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At Barnes Wildlife Control, we provide reliable and effective raccoon trapping and removal. Raccoons are considered nuisance animal species as they tend to reside in both urban and rural areas. Due to their natural instinct to search for food and shelter, they may potentially ruin your home in small ways, such as tearing holes to get in your attic, or blocking your chimney. Get rid of them now, and call us today.

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Your home is not a raccoon's natural habitat. Eliminate this nuisance animal through effective and humane removal. We specialize in a myriad of strategies, which includes trapping, exclusion, and habitat modification.

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Most Common Complaints & Habitats of Raccoons

  • Attic noises at night

  • Chimney noises or scratching

  • Roof damage or leaks

  • Dumpster diving & trash in yard

  • Raccoons living in attic

  • Chirping noises coming from attic or chimney

  • Raccoons nesting in the chimney

  • Raccoons on the roof

  • Raccoons getting into garbage cans and tipping them over

  • Raccoons keeping me awake at night

  • Racoon inside your crawlspace and tearing up insulation

  • Pet food or bird seed storage areas

  • Defecating on deck or porch

  • Nesting in shed, garage, or barn

  • Raccoons living under the shed or in loft of barn

  • Sick, potentially rabid raccoon (active during the day, walking around in circles, moving slowing, climbing up things and falling down).

  • Raccoon presence is alarming to pets

  • Raccoons eating pet food or bird seed

  • Raccoons living under the deck or porch

  • Raccoon climbing tree, downspouts, and gutters to get onto roof

  • Raccoon living in tree close to house

How to Identify Raccoons and Health Concerns

The Northern Raccoon (Procyon lotor) can be easily recognized with their black mask and ringed tail. They have an average life span of 5-6 years, but they can also live up to 12 years. Raccoons usually breed in January, but could be as late as July. The mother raccoon can be very protective of her young or babies, known as raccoon kits. The presence of raccoons in your home can cause property damages, diseases, and may even do harm to your pets.


Dealing with raccoons in your home or on your property can be a nasty and potentionally harmful undertaking.  Useful Raccoon disease and health related information can be found at the following websites provided by the:


Center for Disease Control



Montgomery, Miami, and Greene County Local Health Departments http://www.phdmc.org/




Raccoons are vectors of rabies and other potentially harmful diseases

such as distemper, leptospirosis, parvovirus, and raccoon roundworm.

Discount coupon Useful Raccoon Information found on our nationwide site directory

Retreived from Center for Global Health

Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria


What is a raccoon latrine?

Raccoons defecate in communal sites, called latrines. Raccoon feces usually are dark and tubular and have a pungent odor. Latrines may be found at or on:

trees (around the base and at forks)

raised horizontal surfaces (such as fallen logs, stumps, woodpiles, large rocks,deck, patio, attics and garages


Raccoon Latrines: Identification and Clean-up

Why are raccoon latrines dangerous?

Raccoons are the primary host of Baylisascaris procyonis, a roundworm that can be harmful to people. Roundworm eggs are passed in the feces of infected raccoons, and people become infected by ingesting eggs. Anyone who is exposed to environments where raccoons frequent is potentially at risk. Young children or developmentally disabled persons are at highest risk for infection as they may be more likely to put contaminated fingers, soil, or objects into their mouths.

What do I do if I find a raccoon latrine?

If you have found a raccoon latrine in or near your home, cleaning the area may prevent possible infection. Eggs in newly deposited feces are not infectious and take at least 2–4 weeks to become infective. Prompt removal and destruction of raccoon feces will reduce risk for exposure and possible infection.

If you choose to clean the site yourself, here are some tips to assist you:


Take care to avoid contaminating hands and clothes.

Wear disposable gloves.

Wear rubber boots that can be scrubbed or cover your shoes with disposable booties that can be thrown away, so that you do not bring eggs into your household.

Wear a N95-rated respirator (available at local hardware stores) if working in a confined space to prevent accidental ingestion of eggs or other harmful materials.

Wearing an N95-rated respirator will protect you from possible exposure to aerosolized eggs and is recommended for cleanup of raccoon latrines in confined spaces to prevent the inhalation of fungal spores, bacteria, or viruses that may be present.)

Outdoor Latrine Cleaning

Feces and material contaminated with raccoon feces should be removed (using a shovel or inverted plastic bag) and burned, buried, or bagged and placed in the trash to be sent to a landfill.

Most chemicals do not kill roundworm eggs, but heat will kill the eggs instantly. Treat feces-soiled decks, patios, and other surfaces with boiling water or a propane torch.

Disinfect hard, smooth surfaces (including shovel blades) with boiling water.

To help further reduce the risk of possible infection, wash your hands well with soap and warm running water. Clean/launder your clothes thoroughly using hot water and detergent.

Indoor Latrine Cleaning

To avoid stirring up dust and debris, lightly mist the latrine area with a little water from a spray bottle. Do not use a propane torch indoors.

Fill a bucket with hot, soapy water.

Feces and material contaminated with raccoon feces should be removed (using a shovel or inverted plastic bag) and burned, buried, or bagged and placed in the trash to be sent to a landfill.

Use a damp (but not wet) sponge to wipe the area.

Rinse your sponge frequently in the bucket.

After you have cleaned the area, flush dirty water down the toilet. Disinfect the bucket with boiling water. Place the sponge in a plastic bag and put the plastic bag in the garbage.

To help further reduce the risk of possible infection, wash your hands well with soap and warm running water. Clean/launder your clothes thoroughly with hot water and detergent.

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Raccoons are sometimes spelled Racoon and often referred to as Coon for short. These are common nuisance critters in the Miami Valley neighborhoods and they love to reside in homes.

Many times in suburban areas they develop very little fear of people live nearby.  Unfortunately to those unlucky homeowners around Dayton, they can cause quite a bit of damage and keep you up at night.

During our service call an inspection is conducted and Barnes Wildlife Control technicians will be able to provide you with a thorough description of what the problem is. Based on the inspection, our technicians will explain to you what the main entry points are, other entry points and potential entry points. Multiple options will be given to your specific situation and an estimate left for any necessary repairs.

Common entry break in areas are on the roof where the majority of homeowners never go and finding this damaged area where they enter can be difficult.  They also can enter through soffits, eaves, chimney flues, dormers, roof and gable vents and many other areas of your home.

They like to nest down in wall cavities behind drywall where it’s secluded and warm, and sometimes they even go into the living space of the house in search of food, they love cereal!  If a litter of raccoons is born and raised in your house they will likely return year after year to raise their young as well.  Our specialty is repairing the damage these animals cause such as repairing holes on your home to keep the raccoons out along full attic restoration services to remove fecal matter and install new duct work and insulation. We have perfected this work so we can get in and get out quickly so the process is less cumbersome and painstaking to you!

They can chew and scratch their way in from an attic or through wall plaster and often use cat or dog doors to raid pet food.

We deploy every known method and some of our secret tactics to remove these rascals from your residence.   If the raccoon is defensive and accessible where we can get in close quarters, we can actually use a cable restraint pole to snare it and transport it to a live cage for removal.  These poles are very similar to what the animal resource centers use with dog captures.  We do not deal with dogs.

Proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) must be worn to keep our technicians safe.  A bright headlamp to properly identify and navigate the dark attics or crawlspaces, half or full face respirator depending on how severe the fecal contamination is in the area to prevent inhaling a potential spore or disease, Tyvek protective suit to protect our skin, and Kevlar bite proof gloves for the obvious reasons!

Setting raccoon traps is by far the most effective way to remove the raccoons.  Occasionally we set traps inside homes and attics but prefer not to make a habit of this.  We feel it’s more effective to catch them coming out of the house near their entry point or crossing their travel routes on and off the roof.  The major reason we don’t trap inside unless necessary is after capture and when you haul the critter through the house,  these raccoons are scared and frequently urinate making matters worse and potential parasites and/or insects using the raccoon as a host could fall of inside the home.

Once we remove all raccoons out of your house, it's critical that the entry and exit openings are permanently sealed.  We have become experts at raccoon exclusion and repairs that are guaranteed to keep them out for good or we come back at no cost to you!

Racoons love to climb down the flue of your chimney or fireplace and live inside your hearth box.  Female coons often have their litter of kits right on top of the flu damper and many people find this only after she has given birth. The young raccoons often cry and scream and the homeowner hears this, or the afterbirth newborn racoon kits urinate and the liquid matter seeps into the fireplace and has a pungent odor that is detected or seen by the homeowner or tenant.  Many people call and ask can I just start a fire to get them out, the answer is NO!  This is not only inhumane to the raccoons but it puts all occupants of the home at risk for a potential smoke inhalation/fire and can drive the raccoon sow into the home instead of out the chimney top.  

Barnes Wildlife Control  provides effective raccoon trapping and removal by using safe humane methods and all of our technicians are properly trained, licensed, and carry the best products on all trucks so you can have reliable service and efficient raccoon removal exclusion repairs.

Google is not the answer to everything as you may have learned already, and the only proven method for long term raccoon removal is trapping, structure and habitat modifications, and permanent exclusion repairs to your home and structure.  Countless times customers tell us that they tried Google tips on how to deter raccoons by using coyote urine repellents, strobe and attic lights, loud music, mothballs which is a harmful insecticide chemical called Naphthalene which emits a foul odor, liquid ammonia, owl and hawk decoys and just about everything someone can think of and we are still in business, so it’s obvious these tactics are futile. Another effective option is positive setting or using one way doors apparatuses that are installed over the entry points to allow the critter to exit the attic or dwelling but not return. We do not recommend using these as odds are high that animal will be back to claw and chew their way back into the attic, but we want you to know we have these as an option.  We also sometimes can use an eviction fluid or paste during the birthing season to make the female or sow raccoon think a boar or male raccoon is hanging around and she views him as a threat to her young.  When properly applied, this tactic is effective at making her move her den site to another location, hopefully out of your home.  As you can see raccoon removal can be complex and dangerous work and Barnes Wildlife Control has decades of trapping and repair experience to help you resolve your problem and restore your peace of mind!  Call us at 937-340-1867.

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Droppings left on and around property, risks of being exposed to germs or diseases, encounters with an aggressive raccoon, baby raccoons being raised on your property, raccoons going through your trash bins and storage boxes, pets being aggravated of the presence of the raccoon nearby, damage to the structure of the building and/or your belongings.

Why choose Barnes Wildlife Control for raccoon removal services?

Barnes Wildlife Control has been in the business of wildlife removal and prevention services over the course of many years. Our trained technicians provide services in wildlife removal conducting humane treatment of animals while delivering exceptional service, efficient procedures, and effective methods. We ensure that in our practice, the animal, yourself, and the technicians are safe, and the job is done right.

Barnes Wildlife Control Raccoon Services

•Raccoon Removal • Baby Raccoon Removal • One-way Door installations • Sealed/screened entry points • Raccoon Prevention

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Raccoon Removal & Control in Beavercreek Ohio and Kettering Ohio.

Are there raccoons in your Dayton or Springfield OH home? Scurrying or scratching noises in your garage, attic, or crawlspace might mean you have unwanted visitors. If so, we can help.  We have the experience, resources, and methods to remove raccoons from your home effectively. Based in Troy and Dayton Ohio we help residential and commercial clients across the region with the raccoon removal and raccoon control issues.

Raccoon Identification in Oakwood Ohio

With 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, but we have caught several close to 30 lbs in Miamisburg and Centerville areas. The largest wild raccoon ever captured weighed over 60 pounds and measured 55 inches long!

Raccoons are nocturnal animals, meaning primarily active at night 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.

Trotwood Raccoon Habitat

Raccoons are common throughout the United States, including here in Southern Ohio.  Many of the vacated, rundown, and foreclosed homes in this area are prime dwellings for raccoons.

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 which some mistake for skunk grubbing and damage.

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.

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 Dayton 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.

You should contact a Centerville raccoon removal and remediation service expert as soon as you identify any potential raccoon problem. Call 937-340-1867 to talk with our friendly and helpful staff today. Barnes Wildlife Control has over 60 years of experience in raccoon prevention and repair throughout the Dayton region.

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.

Barnes Wildlife Control is an animal control and prevention provider based in the Miami Valley region with offices in Beavercreek and Troy.  For 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 Southwestern Ohio, please contact us today at 937-340-1867, and our expert animal control specialists will be happy to assist you an answer any questions.  We are proud to service the following areas:

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Raccoon Latrine (Poop) in Attic

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Attic Vent Covers Keep Raccoons Out!

Open Chimney Caps & Flues leads to Raccoons Nesting in Fireplace.


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This raccoon was in a chimney near Dayton Ohio

Multiple raccoons on this Xenia, OH roof were trapped and removed by Barnes Pest Wildlife Control

Raccoon Droppings in Attic Insulation

Centerville, Ohio

Raccoon Tore Hole in Roof and was trapped for the homeowner and we also repaired the roof damage

Springfield, Ohio

Raccoons were coming out of drop ceiling into office and had to be removed

Kettering, Ohio