Raccoons may appear to be cute but they can be serious pests, potentially causing damage and disease. Raccoons can weigh up to 35 pounds and prefer to live in wooded areas near water but have become very well adapted to living around people in urban and suburban environments. Raccoons are nocturnal creatures but are occasionally active during the day. Raccoons have a highly varied omnivorous diet which includes fruits, vegetables, insects, chickens, small mammals, fish and even pet food. You may notice damage to your lawn caused by raccoons digging it up in search of beetle grubs. The wide range of food consumed by raccoons has been an important factor in allowing them to thrive living amongst us. In order to deter raccoons, it is best to seal your garbage cans tightly, cap chimney flues and bring in all pet food containers at night. In urban settings, there are a lot of places for raccoons to thrive, make sure your house isn’t one of them!
Pregnant raccoons prefer to nest in a sheltered space like a backyard, garage, chimney, attic or underneath a deck. Raccoons carry fleas and ticks with them so a nesting population in your house can lead to secondary infestations of these bloodsuckers. Mothers will usually have 1 litter a year containing 3-5 pups that are born in April or May. New mothers are very protective of their young and can cause significant harm protecting their litters. Raccoons are usually frightened of humans but have been known to attack (sometimes fatally) dogs and cats when they are cornered. If raccoons die while inside a house there will be offensive odors and decaying carcasses will attract filth-breeding flies and other pests. It is recommended to leave trapping and relocation of raccoons to your pest management professional as public health concerns, property damage and strict guidelines for removal of wildlife make this a job you should not do yourself.
Call us today and we will assist you in eliminating your raccoon problem. Please keep in mind that if a raccoon appears to be aggressive and is showing abnormal behavior, such as appearing sick or disoriented, then there is a good possibility that the raccoon is rabid. In this case, the proper authorities should also be notified. If you are ever bitten by a raccoon, seek medical attention immediately.