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Part 1: 5 Facts About The Raccoon You May Not Have Known

Despite the fact that some find them adorable, raccoons can cause plenty of headaches for homeowners. This is especially true if raccoons make a home inside your house for winter. Raccoon removal is often the only option for many homeowners throughout Canada in such cases. Regardless of the fact that they can be nuisance wildlife, there are still many things about them you may not be aware of.

Here are 5 interesting raccoon facts:

  • Raccoons love city life
  • They are amazingly skillful
  • They have extremely high IQ levels
  • They can survive anywhere
  • They can move at astonishingly high speeds.

If You Live In A City, You Are Likely Going To Need Professional Raccoon Removal Services 

They love the city life regardless of the fact that they originated in natural and earthly habitats. Raccoons are found high concentrations in most big cities in Canada, with Toronto even being one of the world’s most raccoon populated cities. Why is this the case? There are two main reasons, the first being that raccoons are omnivores and will eat just about anything that cities have to offer, including insects, slugs, dead animals, birds and bird eggs, as well as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Not to mention the food they find in garbages. Secondly, raccoons are incredibly adaptable when it comes to den sites meaning they are able to find in shelter in an around all the man-made structures that cities have to offer. If they decide to take up residence in your attic, garage or shed you will need professional raccoon removal services. 


Raccoons Have Some Amazing Skills 


Most people who have had the opportunity to observe raccoons are aware of their amazing abilities. These masked animals are very skillful and can climb structures with ease as well as the unique ability to descend head first. It’s not well known, but raccoons are also excellent swimmers and can spend several hours at a time in water. Their powerful and dexterous paws allow them tear into garbage cans and create openings into house. And while dancing and clapping might not inspire you to give up raccoon removal from your home, it is still quite the proof of their learning abilities.

They Also Happen To Be Extremely Smart 

When speaking of mammal intelligence, one typically places humans at the top of the scale, then great apes and then monkeys. However, did you know that raccoons score average IQ levels just below monkeys? That’s not all. They are also known to have evolving methods of thinking and intelligence. They are able to use problem-solving skills and critical thinking to overcome obstacles, and can also learn from past experiences.

They were even considered for lab testing because of their notable intelligence alongside monkeys and rats at one point. But, they were discarded because they were too strong-willed, adaptive and smart. You might want to keep this in mind the next time you want to remove raccoons from your home or property! Luckily, the technicians at Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control are well aware of this, which is why they are your best option for professional removal services.

Powerful raccoon paws mean they can easily damage shingles and roofs to gain access

Powerful raccoon paws mean they can easily damage shingles and roofs to gain access

One Of The Biggest Problems When Removing Raccoons: They Can Survive Almost Anywhere 


Raccoons can very easily adapt to foreign environments. They were originally found in tropical areas but were able to migrate to urban and mountainous regions alike. Although their average life expectancy in the wild is only two to three years, in captivity they are known to survive up to two decades. The reason for such low life expectancy in the wilderness is numerous roadkill incidents which occur due to the expansion of highways and roads, though studies have shown that raccoons generally avoid crossing major traffic arteries to avoid cars.

Raccoons Can Also Be Super Fast


These critters are always on the move when searching for food. Scavengers by nature, raccoons also happen to be very fast runners. They can run up to 24 kilometres per hour and that’s while climbing up and down trees! They can also remain completely unharmed if dropped from a height of 35 to 40 meters. In order to meet their dietary needs, they are able to catch prey and swim to escape predators equally well. That is exactly why removing raccoons from your property requires expert knowledge and experience that comes with professional wildlife removal services like Skedaddle.

Raccoon Removal Options: Skedaddle Is THE Way To Go 

Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control is a company that has successfully been solving raccoon removal issues for more than two decades. Having helped thousands of homeowners to date, they are the go-to resource for helping you rid your home or property of these super smart and adaptable masked critters. Contact Skedaddle today and let the professionals use their expertise to rid you of pesky raccoons effectively and reliably.

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