- Colour Grey to reddish-brown
- Size Up to 95 cm
- Description Raccoons have rings around their bushy tails and distinctive mask-like markings on their faces.
- Notes They have five digits on all four of their feet, and their front paws work similarly to human hands.
Why do I have raccoons?
In the wild, raccoons make dens in tree cavities, caves, and the abandoned homes of other animals, in woodland areas with nearby sources of water.
However, they are extremely well adapted to life in urban and suburban communities, and also like to live under porches, garages, abandoned buildings, and barns. They typically enter through chimneys, gaps in roofs, and damaged screens.
Raccoons will eat almost anything they can find, including crayfish, frogs, snails, bird eggs, insects, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. In urban areas, they target garbage, bird feeders, and unattended pet food.
Female raccoons seek dark, quiet places to give birth and rear their young, so often invade crawlspaces and attics.
How worried should I be about raccoons?
Raccoons enter dumpsters and knock over garbage cans in search of easy meal. They are opportunistic and will exploit any accessible cavity or void for shelter.
Female raccoons and their young offspring only multiple the damage. Females can give birth to up to seven kits every year in your attic or crawlspace, and with the whole family living there throughout their first winter, damaging insulation and wiring.
Resident raccoons will make a lot of noise, scratching, rustling, and squeaking, and set up latrines near their dens, emitting foul odours. Raccoons can also carry various diseases dangerous to humans, such as rabies and the parasitic raccoon roundworm.
In some areas, it is illegal to remove a female raccoon and her kits from their nesting site until the young are able to leave with the mother. Raccoons can be aggressive if threatened. Safe and humane raccoon control is best left to a professional pest control service.
How can I prevent raccoons invading?
Cover all possible entrances, Remove potential food sources, Use trash cans with tight-fitted lids, Bring pet food inside overnight, Trim back overgrown trees and foliage, Store wood piles in shed
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