Raccoons can be dangerous to have in or around your home. If a raccoon feels threatened they will protect themselves and bite or scratch or both. Raccoons are very unpredictable. It is best that you stay away from a raccoon if you encounter one. A raccoon, like a fox or a bat, can carry rabies. Rabies is a dangerous disease to humans and pets. If you come in contact with a raccoon and have been bitten or scratched, you need to seek immediate medical attention. Raccoons are also known for rummaging through trash; and can cause their fur to become covered in harmful bacteria, so it would not be a good idea to pet a raccoon as they could transfer said bacteria to you and make you very sick.
This Is How To Deal With Raccoons
If you notice raccoons roaming around your yard, do not make them feel at home. Do not leave out food for them, close your garbage containers and make sure they do not have access to any food source. If you have pets, keep a close eye on them while they are outside. Whatever you do, do not try to approach the raccoon to try and get rid of it. Instead of taking on the task yourself, hire a professional company like Pest Proof Pest Management. We will come by and humanely remove the raccoons. We want to help keep you safe from any raccoon attack. If you feel your home is in danger, give us a call.
Raccoons are native to North America but have also made a residence in China and Europe. As an adult, they can weigh anywhere between 11 to 57 pounds. Raccoons are social animals and group together. Raccoon homes can be made up of up to 4 or 5 raccoons. Related female raccoons stick together in common areas while the unrelated males live together in groups. Raccoons stay in groups to protect their mates during mating season and to fight off predators. A raccoon's life span in the wild is about 1 to 3 years, while a captive raccoon has been known to live up to 20 years. Raccoon young are known as kits. Kits are born in the spring and are under the mother's care until the fall. The fall is when the Kits are free to disperse from the group and be on their own. The average deaths of raccoons are hunting and injury due to a vehicle. Raccoons make a home in marshlands, mountainous areas, forests and urban areas. They adapt and can build a home pretty much anywhere. It is in urban areas where homeowners refer to raccoons as pests.
A raccoon's most important sense is touch, and their claws are non-retractable. A raccoon can sense an object before it touches it because of the long hairs above its paws, linked to the raccoon's cerebral cortex which interprets the tactile impulses. Raccoons cannot grasp objects with one hand due to the lack of an opposing thumb. A raccoon's site is inferior, often thought to be color blind.
Raccoons are nocturnal and intelligent creatures. Cunning and sly like a fox, raccoons are also known to have excellent memory capabilities. A raccoon's diet consists of insects, smaller animals and plants. They also take a liking to forage through garbage to find food.
Raccoons can be identified by the light gray fur, ringed tail, paws and facial mask. Its environment determines a raccoon's size. Raccoons tend to be smaller in areas with climates like Florida. During the winter time or seasons with cold weather, a Raccoon looks a lot bigger because of fat storage to keep warm. Male raccoons tend to be bigger than females. The dark fur around their eyes contrasts the fur on their head giving it the look of a mask. This mask fits the raccoon well due to its mischievous behavior. Raccoon's usually transport using their four legs but can stand upright on their hind legs to examine things of interest. Although they have short legs, compared to their body size, Raccoons can run fast and jump high. If you feel you have an issue with raccoons, give us a call.