Do you have raccoons in your crawl space in Germantown TN? Raccoons easily can fit through small crawl spaces and squeeze under your home. You can hear bumping and banging or scratching underneath your home. If this happens, look for OPEN TRASH CANS. Also, make sure neighbors are not feeding the raccoons at night. Leaving dog and cat food outdoors is another way to attract raccoons. While this may not seem like a big deal for many people, it can create major problems for neighboring houses. For additional information, check out Raccoon Removal In Germantown TN.
Why Do Raccoons Like Crawl Spaces?
Once a raccoon finds good feeding grounds, he will want to stay nearby. Raccoons typically search for a quiet place, easily accessible and has a plentiful food and water source. It is actually much cooler under the house. Also, crawl spaces typically have a ready supply of mice and rats. Hopefully this is not your situation. But if it is, we are ready to help!
Signs You Have Raccoons In Your Crawl Space In Germantown TN
When walking around your property, search for holes that are bigger than a baseball or any chewing or claw marks. These are sure signs that an animal bigger than a squirrel has been going in and out of the hole. Raccoons typically will not dig a new hole and will use holes that are already available to them. Raccoons are opportunists and will go into a space that was previously created and left by other animals. Ground vents and rotted wood are also possible points of entry for raccoons.
Full Exclusion And Trapping Of Raccoons In Your Crawl Space In Germantown TN
If you have signs of raccoons in your crawl space in Germantown TN, you have a couple of different options. We will do outside trapping or trapping full exclusion. Full exclusion lets us completely seal your property against reentry of animals. Trapping simply traps the raccoon for relocation. We release the raccoons about twenty-five miles from your home so that they will not be able to find their way back to you.
If we do a full inspection, we locate all possible entry points. The technician will complete a full inside and outside inspection from the crawl space to your attic, and from your foundation to your roof line. He will also check for any damages under the house including all the ground vents. The technician will photograph any damage he finds so you can see what is going on under your house. He will also check the foundation and all the crawl space doors as well. He will then give you a quote to repair any damages, seal the building, and trap any animals present.
Outside Raccoon Trapping Service
Apex Wildlife Control also offers exterior trapping. With exterior trapping only, we do not do any exclusion work or seal any entry points.
Our technician will come out to verify the species gaining access to your crawl space. After he verifies the species, he will set traps in the best exterior location possible. On average, we usually set three traps unless we know the exact number of raccoons present. We will add traps according to the number of raccoons in the family.
Raccoon Bait And How We Trap
Our technicians are very knowledgeable about raccoon activity. We select the best bait possible for the circumstances. When picking bait for an exterior trap we have to consider the wildlife and any domestic animals in the area. If there are stray cats around or outdoor pets we will use a bait that is less likely to entice them. We want to avoid trapping the wrong species or any domestic animals.
Once traps are set and baited, we will begin the seven-day trapping process. We schedule three trap checks for seven days for outside trapping. It is not necessary for you to be home for these trap checks. We do ask that you check these traps daily and give us a call if a raccoon is caught. This will allow us to pick up the animal sooner to prevent dehydration.
Trapping Guarantee When Not Performing Exclusion
Apex Wildlife Control is very successful with exterior trapping for raccoons. With that said, our company cannot guarantee any of our exterior trapping services. This is because we cannot make an animal enter a trap. Our goal is to entice them into the trap, but they can always choose not to enter. Some animals are much smarter than others. If an animal has been previously trapped, it may be trap-shy and refuse to go into a trap no matter what. However, younger animals are generally easier to trap.
Apex Wildlife Control does not use “kill” traps for raccoons. Once we catch them in the cages, we take them about twenty-five miles out and relocate them. This is far enough removed that they will not find their way back to your home. If you have a family of raccoons, we try to catch them and relocate them together. This is the best opportunity for survival when it comes to young raccoons. We always try to keep the families together if we can.
We are here for any and all of your wildlife needs. Apex Wildlife Control does it all and there is no challenge too big or small for us to handle. If you think you have raccoons in your crawl space in Germantown TN, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help!