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Understanding Raccoon Behaviors to Help Avoid a Fall Infestation

The mischievous-looking little animal that is found all throughout Milwaukee, can indeed do some genuine damage to your home. It can weigh anywhere from 11-57 pounds and on average they can live for five years. The furry scavenger has a black band of fur around its eyes, which is a good match for its thief-like character and behavior. There’s more to raccoons than what meets the eye and you shouldn’t be so easily fooled by their small size, you will need to employ a bit more work to learn how to deal with raccoons on your property. Aside from the simple strategies you can do, such as cleaning and maintaining your property, a professional Milwaukee animal control company is the best solution for any current or future raccoon issues.

Raccoon found in the chimney!

What You Should Know About Raccoons

They are mostly grey.  Much of their body is covered in grey fur and their face often has black fur around the eyes. They also have a large thick tail which has anywhere from 5 to 10 black rings on it. Males are only slightly heavier than females, and those who inhabit the northern latitude tend to be more developed than those who inhabit the south.

They need a comfortable place to survive. Just like every other animals, raccoons need clean and steady sources of water and food. They also need safe shelter, which increases the likelihood of one of these critters being drawn to your property. When you factor those necessities together, it’s easy to understand why they would find a human home appealing, as it provides almost perfect living conditions.

Raccoons mate between January and June. This is the time when you can expect females to try to find shelter on your property,  as they seek a safe place for their pups. Raccoons are known to have litters of between 3 and 7 pups. If for any reason their natural habitats become compromised, like development or deforestation, they’ll look for the nearest shelter. You need to be careful during the time from fall to early winter because this is when females will give birth and often make dens in homes.

Raccoons target attics. Throughout the year, raccoons might break into attics as they make a perfect place for living. It could be for various reasons, from looking for a warm shelter during the winter to looking for a safe place for their pups.

Watch for baby raccoons on your property. When the experts remove raccoons from your home they make sure there are no babies left behind.  Raccoons babies are born deaf and blind, completely defenseless and are reliant on parental care for survival. Mothers are fiercely protective of their babies. They’ll not only try to get back to them by any means but can also become aggressive if confronted.

Raccoon babies removed from homes are reunited with their mother so that she can raise them in one of her other den sites

Turn to Skedaddle Milwaukee for Raccoon Repellent Strategies

Aside from being smart, protective and aggressive when sheltering their dens, raccoons also carry rabies and other infections. If you suspect a raccoon invasion in your Milwaukee home, the safest thing to do is to call Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. Our experts will employ prevention, repellent and exclusion strategies to keep your home safe.

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About the author:Marcus is the owner and operator of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control – Milwaukee. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Marcus combines the academic training (M.S. Wildlife Biology, UW Madison) with the field training and skills to be successful in resolving wildlife conflict for home and business owners.

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