What is that scratching sound? What’s that crazy noise coming from your attic or crawl space? It might just be a raccoon. If you want to be able to fight the enemy you first have to know what to look for. Here at Green Army, we want you to be prepared. So, here’s everything you ever wanted to know about raccoons but didn’t know you needed to ask.
That’s a Raccoon
Raccoons are pretty easy to identify. They’re medium sized creatures, about 24 to 35 inches long with a ringed tail and a black mask. They actually look kind of cute, but looks can be deceptive. You shouldn’t approach one on your own.
Raccoons are nocturnal creatures, meaning they pull off most of their shenanigans at night. They’re curious beasts with a penchant for exploring (a.k.a. knocking over) trashcans to get to the food inside. If you regularly find your trash scattered about in the morning, there’s a good chance a raccoon was the culprit.
They normally like to live in hollowed out trees or logs near bodies of water. They do find themselves in populated areas frequently on their search for food and shelter. They may have their preferences, but they’ll use any existing structure to build a den if they have to – a structure such as your home. They have been found in attics, chimneys, barns, and under porches.
The most frequent signs of a raccoon in your area are damaged lawns as they look for worms and grubs, or raided trash cans.
What They Eat
Raccoons aren’t very picky – they’ll eat meat or plants. They often live on berries, seeds, nuts, acorns and grains such as corn. They also like to eat small animals such as frogs, mice, snails, fish, crawfish, and clams. They’ll eat chickens and chicken eggs too, so be on the lookout if you have a chicken coup. If you have an outdoor pet they’re not above pillaging their food bowls either.
How they Reproduce
We told you this was everything you never knew you needed to know! Raccoons live in family groups and are actually very social animals. They mate in February and March, with it taking about 60 days for new little raccoons to make their entrance to the world. On average, a mother raccoon has three to five babies per litter. When they’re about two months old, they’ll then start going out with their mother to look for food. The family will stay together for about a year, sure to cause trouble wherever they go.
Do You Have an Infestation?
The signs of a raccoon infestation are pretty easy to spot – you’ll see them! They also tend to overturn your trash cans, leave partially eaten things in your garden and cause structural damage getting in and out of wherever they’ve made their home in and around your property.
What You Can Do
First and foremost, you need to get better trash cans. If you don’t provide a food source for them then they may determine they don’t want to stick around, so get those trashcans with animal-proof lids to keep them out. Also, make sure your house is sealed up tight. Don’t give them access points to the chimney or attic by using a heavy screen or cap on these areas.
If you have questions about how to keep raccoons out of your home and off your property, contact the experts at Green Army today! greenarmypest.com