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Getting Raccoons Out of the House?

We just bought a house that has been empty for a long time and found that there's a family of raccoons living inside of it. How do I get rid of the raccoons? I'm very concerned because I have two dogs that I'm afraid could be harmed.

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December 13, 20190 found this helpful
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You should call animal control in your area and get a cage to trap them in. Normally they will give you a cage to trap them in and then come and pick them up to release them out in the wild. I would check with the animal shelters in your area about how this works. I know that they brought a cage to my daughter's house so she could trap a raccoon that was living under her home.

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Where I am, most racoons are rabid. You need to bring in professionals. Sadly, most likely they will euthanize them. Maybe try to find an agency that really will relocate them, especially if they are healthy.

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You can start with a wildlife refuge. Prayers that there is a non lethal solution in your town. Post back with updates.

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December 13, 20190 found this helpful

You have to trap them,they are ruthless! They protect their own,and carry diseases.A professional can come to trap them and take them away for you. Be careful!!

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December 13, 20190 found this helpful

You need a professional. Raccoons can carry rabies.

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December 14, 20190 found this helpful

This is not a job that you can handle. They can have rabies. They are difficult to trap in live traps. Their excrement can rot wood, and they damage the structure of buildings.

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I hope this abandoned building does not turn out to be a bottomless money pit for you.

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December 17, 20190 found this helpful

How did they get inside? Patch it up so no more gets inside. You will need to contact wildlife removal company and also have your home structure checked out, though this should have been done during home inspection?

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