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If you have found a raccoon around your home then you are quite aware that these are the kinds of animals that you surely want to be as far away from your property as possible. These are messy animals, who will not only destroy your property, but leave their waste around with little concern whatsoever. This can mean that the bacteria and other pathogens that can be found in a raccoon’s waste will be left in your home are on your property, endangering you, your family, or your pets.
In addition, raccoons carry a large number of diseases, including rabies, which can cause severe illness if not death. Those who are bit by a raccoon and contract the rabies virus must be treated immediately or they risk the likelihood of dying. Sadly, death from rabies is a very grueling death that involves a great deal of suffering. You surely don’t want you and your family at risk because of these critters.
The problem is that getting rid of a raccoon is not the easiest thing on earth. They are the kind of animal that likes to make itself at home once it has discovered its new residence, and so your attic, shed, or other location in your home becomes the ideal spot for it to create its own home. So, what do you do to get rid of it?
You can try to do this on your own, but the risks involved are too great for many. They simply don’t want to risk coming in contact with the raccoon or even being bitten, so they would prefer to hire a company to do the job for them.
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There are some organizations out there that you can hire to do the job, but they can be quite costly. You may not be able to afford this cost so you want to learn how to get free raccoon removal? That is a real tough one.
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Unless your raccoon is sick you are not going to be able to get assistance from animal control. Raccoons are quite common in most areas of the country, so your local agency will not come out to pick up this critter because there were thousands more like it there. However, if there seems to be a serious illness with the raccoon then they are likely to assist simply because the risk to the health of the public is great.
You could also try contacting your local college or university. In their biology department they may deal with live specimens, and may find that having a raccoon for their lab would be the ideal specimen to assist in their instruction. In this case, they may be quite willing to send out a few students with the professor to capture the raccoon and bring it back to their lab. This gives them the free specimen and gets rid of your raccoon problem. Don’t count on this though. If you want to get free removal, the only option may be to do it yourself. For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
How much does raccoon removal cost? - get the lowdown on prices.
How to get rid of raccoons - my main raccoon removal info guide.
Example raccoon trapping photographs - get do-it-yourself ideas.
Raccoon job blog - learn from great examples of raccoon jobs I've done.