Raccoons develop their distinctive mask when they are ten days old. Although they’re admired for their intelligence and ingenuity, these attributes are also what make raccoons so destructive when they decide to live in your home. This nocturnal species prefers to make its den inside warm and dry attics, chimneys, crawl spaces and roof areas. Because distinguishing healthy raccoons from those infected with rabies is difficult, professional removal is always necessary.
Raccoons sleep away the short days and cold nights of winter snuggled inside a warm den. Because they spent fall gorging themselves on food, most have a thick layer of fat that allows them to enjoy this rest for up to a month at a time. On mild days, they make forays to eat or socialize and then return to their cozy burrows.
Beginning in January, the lazy mood of winter gives way to thoughts of the opposite sex as the raccoons’ hormones stir them into longer excursions away from their burrows. Furry masked visitors to your property in early spring are likely shelter-seeking pregnant females, who are focused on providing secure homes for their babies. Excluding raccoons at this time is a gentle way of letting the animals know that your attic, garage, basement, or porch are off-limits as a nursery and that they should look elsewhere for a den.
Raccoon mothers need safe and secure places to stash their babies away for up to 10 weeks after they are born. A litter of up to eight crying raccoon babies can cause homeowners plenty of sleepless nights. As they grow up and begin to explore they can cause severe damage to attic insulation and make things pretty smelly with their urine and feces. For more information on preparing your home for baby raccoon season or if you suspect you may already have unwanted house guests call us today. We will help ensure that your home is not a potential daycare for these cute but trouble-making babies.
By late May, raccoon babies born in the spring are almost fully weaned from their mothers. This process takes approximately 70 days from the time they are born. As the summer progresses, their mother will take her babies out to teach them how to forage for food, and how to survive in urban neighbourhoods. While young raccoons will technically be able to survive on their own, they generally stick with their mother until winter, and sometimes through winter to the following spring.
Even though raccoons do not hibernate, they do spend most of the winter sleeping away in their dens. During late summer, raccoons will eat more than their usual amount to gain body fat to keep them warm and help them survive long winter stretches without eating.
Raccoons, like most wildlife, craft multiple dens in an area so they can move around depending on the weather, food availability, and predators. In the summertime, raccoons spend more time in their cooler summer den sites, such as below decks and sheds. As their babies mature, raccoon families might outgrow smaller dens, and move on to their next home. Homeowners might notice the remnants of raccoons on their property, but assume the animals have moved on. This may be the case temporarily, but raccoons will remember their previous den sites as the weather cools down in the fall. If there are no preventive measures taken, you may be openly inviting these critters to return for warmth when winter returns.
Our Wildlife Technicians are trained to identify all raccoon entry points into your home. Using specialized hands-on techniques, our Wildlife Technicians will humanely and strategically remove all adults and their babies because this is the most effective and economical method. Mother raccoons are then re-united with their babies using a heated baby box that will allow her to safely relocate the litter to one of her multiple den sites.
Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s wildlife removal strategy is humane, safe and reliable. Part of our process involves clearing and cleaning any contaminated material that can cause serious health risks. It’s important to have the contamination removed professionally because raccoon feces is commonly infected with a type of roundworm (Baylisascaris) that can cause serious illness if their resilient eggs are accidentally ingested. Your Wildlife Technician will advise cleaning and clearing tactics, like insulation repair and attic restoration, depending on the severity of contamination. This will help ensure that your home remains safe for you and your family.
Part of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s process involves securing your home against future raccoon intrusions. Keeping in mind their dexterous paws, your Wildlife Technician will prevent re-entry into your home by identifying and sealing all potential openings using heavy gauge screening. With over three decades of experience, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has the skill and know-how needed to keep even the most determined raccoon out of your attic or chimney. Our Wildlife Technicians specialize in ensuring that your home and family are protected as part of the Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control customer service experience.
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Raccoons are sometimes referred to as “masked bandits” and are often admired for their intelligence and ingenuity. These traits also make them quite destructive to homes and businesses. Because of their size, intelligence and health risks, they should be dealt with very carefully.
FACT: Raccoons most often like to make dens in chimneys, roofs, and attics, especially over bedrooms where it tends to be quieter. They are nocturnal (i.e. active at night), making them quite a nuisance when homeowners are trying to sleep.
FACT: Raccoons have very manipulative paws, which mean they can open jars, garbage cans, and even door latches. They are also quite strong and will rip up shingles, soffit, flashing, and aluminum.
FACT: Mother raccoons will do just about anything to get to their young if separated and will also try very hard to get back into a den site. The babies (kits) can also be quite curious and destructive once they are mobile.
FACT: The mother instinct in raccoons is very strong and they will cause major damage if separated from their young.
FACT: Raccoons will chew through electrical wires to clear access to a den site
FACT: Frayed wires pose a serious fire hazard, especially if close to flammable materials like wood or insulation.