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Raccoons: Warning Signs and Activity

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Raccoons are as destructive as they are cute. They will stop at nothing to make themselves at home in your attic.

The Warning Signs
Signs Inside your Home
Signs Outside your Home
Keep your Home free from Raccoons
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Recognizing the Warning Signs of Raccoons

When it comes to Dallas-Fort Worth wildlife that leaves a wake of destruction, raccoons may be the top offenders. They can do untold damage inside and outside the home. Luckily for residents of Northeast Tarrant County, Fort Worth, Dallas, and beyond, the Critter Stop team is here to help. We offer a range of rodent and wildlife removal and sanitation services to free your home of pests like raccoons and ensure your family’s health and safety. On this page, we take a closer look at some of the tell-tale signs that you are dealing with a raccoon in your home. If you’re ready to learn more about how to rid your home of raccoons, rodents, and other wildlife, call our Southlake office to schedule your home inspection and complimentary price quote today.

What You'll See Inside the Home

Most homeowners struggle to determine whether they are dealing with a raccoon or an opossum in their house. While the droppings left behind will look very similar, that is generally where the similarities end. Some of the warning signs you’re dealing with a raccoon include:



To get into the home, they have to make pretty large entrances, so there will be a good deal of damage, usually around the eaves. Once inside, raccoons may continue to do extensive damage to wiring, insulation, and woodwork.



Unlike many types of rodents and wildlife that will leave droppings and urine trails sporadically around the home, raccoons typically use the same spot over and over again. If you notice one spot with a large concentration of urine and feces, you’re likely dealing with raccoons and not another pest.



You will hear the pitter-patter of not-so-little feet in your attic, walls, or even under the house. Raccoons can be very large, so you’ll likely hear them even before you see them.


Time of the Season

Because they’re nocturnal, you’re more likely to hear increased activity after dark. Additionally, raccoons are much more likely to come inside during mating and nesting season in the early spring.

What You'll See Outside the Home

Raccoons may find an easy point of access into your home through ventilation systems or chimneys. If this is the case, you may not see how they’re getting inside, but if they do have to make their own entrance, you’ll notice. In most cases, they make large holes in the eaves of the house. Additionally, you may notice your garbage is knocked over or torn into. If you have dogs or cats, they may start being more active at night time as they hear the sounds of the raccoon.

Our 4 Step Process

Critter Stop Inspection

Free Inspection

Critter Stop offers free in-home consultations to build custom solutions to your problems. We inspect your home thoroughly, inside and out, for signs of damage, animal entry, animal nesting, droppings, and more. Once we discuss the extent of the problem and what needs to be done to fix it, we’ll document a game plan together.

sealing home

Seal Your Home

Sealing your home immediately is our priority. The exclusion team will thoroughly patch up potential entry sites from the roof to the foundation and everywhere in between. Once we’re sure no other rodents are getting in, we’ll set our traps in those areas we suspect animal activity.

Raccoons inside your home

Remove The Critters

Our technicians will check in on your home several times throughout this process. If game cameras have been set up, we’ll review those with you to discuss the animal activity. Once the traps are cleared, we will reset them and re-evaluate all the sealed points of entry to ensure no critter has re-chewed a hole or found a new way into your property.

Restoring and Sanitizing rodent droppings

Restore & Sanitize

We don’t call it a job well done once the pest is gone. There’s more work to be done! We completely restore your affected area by pulling up and replacing damaged insulation. Additionally, we fog the affected area to disinfect and remove animal pheromones that can attract new pests in the future.

“I used Critter Stop due to rats and squirrels in my attic. They also chewed up siding on the house to get in. Critter Stop was able to remove the rodents and secure the entry points. Everyone I dealt with was very polite and professional. They were able to come out quickly, communicated well, and they always showed up on time. I would use them again.”

Jeff L. via Google

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Critter Stop's 4 Step Process to Keep Your Home Raccoon Free

While having a raccoon in your home can be unsettling, the Critter Stop team has you covered. Our four-step process makes sure entrances are sealed, raccoons are taken from your home, the entire house is sanitized, and that deterrents are put in place to prevent raccoons from coming back. When you’re ready to get started, reach out to the Critter Stop team to schedule an inspection and price quote from our Dallas-Fort Worth residential wildlife removal experts.

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