Raccoons are incredibly clever creatures capable of opening latches and door knobs, climbing, swimming and running at over 10 miles per hour. Because these nocturnal mammals are so clever and adaptable, finding one has taken up residence in your home can be frustrating. Not only are they able to thwart traps meant for their removal, but they’re masters at evading capture.
If you’ve ever had a raccoon as an uninvited guest, you probably also learned that if they’re determined to get into something, they’ll generally not give up until they find a way.
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Raccoons have a stocky profile and gray fur with distinct black mask-like markings around their eyes. They have fluffy ringed tails with black, beady eyes, small ears, and short, narrow snouts to support their tiny black noses. Possessing back legs slightly shorter than their front ones, raccoons walk with a hunched appearance.
Because raccoons are highly adaptable, they’re found both in their native woodland areas, as well as urban centers, farms and suburbs alike. Adept omnivorous scavengers, raccoons seek shelter in homes and buildings and search for food in yards, fields and other areas near human occupation.
Raccoons may find your attic, garage, shed or chimney to be an attractive spot to build a nest. Female raccoons, particularly, seek out these sheltered spaces to give birth and raise their young during spring. All raccoons, when accustomed to human activity, grow bold — some have been known to enter homes through open windows, doors and pet doors to raid kitchens for food. Most raccoons, however, prefer covert missions to raid trash bins, outdoor pet bowls, vegetable gardens and compost heaps.
When seeking shelter in buildings, raccoons have been known to destroy roofing tiles or wire chimney coverings. Raccoons can strip a personal garden of its vegetables in just one night and chickens are particularly in danger, as raccoons easily open latches to feast on birds and eggs and destroy nests.
While raccoons don’t usually pose a direct threat to humans, they are known to carry rabies and can transmit fleas, ticks and lice to residences they enter.
Dealing with Raccoon Problems
Raccoons move on when food isn’t easily obtainable. Securing trash cans with locking lids and keeping pet food indoors are good measures. Clean thoroughly and promptly after barbecues and outdoor meals and securing gardens with tall, outward leaning fences can also prevent raccoons from being attracted to your property. It’s also wise to take exclusionary measures, such as sealing exterior wall gaps and adding chimney guards, as well as investing in a secured pet door for your dog or cat that only allows entry with a coded tag or collar.
Limiting access, as well as trimming branches away from your attic or roof, can discourage these critters from seeking shelter in your home. Because raccoons are protected fur-bearing animals, they receive legal protections as game animals in many locales. A certified wildlife specialist from Critter Control is the only hope you have of trapping, removing and disposing of nuisance raccoons outside of specified hunting seasons. A Critter Control specialist can advise you of your options, as well as point out options for exclusionary measures to make sure your raccoon problem is a one-time ordeal.