pipe looked down to face the camera right before it climbed into the soffit of a church in Birmingham Alabama.
    Raccoon climbing into a church in Birmingham
  • Raccoon in a trap waiting to be removed from an attic in Hoover, Alabama
    Raccoon removed from an attic in Hoover, AL
  • Damage to sheetrock and insulation found at Oxford, Alabama raccoon removal job
    Raccoon damage in the attic of an Oxford home
  • A young raccoon in a trap after being humanely removed from a home in Leeds, AL
    Young raccoon trapped in Leeds, Alabama
  • Raccoon in a cage trap after having been removed from a house in Birmingham Alabama
    Raccoon removed from a house in Birmingham
  • 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

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

 

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Albany, Americus and Thomaston squirrel calls are on the rise. Scheduled them all today for exclusion quotes. Scratching noises in the attic prompted them to call. Call for your free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 19, 2021 10:16:47 am.

Another busy day. Off to Tuscaloosa to quote a couple of clients who are interested in having their homes sealed to prevent rodent entry. Then to Mountain Brook for some squirrels in an attic.
by Chris Scott
Oct 19, 2021 07:55:58 am.

As we get ready for the cooler weather, so do they! Monday has started off with lots of “animals/noises in attic” calls!! Call your local RAC office for an estimate on humane removal & exclusion!
by Amber A.
Oct 18, 2021 08:44:48 am.

Beautiful week ahead for helping customers rid critters from their attics. If you live in and around Birmingham AL, Atlanta, GA Macon, Ga and you hear animals in your home call Ridacritter. We can get those rats, bats & squirrels out.
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Oct 18, 2021 08:10:23 am.

Busy Saturday @ Ridacritter. We accepted new jobs or rat, mice, bat and squirrel removal in Indian Springs Village AL, Macon GA, Acworth GA, Harpersville AL & Albany GA. Don't share your house or attic with nuisance critters.
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Oct 17, 2021 09:07:05 am.

Wanna know the best way to get rid of rats, bats, squirrels, mice, raccoons and rodents? Call Ridacritter of course. A+ BBB, TrustDale Cert & over 20 years in business. Critter removal from attics and complete animal exclusions.
by Richard Adcock
Oct 14, 2021 08:19:18 am.

Headed out to Pell City to do a couple of evaluations for rodents one client has some snake issues under the house the other flying squirrels. Then a little drive over to Crowell for a rat and mouse quote.
by Chris Scott
Oct 14, 2021 08:16:35 am.

Had a busy day today! Couple of customers in hueytown with squirrels in their attics. Went down to Pelham for another squirrel quote. Then finished out the day in Vestavia Hills for two more squirrel quotes. Lots of squirrels jobs today.
by Chris Scott
Oct 12, 2021 09:14:00 pm.

Good morning! I’m off to Leeds for a hornet’s nest. Then headed to vestavia for mice and snakes. Got a couple quotes in Birmingham for squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Oct 11, 2021 07:33:23 am.

Happy Friday! We’ve spent most of the morning getting calls about squirrels in the attic! If you’re hearing noises in the attic, give us a call for an estimate!
by Amber A.
Oct 08, 2021 10:44:38 am.

Good morning! I’m off to Bessemer Alabama. Got a customer with some squirrels in there attic. Then headed to Tuscaloosa. Roll Tide! Got a few quotes for mice and squirrels. Have a Good Friday. Everyone l!
by Chris Scott
Oct 08, 2021 07:30:02 am.

In Americus Ga quoting a bat exclusion job.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 06, 2021 11:08:51 am.

Rainy weather might stop us from wanting to go out, but not the squirrels, bats, or other rodents! If animals are getting into your home, give us a call for an estimate. We offer humane removal and full home exclusion services!
by Amber A.
Oct 06, 2021 08:06:31 am.

Valdosta bats and Americus squirrels has our crews in South Ga busy today.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 05, 2021 09:02:26 am.

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by Amber A.
Oct 04, 2021 09:17:24 am.

Happy Monday! Looking forward to a great week.
by Richard Adcock
Oct 04, 2021 08:50:40 am.

Already a busy week lined up for next week. Squirrels, bats, rats from Valdosta all the way up to the Griffin.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 01, 2021 12:03:44 pm.

Happy First Day of October!! That means it’s getting closer to cool weather and the animals might seek a home in your home! Call us for a quote to animal proof your home!
by Amber A.
Oct 01, 2021 10:28:33 am.

Technicians from our Birmingham office are repairing damage to the soffit panel as part of a Trussville, Alabama raccoon removal job. This is the time of year when young male raccoons in particular are moving into their winter homes.
by Webmaster
Sep 30, 2021 11:17:28 am.

One of our technicians is on his way to remove a young raccoon from the attic of a church in Birmingham, Alabama. This time of the year, many young male raccoons move away from home and spend their first winters with other bachelor males making messes in attics. It's the raccoon equivalent of a college dorm.
by Webmaster
Sep 27, 2021 10:50:38 am.

Mice chewed through the screen behind a foundation vent to get into a house in Trussville, Alabama. Mouse control experts from our Birmingham office are re-screening the vents to keep mice out of the house, and using traps to eliminate the existing mouse population.
by Webmaster
Sep 03, 2021 11:24:11 am.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
Jul 23, 2021 06:29:58 pm.

Hope everyone stayed dry from the rain but if you got flooded with animals we can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 21, 2021 06:32:40 pm.

We can remove animals from the structure, as well as seal up your home, but if those pesky critters left behind any excrement, we offer cleanup as well as insulation replacement! Call for a quote!
by Amber A.
Jun 18, 2021 06:34:50 pm.

Happy Monday! Hope everyone has a wonderful and productive week! And if animals are keeping you up at night, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 14, 2021 05:59:26 pm.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
by Amber A.
Jun 12, 2021 07:23:35 pm.

It’s a competition between bats and raccoons getting up in the attics the last few days! If it’s in your attic, we can get it!
by Amber A.
Jun 11, 2021 06:04:09 pm.

The rain seems to be driving the animals in! We can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 10, 2021 06:04:42 pm.

The rain doesn’t scare the animals away! If you’ve noticed one taking shelter in your home, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 07, 2021 07:24:17 pm.

Today, the Raccoons took the spotlight! Lots of customers reporting raccoon activity in their attic!
by Amber A.
Jun 04, 2021 06:05:55 pm.

Out and about in LaGrange Ga on snake calls. Give us a call for a free quote today.
by Jason Arruda
May 25, 2021 02:16:41 pm.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
by Amber A.
May 21, 2021 06:06:17 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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