Raccoons are classified as a pest species because of their ability to adapt easily to human-dominated landscapes, which in turn contributes to their expansion in numbers and range and the need for raccoon pest control. The most distinguishable characteristics of the raccoon are its black mask across the eyes and bushy tail with anywhere from four to ten black rings. The forepaws resemble slender human hands and make the raccoon unusually dexterous.
Raccoons are nocturnal and are seldom active in the daytime. During extremely cold, snowy periods raccoons have been observed sleeping for long periods at a time, but do not hibernate. Raccoons will not travel any farther than necessary and will only travel far enough to meet the demands of their appetites. That is why raccoons easily adapt to live in almost any setting that has an abundance of food and water. Although they can be found in urban and suburban areas they also prefer moist woodland areas. However, we have performed raccoon pest control procedures in a wide variety of areas. Raccoons are omnivores and opportunistic, taking full advantage of whatever their habitat has to offer them for food and protection.
Raccoons generally have one litter per year with litters ranging in size e from 3 to 7. Mating season is from February through June, with most mating in March.
The most common complaints are their feeding habits that are damaging to farmers and their crops, they carry diseases that are transferrable to humans and pets and they tend to inhabit human dwellings in urban and suburban areas. In urban and suburban areas, Raccoons opt for living in the attic or underneath a deck rather than a den in the woods and forage for food by tipping over garbage cans, stealing pet food or bird seed out of feeders. Some have been known to tear open screens or enter through pet doors in order to find food.
For these reasons, many people wish to have a raccoon pest control specialist trap and remove this nuisance animal.
Wondering how to get rid of raccoons?
Like squirrels, there is no device or spray that deters the Raccoon from entering onto your property but you can prevent them from entering your home or burrowing under your deck or porch. Through trapping and the use of exclusion techniques, such as trenching or sealing of entry points, you can control and prevent any further damage. Catseye provides a full home inspection and a thorough trapping strategy for raccoon pest control.