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5 Interesting Facts about Raccoons you may not have known

The raccoon is a mammal native to North America that is considered an omnivore, eating both plants and animals. Even though raccoons live in dens in wooded areas, they do come into neighbourhoods and can gain access to your home. Raccoons use their small paws to gain access to attics or crawlspaces and make dens in your home, raising babies and exiting the home at night to search for food. Raccoons are unique creatures and the more you learn about them, the better prepared you will be to avoid a raccoon infestation in the future.

Raccoons climbed this brick corner to pull open the aluminum soffit and get into the attic

By learning more about raccoons, you can learn how to avoid having these creatures in your home. Raccoons can be dangerous as they can bite and scratch as well as carry diseases. With raccoon removal, the animal will be removed from the home in a humane way, avoiding any disease or defensiveness from the creature.  Learn more interesting facts about raccoons below.

Lifespan can be Short

Raccoons have the ability to live in the wild for 16 years. However, many raccoons do not live past two years old due to predator deaths by coyotes, foxes, and wolves. Raccoons may try to find solace in your home in order to avoid detection by predators. The number one predator for urban raccoons is traffic.

Paw prints on a garbage can raccoons had visited many times for a bite to eat


Raccoons can weigh 12 to 35 pounds and as much as 50% of their body weight consists of fat. Raccoons like to eat garbage, so it is important to keep your trash cans closed and locked tight so that the creatures do not have access to an instant food source.

Distinct Markings

Raccoons are known for their distinct markings which include a mask like face and ring markings on the tail. Five to seven rings will appear on the tail in an alternating pattern. These distinct markings help individuals to determine if a creature is a raccoon.

Agile Climbing

These creatures are known for being agile climbers. Because of this, they can use trees or piping to gain access to your home. Being able to climb well helps the raccoons avoid predators and build dens in your home.

Intelligent Animals

Raccoons are considered intelligent animals. They are quite skilled and can use their small paws to open doors and trash cans. This is how they are able to enter your home or find a food source in your neighbourhood. Raccoons are also colour blind but their hearing and sense of smell are great which help the creatures to roam freely, finding food and creating families.

These are just a few of the interesting facts about raccoons. By learning more, you can find out their habit and be able to recognize when the creatures are in your neighbourhood and possibly be gaining access to your home.

At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, you will find that our technicians are highly qualified to handle raccoon infestation needs. When you find that a raccoon is living in your home, contact our professionals for quality raccoon removal in Toronto. We can help you remove the creatures and put preventative measures in place so that you do not have to worry about raccoons in your home in the future.

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