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Raccoon eyes staring back at a Brussell Exterminating Service Wildlife Control Specialist.  In the same photo, to the right of the “raccoon eyes,” is the opening that the raccoon made in the soffit to gain entry into the attic.  

 

Do you hear what I hear? 

Are you hearing loud “thumping-like” noises in your attic at night? Does it sound like something is having a party up there?  Most likely you’ve got a raccoon up there.  Raccoons are physically heavy with adults weighing, on average, 10 to 30 pounds and they are usually active at night.  So, you will definitely hear them, if they’ve gained entry into your attic.

Where do raccoons den?

In natural areas, raccoons typically den in hollow trees, ground burrows, brush piles, muskrat dens, haystacks, and rock crevices.  They may also den in barns and abandoned buildings. However, in urban and suburban settings, your attic, chimney, crawlspace, under deck or under porch becomes their temporary homes.  Raccoons do not hibernate; but, when ole’ man winter is severely in effect, they will hole up and become inactive for days, weeks or months- depending on the severity of the weather.  Just like you, they want to stay warm, too! “Burrrr.”

Raccoons are very strong.  They can lift a garage door!  Thus, opening up an area in a soffit or enlarging a slight opening in a fascia board or sub-fascia board to gain access into an attic, is common practice for raccoons.  The holes they make are larger than those made by smaller structure-infesting animals, and the holes are usually are discolored with black rub marks.  You may also see the raccoon’s tracks, which look like small “hands.”

Is there a raccoon and fleas connection?

Yes.  In addition to structural, lawn and garden damage and overturning trash cans in search of and to obtain food, raccoons may leave fleas in your attic, grass or anywhere the raccoon is travelling being that raccoons carry fleas as an ectoparasite (i.e. they are commonly a host for fleas).

What are raccoon latrines and why are they dangerous?

Raccoons defecate in communal sites called latrines. Raccoon feces are usually dark and tubular and have a pungent odor. Latrines may be found near fallen logs and woodpiles, around the base of trees, in garages, under decks, patios, and porches; and of course, in attics.

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Raccoons carry Baylisascaris, a roundworm that can be harmful to humans and other animals. The spread of Baylisascaris infection is a chain reaction and occurs as such: Roundworm develops to maturity in the intestines of the infected raccoon and produces millions of eggs that are passed in the feces (i.e. the latrines).  Young raccoons become infected by eating the infected eggs during foraging, feeding and grooming. Adult raccoons become infected by eating rodents, rabbits and birds that are infected with the Baylisascaris larvae.  People become infected by accidentally ingesting infective eggs in soil, water or on objects contaminated by raccoon feces. When humans ingest these infected eggs, they hatch into larvae in the person’s intestines and travel throughout their body, affecting organs and muscles.

Anyone who is exposed to environments where raccoons frequent is potentially at risk. Young children or developmentally disabled persons are at highest risk for infection because they may be more likely to put contaminated fingers, soil, or objects into their mouths.

What to do if you find a raccoon latrine or believe raccoons are in or near your property?

Take prompt action.  Eggs in newly deposited feces take two to four weeks to become infective.  Thus, prompt and proper removal of the latrine and cleaning of the area may prevent possible infection.  It is also imperative to remove raccoons to help prevent future risk of exposure and new sites of contamination; in addition to preventing further damage to your property, lawns and gardens.

 

Call Brussell Exterminating Service today at 301-434-5610 and speak with a Brussell Wildlife Control Specialist for a free consultation to identify if you have raccoon wildlife in or around your property and to discuss raccoon removal, latrine clean up, exclusion work, and other related services that Brussell provides.

 

Sources for this blog post: CDC.gov, MD PATM Wildlife Control, and Brussell Exterminating Service Wildlife Control Specialist

Happy New Year to All Brussell Friends and Family of Customers/Clients, Potential Customers/Clients and Fellow Bloggers,

2015 is here!   We are so excited because Brussell Exterminating Service will be rolling out New Pest Control Service Offerings, New Pest Prevention Service Offerings and New Pest Protection Offerings.  In addition, we are ramping up the Brussell Green Service Program and Brussell Advanced Green Program.   Look for great tips on how to protect your home and/or business from pests, here on our blog.  Also, feel free to contact a Brussell Customer Care Representative for more details about our services and to schedule a free consultation.  (877) 404 9407 or (301)434-5610.

Please use the 10% off coupon found on this blog page for one upcoming service.*  Refer a friend, who also receives a pest control service from us, and you will get 20% off one upcoming service and the friend will get 10% off one service.  This offer is good for a limited time only.** See coupon for full details.  Don’t delay, call today!

 

 

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Also coming in 2015: Brussell Exterminating Service’s New Pest Control Service and Pest Prevention Service Offerings and New Pest Protection Offerings and more Brussell Green and Advanced Green Programs.   Contact a Brussell Customer Care Representative for more details.  301-434-5610.

 

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Many of us will be traveling this holiday season. Unfortunately, bed bugs enjoy traveling, too; and if we are not careful, these annoying insects will hitch a ride back home with us. Your hotel may be grand, grandma’s house is likely neater than yours and your college kid’s dorm is…well, maybe not so neat. But the thing is, bed bugs can live anywhere and you don’t want to bring them home.

Bed Bugs are hitchhikers and it only takes one fertile female bed bug or a few tiny eggs to get onto or into a suitcase, get into a backpack or bags, or onto your clothing to be transported back to your home or property.

Here are some tips from the Brussell Exterminating Service bed bug eradication team (sourced from the National Pest Management Association) to help keep bed bugs from hitching a ride with you when staying away from home:

• Thoroughly inspect your entire room with a flashlight, if possible, before unpacking.
• Pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams and box springs, particularly at the corners for tell-tale stains, spots or shed bed bug skins and eggs.
• At your destination, wrap your suitcases in a large plastic bag.
• Stow your suitcases on a luggage rack or the middle of a tile floor – never on upholstered furniture.
• Wash all of your clothes in hot water – even those you didn’t wear – and dry on high heat upon returning home.
• If you can do so without damaging them, toss your dry-clean-only clothes in the dryer and run it on high heat for about 15 minutes.

If you do find bed bugs at home or have bites, which oftentimes look like raised red bumps or flat welts, and you experience uncomfortable, intense itching; call Brussell Exterminating Service right away to schedule an inspection and subsequently bed bug treatment.

If a rodent can get his head through an opening, he can squeeze the rest of his body through as well.

Betcha didn’t know that gestation (pregnancy) for a raccoon is only 2 months!!!
Just because you don’t see them, doesn’t mean they’re gone. Sometimes these pests are just underground, hiding out and multiplying!

HERE is a table of common nuisance animals and their reproduction information.

Please let your pest control specialists put an end to these common nuisances.

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When temperatures drop, you dream about the warm comforts your home…so do pests. During the colder months, rodents, wildlife and other pests seek warmth and shelter, too. Don’t allow them be “at home” in your home. Call Brussell Exterminating Service and let us get rid of your uninvited guests!

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