This famous line from The Lone Ranger conjures up images of an elusive cowboy stranger who does his heroic good deeds then disappears into the night. He is the kind of masked bandit that we love to have around. However, there is another kind of masked bandit that is not so good to have around.

You hear a ruckus near your yard and go out to find your trash can has been tipped over and garbage strewn across your driveway. A masked bandit disappears around the corner of the garage.

You climb to the attic to look for something, and you notice that a portion of your insulation is all ripped apart. A masked bandit disappears out of sight behind some boxes. You take a stroll in your back flower garden one evening and find a whole section dug up. A masked bandit scurries away underneath your shed.

Who was that masked bandit?

As I’m sure you’ve figured out, we are talking about dealing with raccoons, and the problems they pose. No one enjoys dealing with wildlife taking over their home and causing damage. But these animals are not only a nuisance, they can pose some real serious threats. They are a nuisance because they leave droppings, cause noise that can keep you up at night, and do damage to property, inside and out. But they are also a health hazard to people and animals alike. Raccoons are known transmitters of diseases and bacteria, such as roundworm, giardia, leptospirosis and rabies. Rabies is a sometimes fatal disease that is spread by close contact with contaminated wildlife, including bats, squirrels and raccoons. In fact, rabies in raccoons first appeared in New Jersey around 1989 and has, since then, been found in all New Jersey cities and towns, with suburban areas having the largest number of cases.

How to get rid of raccoons and other wildlife pests:

If you have discovered raccoons, or any other pest animal, in your home, or if you see evidence of wildlife around your home, the best course of action is to contact a pest control professional. Here at ChemTec, we work closely with you to quickly and humanely rid your property of unwanted wildlife. And, typically we can respond to customer calls within one day. First we will ask you to describe the evidence you are seeing or hearing. Next, we promptly dispatch a ChemTec wildlife control expert to your home in order to identify the problem animal, locate areas of habitation, and implement safe trapping protocols. Once your home is free of wildlife, we’ll make sure contaminated areas have been properly addressed, and outline all steps necessary to seal your exterior walls and prevent a future infestation.

ChemTec services cover Bergen County and Passaic County as well as several other counties and communities. Let us take care of those masked bandits for you, so that your home and your family are protected. Give us a call today!