• Raccoon Removal from Attics, Crawlspaces and Commercial Buildings

    Raccoon Removal from Attics, Crawlspaces and Commercial Buildings

    Native to North America, the raccoon is a mammal known for its black facial mask, hand-like front paws, and ringed tail. Full-grown raccoons weigh between 10 to 20 pounds and are 35-70 cm long. Generally, raccoons make dens inside hollowed out logs and trees that are located close to a water source. Or, they wander away from their homes in nature and into residential or commercial centers in search of food. Here in Dallas, they’ll forsake their trees and make their dens from manmade structures like attics, chimneys and room under the porch.

    Naturally intelligent and mischievous creatures, raccoons have earned a reputation as the pesky critters who rifle through your trash at night. Because they’re nocturnal, you're likely to only find the aftermath of their trash scavenging in the morning. Raccoons are also commonly found in attics, crawlspaces and commercial buildings. If a raccoon infestation occurs in your attic, you will know it. For most homeowners the realization that wildlife is living in their attic comes from the loud noises emitted from the animal(s), including scratching, scurrying or chewing on beams and drywall. In the case of a raccoon infestation in your attic, it will more than likely sound like a human is walking across your ceiling. It can be quite a frightening experience for most people, and that is when they realize it is time to call the raccoon control professionals at Omega Animal Removal in Dallas.

    If you are already dealing with a raccoon infestation in your attic, then it is 100% imperative to remove them immediately. Raccoons tend to cause more monetary damage to attics and homes than any other type of nuisance wildlife. Raccoons are destructive and often completely tear apart your attic's air ductwork, wires, insulation and leave behind toxic latrines filled with urine and feces. If a raccoon infestation in an attic is left untreated for too long, then the amount of urine and feces will often times begin to leak onto the drywall and stains can become visible from the inside of your home. Raccoon excrement is recognized by the CDC as toxic to humans and has even lead to pulmonary failure in rare cases.

    If you believe you may be dealing with a raccoon infestation in your attic, then immediately call Omega Animal Removal to have one of our Raccoon Removal Specialists assess the damage to your attic and ensure the health of your family and home.

    Raccoons are intelligent, curious and cautious creatures by nature. However, they can be extremely detrimental to your home if they find there way into your attic.
    Raccoons can be dangerous and should never be handled by someone without proper training and understanding of raccoon behavior. Always call one of our Raccoon Control Specialists if you find yourself dealing with a raccoon infestation.
  • Signs of a Raccoon Infestation In Your Attic, Crawlspace, Home or Commercial Building

    Signs of a Raccoon Infestation In Your Attic, Crawlspace, Home or Commercial Building

    The most common and noticeable signs of raccoon infestations in your attic or crawlspace include:

    • Noises: Listen for growling or whining noises, as well as scurrying or chewing sounds. Raccoons are nocturnal, so you’re most likely to hear them at night.
    • Evidence of Nesting: Constructing a nest, especially one made of your insulation, can also be a noisy process. Nesting can cause severe damage to beams, vent ducts, insulation and more in your attic.
    • Entry Sites: Structural damage, likes holes around the perimeter of your home and roof, are evidence that raccoons are coming and going from your attic.
    • Feces & Urine: Raccoon excrement, which can be harmful to your health, can give off quite an odor and can even leave stains on your ceiling.
    • Debris: Food remnants, trash and other debris indicate that raccoons are nesting in your attic, even if they are not there at the moment.
    • Odor: A foul odor may be a sign a raccoon has died in your attic or crawlspace. Make sure you call our Raccoon Specialist in this event, as removing a dead raccoon yourself may endanger your health.
    Raccoons are intelligent and sneaky animals. Omega Animal Removal knows raccoon behaviors and biology and our Raccoon Removal Specialists guarantee to keep raccoons scouting your house on the outside looking in.
  • Omega Animal Removal's Raccoon Control and Raccoon Removal Process

    Omega Animal Removal's Raccoon Control and Raccoon Removal Process

    Step 1 - Inspection

    When one of Omega Animal Removal's Raccoon Control Specialists arrives at your home or office, he or she will first conduct a thorough inspection of your property to determine how raccoons are getting inside your attic or crawlspace. After gathering some information from you about the raccoon issues you have been having, our Raccoon Control Specialist will then examine each and every area around the base of your home and the along every part of the roofline of your home to identify all possible entry points for the raccoons. They will then report back to you and share their findings to discuss and diagnose the best way to solve your raccoon infestation.

    Step 2 - Raccoon Removal

    Following the inspection and agreement, Omega's Raccoon Control Specialist will then set out to remove all of the raccoons from your attic and/or your property using advanced, humane trapping techniques. They may also set up one-way excluder valves on the raccoon's main entry point, allowing the raccoons to exit freely on their own, but preventing them from reentering. It’s important that you get in touch with one of our Raccoon Control Specialists to get expert raccoon removal assistance and ensure that neither you, nor the raccoons are harmed during the removal process.

    Step 3: Full Home Exclusion

    Just as important as trapping and removing the raccoons from your attic or crawlspace, is ensuring that they won’t ever find a new way to enter your home. Omega Animal Removal's Raccoon Control Specialist will identify any and all entry points and seal them off. Here at Omega Animal Removal, we insist on delivering lasting long-term raccoon control solutions. That’s why we use high quality metal products that raccoons can’t chew or scratch through, as well as a weatherproof sealant. You will never catch our Raccoon Control Specialists plugging holes with copper mesh, or spraying ugly foam around your home to plug holes. We are experts when it comes to full home exclusion and only provide the most professional, durable and aesthetically pleasing exclusion work in our industry. It is what sets Omega Animal Removal apart from the rest of the pack and allows us offer a Lifetime Guarantee on all of our services.

    Step 4: Decontamination

    The last step in Omega Animal Removal's raccoon removal process is to repair any and all damages the raccoons have caused to your attic and also provide a complete attic decontamination service to remove contaminants harmful to the health of you, your family and your pets. When it comes to attic decontamination and repair following a raccoon infestation, Omega Animal Removal strongly recommends the removal of all insulation. The Center for Disease Control recognizes raccoon urine and feces as one of the most hazardous side effects of any wildlife infestation. Once Omega's Attic Decontamination Specialist has removed all of the previous insulation from your attic, as well as any feces, urine, nesting sites and debris, they will use our 3-phase attic fogging treatment to completely eliminate all bacteria, odors and harmful spores that can be released during the breakdown of the excrement. Once your attic is completely sanitized and cleansed, then we will blown in all brand new Knauf Jet Stream Insulation to an R-38 Value to ensure that you have the highest quality attic insulation on the market helping you keep your energy costs lower than ever before.

    Omega's Dallas Field Manager inspecting an attic for evidence of raccoons or rats in the attic.
    Omega's Raccoon Removal Specialist's only use live, humane raccoon trapping techniques to remove raccoons from your attic.
    Raccoons can cause significant damage to your home. Omega specializes in repairing raccoon damage and closing all possible entry points on your home.
    Raccoon feces is recognized by the CDC as a health hazard to humans. If you have suffered from a raccoon infestation in your attic, always have your attic professionally decontaminated by Omega Animal Removal.
  • Raccoon Control and Raccoon Infestation Prevention

    Raccoon Control and Raccoon Infestation Prevention

    Contact Omega Animal Removal to perform a full home exclusion to ensure that raccoons will never find a way to into your home's attic or crawlspace. If your home has not been sealed by one of our Raccoon Control Specialists, they will find their way in. Raccoons have "hands" that are powerful and allow them to grab and rip at nearly any type of material they please. Their strength, coupled with their chewing abilities allows them to easily gain access into your attic without hesitation.

    Raccoon repellents can easily be found and are basic compounds that are marketed as raccoon repellents. Always exercise caution when deciding whether or not to use these in and around your property. For one, it’s important that you make sure you’re not using chemicals that may harm you, your loved ones or your pets. In addition, these repellents are rarely effective for more than a week or two, and likely won’t make the raccoons stay off of your property or drive them out of your attic. Even in the event that these repellents do work, they won't be a long-lasting raccoon control solution in the same sort of way that home exclusion is. The repellents also won’t tackle problems like attic decontamination and damage repair. Feel free to contact one of Omega Animal Removal's Raccoon Control Specialists to discuss any questions you may have about raccoon repellents, full home exclusion or attic decontamination services.

    A few steps that you can take to try and help keep raccoons away from your property include:

    • Ensure that all trashcans are tightly closed with clamped lids.
    • Never leave food outside when you are not around your home.
    • Never leave your pet's food outside overnight.
    • Keep a keen eye for raccoon droppings on patios, porches and roofs
    Raccoons are well adapted to urban living and love to eat your pet's food.
    Raccoons are very opportunistic and will even find their way into your trashcans or other easily accessible areas where they can find an easy meal.
  • The Dangers of Raccoon Feces, Raccoon Urine and The Diseases Raccoon Excrement Can Carry

    The Dangers of Raccoon Feces, Raccoon Urine and The Diseases Raccoon Excrement Can Carry

    The Identification, Dangers and Diseases Associated with of Raccoon Feces

    Similar in appearance to some dog feces, raccoon feces is cylinder-shaped and normally between 2 and 3 inches in length and ½ an inch in diameter. You can identify raccoon feces by the undigested materials like corn kernels or seeds that are typically present in the feces. Raccoons tend to defecate in the same area repeatedly, creating stacks of excrement we call raccoon latrines. When you have a raccoon infestation in your attic, you will find raccoon latrines "caked" into your insulation. If you are dealing with a raccoon infestation in your home's crawlspace, you may find raccoon latrines under your deck, porch or in your crawlspace.

    Raccoons can transmit a variety of diseases to humans. While rabies is the most common disease transmitted by raccoons, you can protect yourself by simply staying away from obviously affected raccoons and avoid being bitten or scratched. Histoplasmosis is a disease that is transmitted through raccoon feces. These diseases are very dangerous, since they can be contracted indirectly and are typically airborne.

    Make sure you contact Omega Animal Removal to have one of our Raccoon Control Specialists out to your home to ensure proper decontamination of your attic and other areas affected by raccoon feces and urine. This is the only way to fully protect your health and that of your family. Attempting the removal or decontamination of raccoon excrement is extremely dangerous and should never be done without proper protective gear.

    This graphic from the CDC shows the lifecycle of, Baylisascaris, the dangerous roundworm found in raccoon feces.
A raccoon infestation in your attic can lead to tens of thousands of dollars in damage to your home. Let Omega protect your home and your family from the dangers of raccoons.