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 common throughout North America, and that includes the Boulder area. Raccoons are very clever and agile climbers. These scavengers are actually becoming more common in urban areas but still have a large presence in wooded areas and forest. They are well known for their appearance and nocturnal tendencies. These mammals are cute but none the less, pests due to their eating habits of almost anything they can find in trash, sewers, yards, and other places they can climb into. Damaging homes and property along the way.

Appearance

Many people have encountered these animals. Raccoons are typically described as having the following features:

  • Small and stocky build
  • Covered in gray fur
  • Distinctive black markings in the shape of a “bandit's mask” around their eyes
  • Rings along their fluffy tails
  • Black eyes
  • Short ears
  • Small black noses at the end of their short, narrow snouts
  • Anywhere between 10-40lbs (Adult)

Raccoons appear hunched as they walk because their back legs are longer than their front legs.

Habitat

Raccoons in the “wild”, typically like to live in woodland areas near water sources such as streams, and rivers. Much of their food supplies comes from aquatic invertebrates such as clams, crayfish, turtles, and snails. They also eat a large variety of plant-based foods, such as acorns, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and corn.

Today, raccoons are becoming more and more common in cities and suburban areas. Urban areas, farms, and suburbs likewise make good homes for raccoons, who have increasingly adapted to city life due to their scavenging ways. Raccoons scavenge from garbage cans, gardens, and crop fields. Wild raccoons typically nest in tree cavities, rock crevices, underground burrows, and the abandoned dens of other animals, such as muskrat lodges. In suburban areas, the animals have been known to seek the shelter of unoccupied buildings, attics, and storage.

Raccoon Problems

Entry

Property containing easily accessible sources of food, such as outdoor pet food containers, vegetable gardens, unsecured trash bags, and compost heaps, often attract raccoons into residential areas. Female raccoons, known as sows, may build nests in empty buildings, attics, garages, sheds, and chimneys to raise young kits during the spring. If a raccoon is fed or becomes comfortable living around humans, it may attempt bold moves such as entering homes through pet doors to raid kitchens for food.

Damage

In an effort to access the shelter of chimneys or attics, raccoons may damage wire coverings and even tear up roof tiles. Plants may be broken and fruits or vegetables stripped by raccoons overnight. Farms and gardens may experience widespread destruction as the mammal enjoys eating sweet corn off the cob, seeds, and other grains. Raccoons can be destructive to property in attempt to find food and shelter.

Raccoon Control

Control and Safety

To keep the small, furry animals away from homes and property, the best way is to be sure to eliminate food sources that draw them to your property. Trash bags should be placed in secure bins with tight-fitting lids, and pet food should not be left outside. Cleaning up after barbecues and grills will also help to eliminate the enticing scents of meat. Placing fences, caging, and sealing off chimneys and vents is another recommendation for keeping Raccoons out.

Trapping and Removal

Raccoons are protected furbearing animals and receive additional legal protections as game animals in most states. Live trapping and relocation may not be an option, since it is illegal in some states to transfer and release captive animals in locations other than the original capture site. Only certified wildlife specialists and licensed trappers may remove and dispose of problem raccoons outside of specified seasons. Call the professionals at Critter Control of Ann Arbor today!!

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