Raccoons, sometimes referred to as “masked bandits”, are often admired for their intelligence and their ingenuity. But these traits also make them quite destructive to homes and businesses. Because of their size, intelligence and adaptability they should be dealt with very carefully.
Raccoons Are A Pest and will eat almost anything, they are true omnivores
Raccoons most often like to make dens in crawlspaces, chimneys, roofs and attics, especially over bedrooms where it tends to be quieter. They are primarily nocturnal (i.e. active at night), making them quite a nuisance when homeowners are trying to sleep.
Raccoons have very manipulative paws, which mean they can open jars, garbage cans and even door latches. They are also quite strong and will rip up shingles, soffit, flashings and aluminum.
Raccoons are between 24 to 41 inches in length. They weigh between 8 to 25 pounds.
Raccoons breed usually in February with young born in late April and May, with a 3-4 young per litter.
Raccoon - What To Look For
Raccoons are able to gain entry through just about any common building material (e.g. wood, soffit, aluminum flashing, shingles, attic and roof vents. Raccoons emit a large number of vocalizations and prefer to build dens in warm, dry locations such as attics or crawlspaces.
They are very active animals and will scurry around attics, chimneys and roofs, usually at night. Feces and fur are often found at the entry point and there can be a strong odor detected. Raccoons tend to leave feces piles on roofs and their elongated rear foot leaves a distinctive footprint.
Raccoon Control - What To Do
The most effective method is to remove all the raccoons and completely seal the entire building from further entry. If there are unweaned young present they need to be removed from the nesting site as soon as possible after the female is captured. If raccoons are living in a crawlspace or attic the amount of damage they can cause to insulation and duct work can be quite severe. If the damage is accessible, then your property insurance may cover the cost of the damage repair and raccoon removal.
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