Raccoons
Raccoons in the attic, garage, or strange noises in your chimney? Raccoons living under your home? Those scurrying sounds in the attic, crawlspace and noises in a chimney may well be a raccoon. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective raccoon removal and exclusion services.

Description

Raccoons are considered pests because of their foraging and nesting habits. They are often associated with trash consumption and live in a wide range of habitats, including rural, urban, and suburban areas. Raccoons are notorious for their curious and shrewd natures.

Appearance

Ranging considerably in weight (7 to 30 pounds) depending on habitat, raccoons are easily identified thanks to their unique coloration. Black encircles their eyes and extends across their cheeks, similar in appearance to classic burglar masks. Raccoons can reach 3 feet in length and generally have gray fur with hints of brown. Their tails are also unique as they display alternating rings of white and black down the length of the appendage.

Habitat

Adaptable, raccoons are found in almost every climate region of the U.S., and some have even learned to survive solely on human garbage. Favorite nesting locations of wild raccoons include forests, marshes, and prairies.

Raccoon Problems

Entry

The males rarely invade human habitations and will only do so if natural food sources are scarce. Females, on the other hand, often enter attics, chimneys, and crawl spaces when they are pregnant with young and wish to provide shelter to their coming offspring. Since their hands are structured in such a way that allows them to grasp objects, raccoons have been known to open doors and gain access to secured goods like stored pet food.

Damage

Raccoons damage landscapes while they forage for food. As omnivores, the animals will eat almost anything, including vegetation found in gardens and on farmland. Furthermore, raccoons contaminate homes with their excrement and urine and are carriers of disease. They infamously target unsecured garbage receptacles and leave behind unsanitary messes. Raccoons occasionally attack livestock, such as poultry, and common house pets, like dogs and cats, as well.

Raccoon Control

Control and Safety

Feeding raccoons only increases the chance of home invasion. As such, property owners should employ simple methods of control, like securing trash bins with fitted lids and attaching latches that lock the lids in place. Raccoons normally flee upon approach, but rabid individuals display fearlessness regarding humans. However, not all infected individuals act strangely, so people must always use extreme caution around the animals. The only way to stay completely safe from raccoons is to enlist the help of certified professional removal teams.

Trapping and Removal

Critter Control specialists are experts at raccoon removal. Using the most advanced technologies and tools, our teams handle any animal problems plaguing your home. Utilize our extensive knowledge and expertise to fix your raccoon problems by calling us today at: (734) 333-7349.

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