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Houston Humane Wildlife Removal: Raccoon Behaviors


One of the normal features of life in Houston is the presence of raccoons. This is a given considering that the animals are native to North America and have been in the area for longer than historical records reveal. Houston has everything raccoons love – ample wooded areas, shelter, food and water sources. The precocious furry foragers roam the region in survivalist mode with their adaptability and determination giving them the edge over other wildlife animals. Humane wildlife removal services can help Houston residents to resolve their raccoon related problems without causing unnecessary harm to the animals.

Raccoons Throughout The Seasons

During the winter, you can expect to see less raccoon activity in and around your Houston property. This is because raccoons use the cold season to rest and will only venture out when they need food, which will not be as often as the warmer months as they spend that time storing up fat reserves to help them endure the winter. That being said; never rule out the possibility of raccoon action on your Houston property during the winter because unlike many other wildlife animals, raccoons do not hibernate.

Houston’s temperature can become unbearably humid, especially during the summer months, but the region’s raccoons have the solution. They have been able to adapt by adjusting their habits to ensure that they suffer minimal exposure to the harsh heat. During the hotter days, they seek out dark cool dens in areas such as gutters, chimneys, sewers, attics, and barns. They also ensure that their dens are close to water sources such as lakes and rivers that can help them to stay hydrated and beat the heat by taking the occasional plunge (an easy feat as they are excellent swimmers).

Typical Raccoon Behaviors

Raccoons are nocturnal, which means that whether it is winter or summer, you should expect greater activity at night. This is why you may wake up to find your lawn covered with scattered garbage and your bin on its side. Their dexterous fingers and intelligence make it difficult to protect garbage bins from their assaults. They have breached most of Houston’s raccoon-proof garbage storing devices, indicating that they are not only clever but also pretty darned determined. In the attic, they systematically shred insulation and other materials in order to make their dens comfortable.

Raccoon in Den

A good example of the raccoons determination happened at an apartment building in North Harris County in 2017. The homeowner arrived to find her apartment broken into by raccoons who found there way in through an attic door. They managed to cause damage inside the home in an attempt to escape leaving the homeowner to deal with the mess. Read the full story here.

How to Keep Raccoons Away

Do not underestimate the intelligence of a raccoon though (if you’ve lived in Houston for a bit we’re certain you already know this though). Scientists have found that raccoons’ intelligence appears to be on par with that of three-year-old human beings. That’s saying a lot for a member of the wildlife community! To truly counter raccoons’ efforts at breaching your property boundaries, you need the experts.

Your ultimate defence against raccoons, however, is the humane raccoon removal experts at Skedaddle. Your Houston property will definitely be improved after our raccoon removal and prevention services which are thorough and effective while remaining safe for humans and wildlife alike. The Skedaddle service begins with a detailed and professional inspection that allows the technician to identify the vulnerable areas in your building as well as the extent of the intrusion situation if there is one. This is followed by careful removal of all raccoons and the application of techniques, strategies, and products that will keep raccoons away in the future.

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About the author:Bill is the owner and operator of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control – Houston. Graduating from Sam Houston State University, he spent most of the next years in residential property development, building, running subdivisions and mobile home parks.

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