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Raccoon Removal & Control in Illinois

Are there raccoons in your Northern Illinois home? Scurrying or scratching noises in your garage, attic, or crawlspace might mean you have unwanted visitors. If so, we can help. ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention has the experience, resources, and methods to remove raccoons from your home effectively. Based in the suburbs of Chicago, IL, we help residential and commercial clients across the region with the raccoon removal and raccoon control issues. Give us a call today at 1-847-870-7175.

Raccoon Identification

ABC-Humane-Wildlife-RaccoonWith fluffy, ringed tails and mask-like black fur around the eyes, raccoons are one of the easiest animals to identify. Not counting their tails, raccoons typically range in size from 16 to 28 inches in length and weigh between 8 and 20 pounds. However, occasionally raccoons can grow much larger. The largest wild raccoon ever captured weighed over 60 pounds and measured 55 inches long!

Raccoons are nocturnal animals and rarely venture out during the day.  Unless threatened, they are normally very quiet and stealthy. When scared, raccoons may growl, grunt, squeal, or hiss. Often times, newborn raccoons sound like birds, which can be misleading. Sometimes homeowners will report birds in their attics, walls, or chimneys only to find a raccoon den.

Illinois Raccoon Habitat

Raccoons are common throughout the United States, including Northern Illinois. For 40 years, ABC Wildlife has helped homeowners across Chicago and the greater Chicagoland suburbs deal with raccoon problems.

Raccoon Damage

Because raccoons prefer vertical escape routes when threatened, they do not frequent open areas. In the wild, they shelter in dens, trees, or logs during the day, while in urban areas, raccoon problems often occur in attics, chimneys, and abandoned buildings. It is common for raccoons to forage for food in neighborhood garbage cans and cause damage to residential vegetable and flower gardens. They also dig for worms and grubs to eat, which causes extensive damage to lawns.

Raccoons usually gain access to homes through the attic.  In the winter and spring, they seek shelter from the cold to nest and to raise their young. Raccoons are very strong animals and can damage roof shingles, fascia board, soffits, and vents of structures they enter. Common raccoon damage within attics includes contamination of insulation from feces and urine, harm to ductwork or wiring, staining of drywall from urine, and water damage at the point of entry.

Raccoon Health Concerns

Raccoons are carriers of both parasites and diseases that are harmful to humans. These include rabies, roundworm, leptospirosis, and parvovirus. When threatened, wild raccoons can be surprisingly aggressive and dangerous. A mother raccoon is highly protective of her young and will defend her litter.  If you think you have raccoons in the attic of your Illinois home, do not enter the attic, and do not seal up the area they are using to enter your home.  Sealing up the raccoon’s entry points can result in additional damage to your home and will cause more stress for your family.

Contact a Raccoon Removal Expert in IL

You should contact an Illinois raccoon removal and remediation service expert as soon as you identify any potential raccoon problem. Call 1-847-870-7175 to talk with our friendly and helpful staff today. ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention has over 40 years of experience in raccoon prevention and repair throughout Northern Illinois.

We have both the knowledge and tools to get rid of your raccoon problem regardless of how simple or complex. Every one of our courteous, professional staff members is trained in raccoon removal, trapping, and control techniques as well as how to identify raccoons and prevent future raccoon damage to your home.

Our Illinois Raccoon Control Service Area

ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention is an animal control and prevention provider based in Arlington Heights, IL. For over 40 years, we have served individual home owners, commercial business owners, property managers, and municipal customers dealing with raccoon problems. Below are some of the areas where we have helped customers deal with raccoon invasions in both homes and businesses. This list is not exhaustive. If you are located in Northern Illinois, please contact us today at 847-870-7175, and our expert animal control specialists will be happy to help.

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What They Say About ABC Humane Wildlife

I arranged for them to install wire screening on 2 sides of a concrete stoop to prevent animals from digging under my porch. (I have used this company in the past to remove animals from other parts of my property. They suggested this proactive work.) They called to remind me several days before their appointment. They came as promised. They did a great job of preserving landscaping gravel on the side before they dug. After digging down approximately 18 inches, they installed wire mesh screening down the 2 sides of the stoop. They then covered the area with the dirt and final layer of landscaping stones. You couldn’t even tell the area had been excavated when they were done!
Debra Walker – Downers Grove, IL
We had bees crawling under exterior siding through a gap between siding and brick wall and wanted them eliminated. Phil the technician from ABC arrived at the scheduled time. He observed the bees and identified them as yellow jackets. Phil said he could eradicate them with a powder treatment and the bee activity would die down in a couple of days and we would be finished with the problem. Phil said if we still noticed bee activity after 7 days to call ABC and they would come back to re-treat the nest at no charge. It is just 3 days since Phil treated the nest and we have observed zero bee activity. We are very happy with the service and the remedy to our problem.
Elizabeth Monahan – Chicago, IL
One by one, they removed a family of nine flying squirrels from our attic. The attic was completely cleaned and sanitized, and new insulation as blown in. All went well. It was easy to make appointments with ABC Humane Wildlife Control, and they were all very profession and prompt with their service. We dealt with many on their staff while trying to catch all the squirrels, and each of the representatives were friendly and helpful. We had some issues with the condition of some of the traps, but that was eventually resolved. They are a very helpful organization and the staff is very knowledgeable.
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