Raccoons are fascinating creatures. Their nocturnal lifestyles and distinct facial markings matched their reputations as night raiders perfectly. They’re notoriously astute.
Although the exact intelligence of raccoons is up for debate, some scientists think they are on par with primates. Perhaps that explains why they always seem to be able to detect when a trashcan is even slightly unsecured right away.
The combination of urbanization and raccoon adaptability is a major factor in the troublesome behavior of these animals. Raccoons have the ability to change their diets based on local availability.
That means that their diet shifts from wild berries and river trout to the tomatoes in your garden and the contents of your trash can as towns and cities rise where forests once stood. Even worse, they would happily transition from digging burrows to creating a den in your attic.
In appearance and behavior, raccoons resemble bandits. If they get the chance, they’ll raid your trash and break into your house. If you’re concerned about these furry little nighttime burglars, you should contact a raccoon removal expert.
The North American raccoon is the most common and well-known, ranging from northern Canada and most of the United States southward into South America. It has a black “mask” across its eyes and a tail with 5 to 10 black bands.
Also known as “masked bandits,” raccoons are admired for their intelligence and cunning. They have very strong paws that are very nimble and manipulative. These characteristics equip them with the tools they need to damage and destroy property in order to survive in urban environments. They are also nocturnal, which means they are most active at night.
Some interesting facts about raccoons:
Raccoons, despite being classified as a carnivore, are omnivorous, which means they will eat both plants and animals as a primary food source. They prefer vegetables, fruits, insects, slugs, snails, fish, frogs, turtles, small animals, eggs, and anything left behind in the garbage. They can also change their diet in response to what is available nearby.
Raccoons feed every day but must forage to locate their food. They are mistakenly thought to “wash” their food before eating it if water is available. This misconception stems from their habit of looking for food in or near water and then manipulating it while eating.
Raccoons adapt extremely well to human presence. Even in towns and cities they den in buildings and thrive on a diet of garbage, pet food, and other items. Because food availability is the most important factor influencing raccoon abundance, large cities frequently have the highest population densities.
However, in the wild, raccoons live mostly alone. Raccoons live in a wide range of forest and grassland habitats in the wild. They are usually found near water and are good swimmers. Whereas in large cities, they will construct their dens in chimneys, attics, roofs, crawl spaces, under decks, and sheds.
Raccoons are usually just a nuisance. It’s annoying when there’s trash all over the lawn, but that’s about it. But, if raccoons have moved into a human home, they pose a threat.
To begin with, raccoons are not particularly aggressive, but they can and will attack if provoked. Pets such as dogs and cats can suffer serious injuries as a result of a raccoon encounter.
When raccoons decide to nest in a residential or commercial structure, they can cause a variety of problems. Some of these raccoon issues are easily resolved, while others can have serious consequences for both the buildings and the people who live in them.
The following are some common raccoon issues and warning signs to look out for:
Raccoons have a keen sense of smell, which they use to locate food sources. You can take advantage of this trait by repelling them with scents they dislike, such as hot pepper, onion, garlic, and peppermint oil.
To begin, peppermint oil is extremely effective against raccoons. The smell naturally repels them because they dislike the smell for some reason. Pepper and cloves are two other repellents. Another natural repellent is the use of natural predators’ urine.
Ammonia-soaked rags are also an effective natural deterrent. The strong odor of ammonia can deter raccoons from entering your property. Soak rags or cloths in ammonia and place them in areas known to be frequented by raccoons, such as near entry points or trash cans.
You are not alone if you have a raccoon problem. These bothersome creatures are a common pest in many parts of the country. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to get rid of them quickly:
Raccoon removal from your home can be challenging. If you live in a city, you probably can’t deal with them unless you have a permit. That is why your best bet would be to contact a professional.
However, there are a couple of things that you can do to prevent them from entering your home in the first place:
Eliminate access points: Raccoons frequently break into homes through foundational gaps or holes in the roof. Examine your house and caulk any gaps that might be used as entrances. Consider sealing your chimney, roof, and attic. This will assist in permanently keeping raccoons out of your house.
Secure the trash can: Another way to keep raccoons at bay is to keep your trash can secure. Raccoons are known for rummaging through garbage, so keeping your trash can lid tightly closed will make them less likely to bother. To keep raccoons out, try placing a heavy rock or brick on top of the lid.
Install a fence around your property: If you have a serious raccoon problem, you may need to install a fence around your property. This will prevent raccoons from entering your property and make it more difficult for them to enter your home. Make the fence at least 6 feet tall and bury it at least 2 feet deep to prevent raccoons from digging under it.
Raccoons in the city are also highly social animals with incredible memories. You must work after raccoon removal to ensure that the infested area is no longer a safe haven for returning raccoons.
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