Raccoons can grow two to three feet in length, and weigh from 10 to 30 pounds. Their life expectancy is five to six years.
Raccoons can run at speeds of up to 15 miles an hour, and can climb down a tree backwards or face first. They can swivel the hind feet around 180 degrees.
Although raccoons are predominantly nocturnal creatures, they can be seen during daylight hours due to hunger, injury, illness or sleep has been disturbed.
Why Raccoons Den In Your Home
Raccoons will eat just about anything – mice, insects, eggs, berries, grain, fish, fruit and plants. They’ll scavenge from your garbage cans and compost piles. Pet food left outside is a popular food source.
Although they are active year-round, raccoons may take cover in dens during the winter season. Raccoon dens are often found in backyards, under decks and beneath houses, attics, chimneys, and outside buildings.
Damage Caused By Raccoons
Raccoons will rip off shingles, boards or rooftop ventilators to get into an attic. Wall and heating/air conditioning ducts may get torn or even destroyed. And, then, there is urine which not only stains, but creates an offensive odor. They can rip off loose boards and enlarge holes in wire fences for easy access. They will rip open a screen to get into a patio.
They kill your ornamental fish or birds, frighten your pets and bring fleas.
Contrary to popular assumption, there are very few cases of raccoon rabies in the western United States. Bats, skunks and fox are the bigger rabies threats to humans. Raccoons are mammals, however, and rabies can still be a potential threat.
Raccoon Roundworm is a parasite that raccoons carry, which can cause problems in the eyes and central nervous system.
Do NOT Attempt to Trap the Raccoon Yourself
It’s common to catch the wrong animal – a stray cat, a skunk, or opossum, or the wrong raccoon. And, they can be vicious when cornered.
More important, however, the California Department of Fish and Game Regulations prohibit the relocation of raccoons and other wildlife without written permission from the Department. Trapping should be conducted by licensed professionals.
Call Trapper Rob Immediately For Raccoon Removal
Raccoon populations can grow quite large where food and denning sites are in abundance. The sooner the problem is eliminated, the better.
Trapper Rob is an experienced professional, who is able to trap raccoons safely and humanely, without separating the mother from its young (who, when left behind, will starve).
Please remember raccoons are wild animals and will defend themselves if necessary. Don’t ever try to hug or pet a raccoon.
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