Is Your Home Vulnerable to Raccoon Intrusion?

Raccoons are known to find their way into our homes, garages, barns, and porch spaces; however, do we really know how vulnerable our house is to such intrusion?  How do you determine your home’s level of exposure? Continue reading to learn ways to inspect and animal proof your house from raccoon invasion this winter season.

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Home Inspections

To begin assessing how open your home is to the wild animal community, particularly raccoons, it is crucial to inspect the inside and outside of your house. Look for weak spots and pay close attention to dark, warm areas. These are ideal shelter spots for raccoons.  Indoors, try starting in your basement. If you do not have a basement, turn to your utility room, crawl space, or garage as an option in its place. 

In the basement or other areas, look in dark corners, and keep your eyes peeled for any open or exposed areas. These could be areas of access. If you do not see anything here, move on to the attic area. Attics are very popular spots for raccoons. They love the dark, warm shelter it provides. This is an ideal breeding ground for them too. If you do not have an attic, check under stairs and in closets.

Exterior of Your Home

Outside, raccoon access points are easier to spot. Look to your roof and try to observe any loose shingles or pried open areas. These are indications that raccoons have been breaking in. Check under porches and patios as well. These are also common areas of access and even areas of living for wild raccoons.

Hire a Pro for Comprehensive Inspections

Doing an interior and exterior inspection of your home is a tedious and difficult task.  Typically, it is recommended to hire a professional wildlife removal and control company to provide an inspection. They are highly trained and experienced professionals that know all the signs to look for, and how to remedy the disturbance within a convenient time frame. If you are having trouble, call a professional for advice. They can offer the best solutions and service. 

Animal-Proof Your Home

Once an inspection has been completed, it is important to move onto animal proofing your home right away. The areas that were labeled weak, exposed, and open should be sealed immediately. By closing off the areas of access, you can stop further intrusion. It is very crucial to have all existing raccoons removed from your home with the help of a professional company before sealing off these access points.

Indianapolis Raccoon Removal and Control Service

Call Budget Animal Removal at 317-875-3099 to get rid of raccoons in Indianapolis, Indiana and its surrounding areas. Our DNR licensed and insured wildlife rescue and control specialists offer nuisance wildlife abatement services, cleanup and minor restorations for animal damages, 24 hour emergency service, and free estimates. Get started by requesting a free estimate or advice, today.

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10 Animals That Partner Up for Life

Perhaps humans are not the only species in the Animal Kingdom that will be celebrating Valentine’s Day this weekend. That is because there are various types of wildlife that find a mate and stick with them forever, or at least until death do them part. That’s right; there are 10 known species on the planet that are monogamous mates.

Continue reading to learn which ones, and then pass these interesting and fun facts along to your special Valentine this year!

Happy Valentines Day!
Happy Valentines Day!

These Animals Team Up and Stick Together Forever:

French Angelfish

Not only do French Angelfish choose a mate and stay with them for life, together as a team they will fight to the death defending their territory against other Angelfish couples. This makes them a truly special species of fish.

Bald Eagles

Sure, Bald Eagles are known to be loners during winters and migration seasons, but they are actually a species that mates for life. Eagle will select their mate, and then together, they will build a permanent nest for roosting and raising their young; just like a husband and wife builds a home together for their family! In the case that a mate dies, a Bald Eagle will actually select a new mate before breeding season. Many monogamous species exhibit this same behavior.

Barn Owls

Barn owls are often spotted in twos because they commonly mate for life. Once an owl chooses their mate, the male will care for the female by supplying her with food so that she may lay her eggs. Now that is a new level of marital bliss!


Albatrosses are unique birds in their own right, but adding on the fact that they are also a monogamous species puts them at the top of the interesting list. Just like Bald Eagles, Albatrosses will find a new mate if theirs dies, otherwise, they stay with the same partner, in the same nest, for life. Now since these birds can live as long as 50 years, they are truly a committed pair.


Penguins are widely-known as being a monogamous species, however, not all penguins practice monogamy. For example, African and Magellanic, Gentoo, and Royal penguins are entirely monogamous for life. But the famous Emperor Penguin is somewhat monogamous, only keeping a mate for one single season, then choosing a new one the next season. This is referred to as serial monogamy.  

Mute Swans

Not all swan species mate for life, but Mute Swans do. And just like many other monogamous species, they will find a new mate if theirs dies. Interestingly though, if a male swan finds a younger female, they remain on his territory; but if he finds an older female, they stay on hers. Even more interesting is the fact that female widows will always go for a younger mate!


Not only do beavers mate for life, both parents actively raise their young together. How sweet and inspiring is that! Furthermore, beaver families usually average around 6 or more individuals, so they love big families!


The nearest relative to us on this list are gibbons. They mate for life, unless one partner dies, in which case, they will find a new partner. Their family groups are small but very stable, and typically raise their young for up to 7 years, until their young reach sexual maturity. Just like French Angelfish, these couples are very territorial and will defend their pack by singing morning songs.


Not only do wolves live in packs, they also mate for life! They stick together and raise their young until they reach sexual maturity, usually around 2 or 3 years old.

Shingleback Skinks

The Shingleback Skink is a lizard; a heavily armored lizard with a blue tongue to be exact. Perhaps these two elusive qualities help them attract their life mates! Native to western and southern Australia, these lizards are known to stay with the same mate for up to 20 years or more.

Experiencing Nuisance Wildlife Problems in Indianapolis?

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