In the urban areas of South Carolina where raccoons become so numerous that they are a serious pest, they must be excluded or removed by a raccoon removal and control specialist. Trapping with baited cage traps is the most satisfactory way to remove raccoons. There are no federally registered chemicals to control raccoons. Approved chemical repellents have not been found to be effective. You should never attempt to trap raccoons or remove a wild animal unless you have the necessary training to do so. If you suspect you have a raccoon in your attic, under porch, under sheds or utility building you should call our raccoon removal specialists immediately. We can get rid of your raccoons and repair any damages they have caused to your home or business!
Raccoons are very common throughout South Carolina. They are medium sized animals 12 - 35+ lbs. and 20 - 40 inches long, including a bushy tail with 4 to 7 black rings. The fur has a salt and pepper appearance with the black mask marking on a whitish face characteristic of the species. The tracks of raccoons are very distinctive. The hind foot is long, narrow, and rests flat on the ground like those of a bear. The front paw is hand-like, with toes that are long and well separated. This permits the use of the front paws with almost the facility of a monkey's hands.
Urban raccoon populations in South Carolina are frequently underestimated because people seldom see them traveling during the daytime. They are also territorial, particularly the males. Adult males may occupy areas of 3 to 20 sq. miles; females have a much smaller territory of 1 to 6 sq. miles. Raccoons den up in hollow trees, drain pipes, attics of homes and buildings, under decks, under storage buildings, in brush piles, and abandoned burrows.
Raccoons cause substantial damage to homes and businesses in South Carolina. In urban areas, raccoons damage buildings (particularly in attics and roofs), gardens, fruit trees, lawns, get into garbage cans, and trash containers. They are also attracted to pet food left outdoors and will attack pets. Occasionally, one or more raccoons will establish a communal toilet area in your attic resulting in the deposition of a large number of scats.
Since free roaming wildlife does not receive veterinary care, all wildlife species can carry diseases and parasites. Raccoons are known carriers of rabies, canine distemper, encephalitis, histoplasmosis, trypanosomiasis, coccidiosis, toxoplasmosis, tularemia, tuberculosis, listeriosis, leptospirosis, roundworms, and mange. They are also infested with fleas, ticks, lice, and mites which are known transmitters of disease. Children and pets are particularly at risk.