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Raccoons and Raccoon Removal

If you have, or suspect you may have a raccoon problem, please call Wildlife Solutions at 1-800-932-7287 to talk to one of our experts.You can also contact us here.

Raccoons are one of the more common nuisance animals that we deal with here at Wildlife Solutions. Over time with human development the raccoon has become well adapted to the urban environment. Due to their fur-bearer classification and their tendency to carry rabies and other diseases, in most areas special permitting is required for trapping and removal of raccoons.

Raccoons are primarily nocturnal, although in some rare circumstances they can be seen during the day. Adult raccoons range in size from approximately two to three feet long and weigh approximately 10 to 20 pounds. They are omnivorous, eating both plant and animal foods, insects, and pretty much anything else they can find.

Raccoon mating season last from January through March in most areas. Raccoons will typically have their young 1-2 months later. An average raccoon litter consists of approximately 4-5 pups.

Raccoons can commonly be found nesting in tree hollows, attic spaces, chimneys, and other construction voids. Typical entries into homes include attic vents, soffit vents, rotten fascia boards, and in a few rare cases we have seen raccoons enter homes straight through the decking and shingles of the roof! Usually access to the roof is gained by scaling a gutter, pool cage, or a tree.

Other common complaints that we here at Wildlife Solutions receive related to raccoons include: raccoons damaging sod, raccoons knocking over trash cans, and raccoons defecating on pool decks and in pools.

Wildlife Solutions' staff are experts in raccoon removal, raccoon control, raccoon proofing, and damage restoration. Typical solutions include:

  • An inspection to identify damage and potential entry points
  • Trapping and removal of the offending animals
  • Exclusion of any potential entry points
  • Removal of fecal matter and damaged insulation
  • Cleanup of biological attractants

NOTE TO HOMEOWNERS: Often times raccoon services are covered under home owner’s insurance policies.

For more information please call 1-800-932-7287 or see our What We do and Pricing pages.

In case you're really interested in raccoons, here's some more in-depth information on them:

Diet: Rarely do you see a raccoon turning down a meal. Technically speaking, they're omnivorous and opportunistic carnivores. In plain English, that means they pretty much eat everything that becomes available to them. During the spring you'll likely find them gnawing on animal matter such as: crayfish, fish, arthropods, amphibians, reptiles, a few small mammals and rodents, birds, and eggs. In the summer and fall they like grains, acorns, nuts, and fruits. In the winter months raccoons survive on the fat they've packed on over the year with an occasional meal here and there.

Life Expectancy: In general, raccoons in the wild live from 5 to 8 years. Raccoons that are captive and being cared for tend to live a bit longer: 8 to 13 years. These aren't hard and fast rules, though. There have been reports of wild raccoons living up to 16 years and captive raccoons up to 21 years.

Concerns / Problems / Diseases: While these little masked bandits certainly are cute when young, they tend to make terrible pets as they age. It's not recommended to ever keep a raccoon as a pet. They're a wild animal by nature and eventually those wild tendencies emerge. Raccoons living in the wild have a high risk of carrying rabies. You should never handle or come close to wild raccoons. If you are ever scratched or bitten, immediately scrub your wounded area in warm soap, completely flushing out the wound. Follow up by calling your physician and your local health department.

If a raccoon enters your home, make sure to call a wildlife professional - even if the animal is dead when you find it. Raccoons are prone to being infected with roundworms which can live in their droppings. It is suggested that you avoid touching or inhaling raccoon droppings at all costs.

Interesting Facts:

  • Raccoons get their name from an Algonquian word that means "he who scratches with his hands"
  • Adult raccoons usually don't weigh above 21 pounds; however, the heaviest recorded raccoon was 61 pounds
  • Raccoons are nocturnal, meaning they are active during the night and sleep away most of the day
  • Raccoons mate primarily during January and February. This results in a lot of babies being born in the spring
  • Baby raccoons are called kits or pups
  • Raccoons are most closely related to bears