Regrettably, because human-created waste is an excellent source of food, wild raccoons have moved into urban environments, and their child-like trouble making has become a problem for homeowners. Living among humans for generations has encouraged wild raccoons to become bolder around individuals, which makes the entire situation even more tenuous.
Raccoons grow to be between 10 to 30 pounds, making them about exactly the exact same size as a small to medium-sized dog. They are famous for their distinctive “bandit mask” facial markers and ringed tails. Raccoons can and will eat almost anything, and they have been described as ideal omnivores. Raccoons breed in early spring and give birth to their kits in late spring into early summer. The kits require a secure nest away from predators for their first eight or so weeks of the lives. So their mothers seek out dens in hollowed out trees, rock crevices, and human-built structures. In captivity, raccoons will live to be 20 years old, but wild raccoons live much shorter lives, normally 2-3 years, due to disease, hunting, and traffic encounters.
Why They’re Pests
They are pests because pregnant raccoons actively seek out the safest place to have their kits. Oftentimes, the safest spot they can find is in a attic or under a deck. After your unwelcome guest is indoors, she will make herself at home, using insulation in your attic as her bathroom and to birth and raise her kits.
Raccoons also love to dig through garbage to find the delicious things people throw away. This can create a mess for homeowners to address, and it can also create a meeting with a raccoon, which raises the danger for everyone.
Are They Dangerous?
Like all wild creatures, raccoons can and will attack if they feel threatened or cornered. Since urban raccoons have become accustomed to being around people, they may appear deceptively comfortable in your presence until you make the wrong movement and are suddenly considered a hazard. Raccoons don’t attack without cause, but you don’t need to risk giving a raccoon a reason to feel as though it has no choice but to battle you.
Can They Carry Diseases?
Raccoons carried over 1/3 of those recorded cases of rabies in 2006. In addition to carrying rabies, raccoons also carry raccoon roundworms, which can be transferred to pets and humans via contact with the infected raccoon’s feces. Raccoons also carry a lot of other diseases, such as distemper, which pets can catch.
With raccoons that are in your house or structure, there’s always the chance of babies. It is important to hire professional pest management experts, like Pest Control Palm Bay FL to look after any raccoon removal to ensure that every raccoon is removed from your property prior to the entryways being patched up. Once they’ve removed the raccoon population from your attic or deck, wildlife removal experts will be able to provide you suggestions on the best way best to make your home more raccoon-proof and how to repair the damages caused by them.