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Signs Durham Residents are Dealing with Raccoon Guests

If you’re waking up each morning to the sight of garbage strewn all over your yard or bits of lawn ripped and torn up, these could be clear indications you have a raccoon on your property. Making raccoon removal one of the top priorities for Durham residents. We’re discussing the signs that raccoons have invaded your space.

Raccoon Behaviour as Fall Approaches

Raccoons mate during the period of January to June, with activities typically peaking around February.  As fall approaches the female raccoons seek warm dens to give birth and nurse. Baby raccoons remain in gestation for a little over sixty days. After birth, they remain with their mothers for up to twelve weeks, after which they seek out their own dens. As fall gets closer, the cool temperatures trigger raccoons to seek out warm spaces to spend the long cold season.

Raccoons are nocturnal and do most of their food gathering at night.

Raccoon Signs During Cold Seasons

You can safely assume that a raccoon is living somewhere in your home if you notice the signs below:

  • You hear ‘foraging’ sounds outside and inside your home.
  • You wake up to find that your garbage is overturned and ransacked each day.
  • You notice tracks (raccoon tracks resemble tiny human hands) and scratches around your property.
  • You hear ‘raccoon calls’. Raccoons make a purring sound. Snarling and growling sounds are also attributed to raccoons.
  • Raccoon droppings on your property. Raccoon droppings appear crumbly and flat toward one end and sometimes you can see traces of food in it. These droppings often carry dangerous bacteria and can be found at the base of trees since the animals habitually defecate before climbing. Indoors, you will find the droppings some distance away from the den as raccoons have catlike bathroom habits.

Why DIY Removal is Discouraged

You don’t want to meddle with wild raccoons that have taken refuge on your property for multiple reasons.  Primarily, wild raccoons could possibly be infected with diseases like rabies and you don’t want to make a bad situation worse. Additionally, if you opt to confront a wild raccoon you may end up being injured or incurring greater damage to your property, especially if this raccoon is a nesting mother. Like many other wild animals, nursing raccoons are very protective of their young and will become aggressive if threatened. It is important to note that a raccoon found indoors during the winter is possibly nursing a litter of baby raccoons and DIY removal of the mother in this situation endangers the young ones.

Soffits are one of the most common entry areas for a raccoon.

Get Expert Assistance

For expert humane raccoon removal, Durham residents can turn to Skedaddle. With our expert service, you can be assured that all resident raccoons will be removed from your property along with the biological evidence they leave behind. We offer cleaning and clearing services which ensure that your home is purged of all bacteria and viruses associated with a raccoon infestation. We top it all off with a protective service which is designed to discourage all future raccoon invasion attempts.

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