San Diego Raccoon Control And Removal Understanding Raccoons

We are a wildlife removal company here at Wildlife Removal Services — imagine that! We provide rodent removal services, pest control, and other animal exclusion and control measures in a humane and affordable way. We’ve done this for a long time now, what with our decade of experience serving San Diego County, Orange County, and even into Temecula. Our three-step approach to humane wildlife control was created with the safety and security of our customers in mind.

Way back then in 2008, we had just one truck which provided animal control services from Chula Vista all the way to Oceanside. These days, we have three trucks to better serve our community in a timely manner. Sometimes, you need a raccoon in the attic removed, and you need it removed now!

Now that our fleet has grown, we’ve been able to expand our service area into Temecula and Orange County, and with that expansion has come the opportunity to provide pest and rodent control services with some notable companies. Among these organizations are San Diego State University, the City of San Diego, aeronautics companies, and even the Department of Defense!

But fear not: despite our growing notoriety in the region (if we do say so ourselves) we haven’t forgotten our roots. We are a family-owned and operated wildlife removal company, and we treat each and every call with the care and expert attention the situation merits.

Our Three-Pronged Approach

In previous posts, we’ve taken a close look at our three-pronged approach to humane wildlife removal in San Diego and beyond. We won’t be getting too far into the weeds today, but we’d like to point out where you can find additional information about our animal control and exclusion methods. It starts with trapping and eviction, then exclusion and prevention, followed by our restoration and clean-up options. Whether you have raccoons pestering you or need some exclusion techniques for a cliff swallow problem that is happening this spring, we can help with affordable and creative solutions. We make sure that once the animal has been evicted (or removed), they’ll stay out!

We digress though, because we have a promised blog topic to get to — keep reading if you are interested in learning more about our San Diego raccoon removal practices and techniques, in addition to learning a thing or two about raccoons in general!

All About Raccoons

Before we get to how we remove these creatures (feel free to skip to that section if you want — but fair warning that you’ll be missing out on some fascinating, albeit nerdy, biological information about raccoons and their Southern California environment), we’d like to discuss their behavior, habitat, diet, and proclivity for setting up camp in attics around town during the springtime. Let’s dive in.

Behavior

As many of our readers who have lived in San Diego for some time already know, raccoons are fairly common around these parts. It’s also fairly common knowledge that raccoons are nocturnal, scavenging, and quite devious when it comes to pestering human abodes. They are fearless creatures — it’s not rare to see them tipping over garbage cans in well-lit areas, digging holes in yards with little thought of danger, or even entering structures through pet doors

But there is more to these creatures than existing to exclusively annoy humans. They have their own basic form of communication, that might even be classified as a “language,” but don’t quote us on that, as we are neither linguists nor philologists, tragically. That being said, raccoons utilize up to 15 different calls to communicate with one another, and each of these calls has its own, unique meaning.

Furthermore, raccoons like to form pseudo-family groups after they’ve come of age, around the one-year mark. They’ll travel around in packs of four or five at times, and yet they aren’t afraid to depart from the group for weeks at a time.

Diet And Seasonal Activity

Raccoons will take what they can get when it comes to food. While their staples are fruit, nuts, insects, grains, shellfish, frogs, snakes, seeds, and eggs, they aren’t really the discriminatory type. Whatever you leave out and attainable, they’ll use their quasi-hands and fingers to find a way to get to it.

In temperate climates, they’ll hibernate during the winter. But in places like San Diego, where it’s unbelievably pristine the year-round, raccoons can be seen all four seasons. What does this mean for us? It means there is no rest to local raccoon control and raccoon removal in San Diego County and beyond.

Raccoons In The Spring: Baby Time!

Okay, baby raccoons are pretty cute — we aren’t immune to that fact despite our being a San Diego wildlife removal company. But we’ve noticed they can become discernibly less cute when there is an entire litter of them making themselves at home in an attic. This is especially the case when it is your attic.

Raccoon reproduction begins at the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Check your calendars, folks. It’s about that time. Between April and May, racoon mothers will typically have between one to six kits. These mothers need to find a suitable nursery, though, and usually find attics to be an ideal locale for their designs.

And although we could say much more about the biology of raccoons, let’s transition to discuss how we can humanely remove these critters from your home or business’ premises.

What Can You Do?

If you’d like a seasoned pair of eyes to take a look at your home prior to any raccoon issues occurring, we are happy to provide that service. We’ll take a look at areas of concern, like addressing a pest or insect issue before it gets out of hand. Why? Raccoons will go wherever there’s a meal, and if the getting is good, they might just decide to stick around a little while, especially if momma is getting ready to complete her instinctual function (cue the Circle of Life track).

Additionally, you want to consider modifying or perhaps removing any water source found on your property. Don’t neglect your pool cover every night. Additionally, make sure you’re securing your trash, and obviously you don’t want to leave food lying around outside. If you want to go the extra-mile, feel free to pick up nuts and berries that may have fallen in your yard.

What Can We Do?

We mentioned our three-pronged approach to animal control above, and more often than not, most situations where raccoons are involved fall under our typical methods. Our approaches include installing one-way doors, using eviction fluids and repellents, and even physical capture of raccoons if necessary. Remember that we are “critter catchers” whose first priority is solving your problem so that you and your family are safe, secure, and comfortable in your own home. That being said, we can handle your raccoon problem humanely and affordably.

Reach Out To Us Today!

Whether you hail from Temecula, Orange County, or San Diego, we want you to know we are available for expert raccoon control services here at Wildlife Removal Services. We’ll take the time to listen to what the problem is, examine the situation, and come up with a plan of attack that you are comfortable with. Contact us for your free quote!