The winter weather has brought some record-breaking temperatures across the country, and while you’re busy keeping the cold air out of your home, wildlife, such as raccoons, are trying to get in where it’s warm. This includes your basement.
Raccoons are quite smart when it comes to seeking shelter to make a den and will not stop at any opportunity to protect themselves from the frigid temperatures. While raccoons will often seek solace in a fallen tree trunk or abandoned burrows, they can and do find space in residential attics, crawl spaces, and basements.
How do you know if you’ve gotten an unwelcome guest in your basement and exactly what can you do about it?
Here are three definitive signs you’ve got a raccoon in your basement.
1. Things that go bump in the night.
If you hear shuffling, scurrying, or other sounds in your basement, particularly during the nighttime hours, you probably have a raccoon taking up residence in your basement.
2. There are raccoon droppings in your basement.
Pest feces is a clear sign that a creature has taken up residence and is making itself at home.
3. You’ve found ripped insulation, damaged ducts, and chewed wires.
Raccoons are notorious for ripping ducts, tearing up insulation, and chewing wires. Not only are they trying to seek warmth from the cold, they are intent on creating a den for themselves and their family. If you witness one or all of these signs, you probably have a raccoon living in your basement.
How You Can Get Rid Of Raccoons
Removing a raccoon from your residence is a not a DIY job. A wildlife control professional can help you get rid of the raccoon and give you peace of mind. Of course, a wildlife control professional goes far beyond trapping and removing the raccoon; from licensing to legal compliance, to understanding the types of traps, sizes, and baits to safely and securely remove the animal from your home, all of which are done for the animal’s safety and comfort, and of course your safety, too.
Anderson Wildlife provides animal removal and damage repair services for both residential and commercial properties in New Haven County, Connecticut. Contact us today!