About the Raccoon

It is that time again where the temperatures begin to drop during the night. Yes, pest control becomes a little bit easier because the insects seem to have disappeared; however, you may begin to experience some very uncomfortable issues with large animals entering the building to try and escape the cold. Of the animals that could possibly invade a house, the raccoon can be one of the biggest nuisance pests.

Raccoon Behavior in Urban Settings

RaccoonThe urban raccoon can be a fascinating sighting, but is of great nuisance to the community. They have learned to adapt well outside of its normal habitat and unlike in the past, a raccoon can use virtually use any urban setting to create a new habitat. Although most will not sleep in an urban setting, many will sleep nearby in the woods or in a forest and will explore the urban community to forage for food. Since the raccoon is normally a nocturnal animal, most people will not even notice that they have invaded the neighborhood. A food source for the raccoon can be fruit and insects as well as left over food that was disposed of in the garbage. If you have left the trash out for the night, you will most likely find that the trash has been broken into and spread out as the raccoon ravaged all the food that was left over inside the bag.

Even though most of the raccoon species will sleep in the woods that is close to an urban setting and only venture out to forage for food, this does not exclude some invaders from sleeping inside man made complexes. Abandoned buildings, attics, garages, commercial buildings, sheds, and even very large and hollow trees can be made into homes by this animal.

Human Interaction with the Raccoon

As one can imagine, direct contact with raccoons and the their invasion can cause conflicts that people are not accustomed to. A variety of issues arise ranging from raccoons and their argued dependency on the human race to disease and physical dangers to monetary conflicts.

One of the controversies in regards to raccoons is the deliberate feeding of and raising raccoons. There has been an arguable issue about the effects of feeding the raccoon. Some experts will say that feeding raccoons can cause them to become dependent on people or even obtrusive and more aggressive as they are conditioned to believe that humans are their source of food. Since raccoons do not naturally fear people, regular contact with people could have adverse effects and can be potentially dangerous if they become too aggressive.

When people think about the raccoon, they usually also think about rabies. One of the most infamous attributes of raccoons is disease. Not only can feral wildlife attribute to the transfer of disease, but feral wildlife like raccoons are hosts to another infamous pest – the flea. Rabies and other diseases can be of concern to homeowners. Do not approach aggressive animals and although not all raccoons will be contaminated with disease pathogens, you should take all precaution when encountering a wild animal.

Lastly, although raided gardens and ravaged trash bins are of great nuisance to homeowners, there are instances when raccoons invade a structure or house to make a new den inside an attic or crawlspace. The damages that can be caused the feces or nesting can cause a homeowner up to several thousands of dollars to remove the animal and repair the structure.

Raccoon Control

Killing raccoons without a permit in urban areas is usually prohibited in many states as to protect the wildlife. Exclusion and prevention are the primary methods of control around the urban area. Do not keep waste out of bins and if they are kept in trash bins, you must ensure that the bins can be kept closed. Make sure that all potential entry points can be sealed and remove branches that hang over the structure so that the bridge from trees to the house can be eliminated. If you have a raccoon inside the structure, we recommend Live Animal Traps, which are humane traps that will not kill the animal. Always take precaution when approaching wild animals as they can behave aggressively when they feel threatened. Always contact animal control and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us via email or phone at info@pestmall.com or 1-800-788-4142.




Date: Tuesday, 6. November 2012 18:27
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