If you are having problems with raccoons in Jacksonville FL or Duval County, you've come to the right place. First Coast Wildlife Services is the local wildlife removal service that provides humane and fast raccoon removal and raccoon damage restoration services throughout Jacksonville. Our highly trained wildlife experts have the experience, tools, and knowledge needed to quickly remove any nuisance raccoons. Raccoons are often problematic because they are able to live among people. Garbage cans with food inside, pet food left outside, bird feeders, and easy access to attics are all attractants to raccoons. Raccoon trapping should be left to professional wildlife control specialists to prevent any injuries. Raccoon trapping is a service that must be performed the correct way. Raccoons can't just be relocated down the road, there are laws that prevent people from doing that and it will not solve your problem. Raccoons are smart and have a very strong homing instinct. Raccoons can be relocated, but in order for it to be effective, it must be done at least 20 miles away. The Florida Law states that native raccoons can be relocated as long as it's on a property with at least 60 continuous acres and in the same county the animal was captured.
It is important to have your home or business protected from raccoons by sealing off all potential entry points raccoons and other animals can get into. We use high grade animal proof construction materials to ensure animals as strong as raccoons can't get in. Animal exclusion is one of the most important aspects of raccoon and other wildlife control. It is very important to perform a raccoon exclusion if you want to ensure that the animals will not be able to enter into the area again.
Raccoons are very damaging animals. In fact, raccoons are probably one of the most damaging among any other species that finds their way into your attic. Raccoons in Jacksonville are a common pest in your attic during the birthing season (spring and summer). In some cases, homeowners insurance will cover the costs of raccoon damage in the attic. When raccoons have their babies in your Jacksonville attic, they are defecating, urinating, spreading parasites, and spreading dangerous diseases throughout your attic. This is why it is important that a raccoon bio-hazard professional restore your attic to its original state. We remove the insulation and the feces, fog the attic to rid it of bacteria, parasites, and animal odors, and replace it with new insulation. Our professionals are dedicated to making your attic like new again.
For wildlife technician Ed, it started out as a normal day. New appointments began to come in and animals to be picked up. Raccoon season was in full swing and the owner of First Coast Wildlife Services Just reported that morning that raccoons would be starting to have their babies any day now. "Raccoons in Jacksonville are a normal problem animal, it's probably one of the most damaging wildlife pests we deal with" Says Ed. Ed has been a raccoon trapper for First Coast Wildlife Services now for over a year. Before he was a professional wildlife technician, he spent lots of time around raccoons in the woods where he grew up. One thing that Ed mentions is how curious raccoons can be. Raccoons are very interesting animals. One of the ways we often catch raccoons in Jacksonville is taking advantage of raccoon's strong curiosity. Ed ended up getting a call in the riverside area of Jacksonville, one of the First Coast's most common areas with lots of raccoon populations. The St. John's River's large White Oak Trees are a great place to live until they find a warm attic to live in. Ed arrived and could immediately notice the entry points the raccoons created on the roof. the large tree next to the roof allowed easy access. there were not any noticeable easy entry points. Often times raccoons will break through a roof because the roof is rotten from moisture. In nature, raccoons will bust and chew into hollow trees, so to them, a rotten roof is no different. Once Ed was able to get into the attic he immediately could smell the strong raccoon odor he's all too familiar with. Raccoons have a strong odor you'll never forget. The reason the odor is so strong in the attic is because they will urinate and defecate in the same spot every time. One quick shine with the flashlight and Ed could see bright eyes staring back. There she was, and she was not a calm raccoon. This mama raccoon was in full defense mode and was not going to let Ed get any closer. Ed has seen raccoon activity many times and knows the dangers aren't worth the rewards, so he back tracked to see if he could get close to the raccoon from the outside near the entry point. Ed carefully snuck to the entry point where the raccoon tore the roof on and placed a warm, sweet honey bun just above it and threw a small piece in the attic below. Maybe this small enticement would be just what he needs to close the distance with the raccoon. After waiting for what seemed like forever, the raccoon appeared. She fell for it. as she pops her head up, Ed readies his catch pole for the capture. right before she's about to grab the bait Ed snatches the raccoon with the catch pole. The raccoon goes wild! This was not a normal raccoon, she was at least 40 lbs! The large raccoon wiggles, growls, and tries to bite the snare off of her, but the cable is way too strong. Ed transfers the big raccoon into a trap and goes back up into the attic to check for babies. Raccoon babies will typically make chatter noises when they get hungry. Ed searches the attic and doesn't hear or see a thing and climbs down. While talking with the customer they hear some scratching below the area the raccoons tore off the roof. Ed climbs back into the attic to investigate. Low and behold baby raccoons were hiding under the insulation the whole time. With a pillow case in hand, Ed bags 4 juvenile baby raccoons. The day is saved and now he has a heck of a story to tell. For raccoon removal in Jacksonville, look no further than the wildlife experts at First Coast Wildlife Services.