Raccoons, sometimes referred to as “masked bandits”, are often admired for their intelligence and their ingenuity. But these traits also make them quite destructive to homes and businesses. Raccoon damage can be costly and their average weight is 12 to 20 lbs. (5.5 to 9 kg.) which makes it difficult to get rid of raccoons. Because of their size and intelligence they should be dealt with very carefully.
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 aluminium.
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.
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.
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