Living among people for generations has encouraged raccoons to become bolder around people, making the whole situation much more stressful.
Raccoons grow to be between 10 – 30 pounds, which makes them about the same size as a small to medium-sized dog. They are famous for their distinctive “bandit mask” facial markings and ringed tails. Raccoons can and will eat almost anything, and they have been described as perfect omnivores. Raccoons breed in early spring and give birth to their pups in late spring into early summer. The pups need a safe nest away from predators for the first eight or so weeks of their lives, so their moms seek out dens in hollowed out trees, rock crevices, and human-built structures. In captivity, raccoons will live to be 20 years old, however wild raccoons live much shorter lives, normally 2-3 years, due to disease, hunting, and traffic experiences.
Why They Are Pests
Raccoons are pests because pregnant females actively seek out the safest place to raise their pups. Oftentimes, the safest spot they can find is in an attic or under a deck. Once your unwelcome guest is inside, she’ll make herself at home, with a part of your loft as her bathroom and yet another to birth and raise her pups.
Raccoons also like to dig through garbage to find the delicious things people throw away. This can create Raccoon Poop for homeowners to deal with, and it can also make an encounter with a raccoon more likely, which raises the danger for everyone.
They have been known to attack people and pets alike when on the defensive. Because raccoons have gotten used to being around people, they might seem deceptively comfortable in your presence until you make the wrong move and are suddenly thought of as a threat. Raccoons aren’t aggressive without cause, but you do not need to risk giving a raccoon a reason to feel like it doesn’t have any choice except to fight you.
Can They Carry Diseases?
Raccoons in addition to carrying rabies, also carry raccoon roundworms, which may be transferred to humans and pets via contact with the infected raccoon’s feces. Raccoons also carry a lot of other ailments, like distemper, which pets can catch.
When there are raccoons in your house or structure, there’s always the chance of infant raccoons getting left behind. It is important to hire professional pest management experts to look after any raccoon elimination to ensure that every raccoon is removed from your property before the entryways are patched up. Once they’ve removed the raccoon population from your attic or deck, professional wildlife removal specialists will be able to offer you suggestions about how best to make your house more raccoon-proof and the way to fix the damages caused.