Macomb County Raccoon Removal

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4 Dangers of Raccoons

Macomb County Raccoon RemovalAsk anyone to name a raccoon, and you’ll get a variety of cartoon characters, from Disney movies and televisions shows. Or, you might get some choice nicknames for the thief upending their garbage cans in search of a meal. But raccoons are more than just entertainment or irritant. They can carry dangerous diseases and any appearance by a raccoon should be handled with caution. Here are 4 dangers a raccoon infestation can pose.

Raccoons are a danger to your pets.

Raccoons are among the most common carriers of the rabies virus in the United States, but this is not the only disease they carry. Rabies can transmit roundworm, mange, leptospirosis, and distemper to your family pets.

Roundworm is an intestinal parasite, and infected raccoons have been found across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states. The parasite can cause significant liver damage, loss of coordination, lethargy and stupor.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that impacts younger animals more often than older ones. You may notice that your cat or dog has abdominal issues, weakness, and stiffness, but pets are sometimes asymptomatic. Pets can be infected by coming into contact with a raccoon latrine, as the bacteria lives in the raccoon’s feces.

Raccoons can transmit disease to your family.

These same diseases can negatively impact your family’s health. Small children, in particular, are likely to inadvertently contact feces from an infected raccoon. Raccoons’ proximity to human dwellings increases the risk of human infection.

Leptospirosis can cause a wide variety of symptoms in humans – headache, muscle aches, abdominal issues, rashes, or jaundice. In its more advanced stages, the disease can cause kidney and liver failure.

Raccoons can damage property

Raccoons have long had a reputation for being less-than-picky about the food they eat. They are expert foragers, and while this is a critical skill in the wild, where they can clean up food other animals leave behind, foraging in areas populated by humans can lead to property damage. In an urban environment, raccoons may also make dens in chimneys and attics, creating holes in drywall, damaging electrical wiring, and contaminating your home with feces.

Raccoons are wild animals

It is rare for a raccoon to bite or behave aggressively toward a human, but like all wild animals, they are known to be defensive when threatened, particularly if their young are threatened. Never let young children ‘adopt’ a wild raccoon, as they may be bitten or scratched trying to interact with the animal. source:

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Mice Removal Romeo, Michigan

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5 Ways to Tell if you have a Mouse Problem

mrsvc-1) Food Debris: Mice chew their way into their food. Homeowners will often find holes in the bottom of dog food, bird seed, and pantry containers. At times, the chew pattern shows obvious teeth marks. Surrounding the container, crumbs, empty seed hulls, and other debris is often found. In the case of food sources like bird seed, this food is sometime found near nesting sites rather than at the spot it is extracted from.

2) Traffic Patterns: Mice have very specific traffic patterns. At most times they will try to hug a wall for more protection. In unfinished basements, you can sometimes spot dirt on the walls just under each joist in the ceiling where the mice actually swing themselves from one space to another.

3) Nesting or Entrance Debris: Mice love finding a cozy spot to sleep and give birth to their young. If you find areas with insulation or other debris kicked out conspicuously, take a close look. It could be a sign mouse activity is nearby. Wild mouse, in front of white background, studio shot

4) Sounds: One of the first signs of when most people notice they have a rodent problem, is a scratching sound or a pitter-patter in the walls or ceilings at night. Pay attention to where specifically the sound is heard and keep focusing on that area each day.

5) Fecal Matter & Urine: Make no excuse, mice are filthy, disgusting creatures. They have absolutely no control of their bowel movements or urination. They will do their business while they are doing all activities. It is very common to find abundant mouse droppings near food sources and nesting spots. These small pellets are oblong and pointed at one end and often are less than 1/32″ in diameter. The only way to spot urine is to use a black light, and homeowners would be horrified if they knew where and just how much mouse urine there are over food preparation areas and kitchen utensils. source:

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Bat Removal Service in Rochester, MI

If you are in need of professional bat removal in Rochester, MI, please call CMC Animal Control at (248) 904-5162 today!

brcmcBefore attempting any kind of exclusion is essential to verify that a nuisance is caused by bats in particular. Twittering and rustling sounds in old chimneys, often attributed to bats, may be caused by chimney swifts. If the “bats” swarm and ENTER the chimney at dusk, most likely these are swifts and can be evicted with a chimney cap in the winter. Scrambling, scratching, and thumping sounds coming from attics and walls may be caused by rats, mice, or flying squirrels. Bats often become noisy before leaving their roosts at sunset and may chatter on hot days when they move down attic walls to seek refuge from heat. Thus, an increase in chirping noises about dusk probably indicates bats. Any grouping of bats this noisy should easily be seen exiting the structure 15 minutes after local sunset in midsummer.

Droppings from insectivorous bats are easily distinguished from those of small rodents because of their friability. They are easily crushed with a pencil eraser which reveal shiny bits of undigested insect chitin (the exoskeleton of the insect). In contrast, rodent droppings are unsegmented, harder, and more fibrous. They do not contain shiny fragments.

Occasionally the droppings of birds that feed on insects may be found along with bat droppings. Bat droppings never contain the white chalky (uric acid) material characteristic of the feces of these other animals.

The Openings:
Usually there are only a few openings to a house bat roost, and bat proofing is relatively simple because visible bat accesses can be easily located and blocked. However, some very old homes having large attics with dormers may have many small, obscure holes will be more difficult to bat proof. On any structure, generally assume that the soffit and fascia will need sealed on all sides. On some tin and slate roofs, all edges may need sealed (along the gutters especially). Finally, any place there is a change in roof pitch could be a bat entrance as well. source:

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Raccoon Removal Macomb County, MI – CMC Animal Control

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When Should I Hire a Professional for Raccoon Removal?

slide1We first encourage you to carefully examine the advice on the how to do it yourself page for your specific wildlife species. If you find that you can use this advice to solve the problem yourself, great! If not, or if you’ve tried it on your own already and failed, then it’s time to seek outside help. There’s a reason there’s a professional nuisance wildlife control industry. These companies (often one-man owner/operator enterprises) often have the benefit of experience, and the proper tools. Here are some examples of cases in which a professional might be better equipped than a homeowner:

– Raccoons in the attic that did not respond to intimidation techniques
– Any situation in which there is danger from a raccoon that needs handling
– Physical snaring of a sick or injured raccoon
– A raccoon stuck down a wall inside a home or building
– Raccoons that will not leave a chimney with scent techniques
– Any case that absolutely requires cage trapping and removal (see below)
– Any case in which a homeowner lacks confidence about safety or protection of property
– Dangerous repairs on difficult roofs, high chimneys, etc.
– Any professional grade repairs that you are unable to perform yourself
– Full attic cleanup with proper protective gear, atomizer and fogging cleanser

Cage Trapping and Removal – We at Humane Wildlife Removal Org discourage cage trapping, but in some cases it’s the only way to solve a certain problem. For example, a raccoon is consistently taking food from restaurant patrons or causing a public health threat. Or a raccoon is causing property damage that cannot be prevented. There are many possible reasons in which a property owner will decide that the only solution is to physically remove specific raccoons that have made undesirable behavior a habit. Homeowners should not attempt cage trapping and removal themselves. First of all, it is illegal in most states to trap and relocate a raccoon (check locations for laws in your city or state). Second, amateurs make many terrible mistakes. It may seem simple to get a large cage trap, bait it with food, and wait. But most first-timers make mistakes such as leaving the cage in the sun, causing heat stroke come daylight, or leaving the cage in an area where the raccoon will reach out and dig or damage nearby wires or property, or failure to stabilize the trap base, set correct pan tension, and on and on. Most do-it-yourself attempts fail, and are illegal, and usually cause more frustration for the homeowner and suffering for the raccoons than would happen with a professional. Also, amateurs often make the problem worse when their ineffective sets cause trap failures, and subsequent “cage-shy” raccoons, which can become a problem to deal with.

Is there a need for these companies? – Of course professionals exist in every field – electricians, plumbers, accountants, dentists, and so on. It’s the same with conflict wildlife. Companies that perform pest control services, and specialized nuisance wildlife control operators. One of our staff is a professional wildlife operator, who has special insight into the field, and some of the common problems in the field. But we also understand that in many cases, an attempt to do-it-yourself is absolutely not warranted and will result in suffering for the animals. A good professional with experience and the proper equipment will absolutely do better work for people and animals than a person who lacks education and experience in the wildlife control field. The important thing is that a professional cares for the welfare of the animals he works with. source:

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Bat Removal Leonard, MI – CMC Animal Control

CMC Animal Control specializes in bat removal in Leonard, MI and surrounding areas. Call us at (248) 904-5162 for immediate assistance.

Bat Removal Facts

Bats usually can’t be relocated.

Once these creatures take a liking to your home, it can be incredibly difficult to keep them away. Blocking easy entrances preventing easy access in the first place is much more effective than trying to relocate rats after they taken up residence in your home!

Bats can be dangerous to humans and pets.

Though they’re often gentle, bats can bite and even attack when they’re afraid. Worse, a small percentage of bats are rabies carriers, meaning they can pass the disease along without displaying any symptoms. In addition, they can pass along other illnesses in their fecal matter. It’s important to hire a professional for bat removal and cleanup to ensure you minimize the risks associated with these services.

If you do opt for DIY bat removal, make sure to wear thick gloves and use a box or thick towel to remove the animal from your home. Once outdoors – preferably at night – you can place it on a tree or bush, and then go about the task of sealing up your house. source:

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Bats in Your Home? Call CMC Animal Control

If you have bats in your home and are in need of professional bat removal in Macomb County, MI, please contact CMC Animal Control at (248) 904-5162.

Are Bats Living In My House?

brmcThere are a few clues to look for in determining if bats are living in your house.

1. If you have had two or more encounters with bats flying around your house within one calendar year, then you probably have bat droppings in middle of attic bats.

2. If you find piles of mouse like fecal material in your attic or on the ground outside your house, then you probably have bats. (Bats defecate before they enter your home and below where they roost for the day see photo)bat droppings bat guano Make sure that the fecal material is not old by laying down a piece of newspaper and see if any more droppings fall on the paper. If there is, you have bats. (Just a word of caution about droppings. They can carry a fungus known to cause Histoplasmosis. Don’t breathe the feces and avoid contact with them. Ideally, you should wear a HEPA filter mask and spray the fecal material down with 10% bleach solution).

You can distinguish between bat droppings and mouse droppings in two ways. First, bat droppings tend to be clustered as they will pile up below where the bat is roosting. Second, bat droppings will have a shiny speckled appearance (from all the insect wings) and will crumble like dust when touched. Mouse droppings on the other hand, tend to be scattered about and become hard when dry.

3. You see bats flying around your dark house constantly and even see them disappear. Performing a bat watch at dusk is an ideal way of determining if you have bats. While it is not one hundred percent accurate, it is still worth doing. Perform a bat watch by having people stand by your house at dusk till dark. They should be positioned to see as much of the house as possible. The first person to see a bat should shout out. If you have trouble identifying the specific hole, concentrate on the side of the house where the first person saw the bat. Only perform bat watches on non-rainy nights.

4. If you have a bat flying in your home during the winter time, then you can be certain bats are living in your home as they have decided to hibernate there. Warning: Be sure to follow the rabies protocols in your state. source:

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Squirrel Removal Service Macomb County, MI

squirrel removal macomb county miCMC Animal Control specializes in professional squirrel removal services in Macomb County, MI. Please call (248) 904-5162 for immediate assistance.

Signs of a squirrel infestation

Visual signs you may have a squirrel infestation, include:

  • Seeing nests in trees or hollow openings in tree trunks.
  • Squirrels running along utility lines, on the roof or entering into the attic or chimney space.
  • Small divots in the yard, chewed bark on young trees or eaten garden plants.
  • Seeing squirrels regularly fighting, an indication the squirrel population is too large to support the individual squirrel’s needs for survival.
  • Seeing squirrel droppings. Get the opinion of your pest management professional since some other animals have droppings that look similar. Do not attempt to remove droppings yourself, but get an expert to do this job.

Other signs you may have a squirrel infestation, include:

  • Hearing noises that come from squirrels running, scratching or fighting with each other. Generally, noises will come from squirrels in the attic, walls, chimney or vents. Noise at night probably means a flying squirrel, while daytime noises could indicate a gray or fox squirrel.
  • Holes in a home’s siding or under the soffits; chewed wires; attic insulation damage; and evidence of squirrel nests in the attic. Damage to bird feeders as squirrels try to get the bird food. source:

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Professional Bat Removal in Macomb County

bia2CMC Animal Control prides itself in providing the top level of service and fast results for bat removal in Macomb County, MI. If you are in need of bat removal please call (248) 904-5162 for immediate assistance.

There are several ways to get rid of bats in an attic. If there are just a few bats, and it appears that there is no colony present or if there is a solitary bat in the attic, they can be physically removed by a trained professional who has proper protective equipment.

There are several different approaches to remedying a bat infestation in an attic. However, it is important to note that many states have laws or regulations that address bat control and which provide specific requirements and protections for these animals. It is important to avoid using any home remedies to control bats, including those which involve mixing chemicals.

If you encounter such a problem, it is highly recommended that you contact a bat control professional in Macomb County, MI who is trained in bat removal.

If there is a bat colony in the attic, it is best to exclude the bats from returning. Some social bats develop maternity colonies, or colonies of females gathered to have their young. The young are dependent on their mothers for some time. No colony should be excluded from return until the young are capable of flying. Prior to this, the adults return each morning and feed the young. Restricting access of the females to the young will prevent feeding of the young and they will die. Check the local bat species to determine when it is safe to exclude the colony. Usually state universities will have sections of their websites dedicated to locally found bats and when the young are reared.

When exclusion work is to be done, observing the structure at dusk will give an indication as to the entry and exit points. After the bats have left, the holes can be sealed. Check inside during the day and look for daylight after sealing. Also check for air currents which may disclose other access points.

One-way tubes, cones or other devices can be installed when the entry point is found. These devices can be placed over the entry and when the bats emerge, they cannot return back to the colony. These are very effective. Some people prefer to place bat houses nearby but the likelihood of the displaced bats roosting there is limited.

After the bats are removed, it is best to clean up any guano or urine to prevent spread of disease. Always use personal protection when cleaning up guano or urine. source:

CMC Animal Control specializes in bat removal services Macomb County, MI. If you would like professional bat removal in Macomb County please call (248) 904-5162 for prompt assistance.