Raccoons are nomadic, but only within a marked territory. Raccoons do not dig or make nests but prefer to mark locations, remembering them as available shelters. They will sleep in abandoned burrows, the crooks of trees, empty crawl spaces, underneath porches, and within attics. Raccoons roam around in rural or urban areas, finding food where they can and scouting new locations. Raccoons will eat almost anything, including insects, fruit, vegetables, and small animals, if necessary. They are also notorious for raiding garbage cans.
They are primarily nocturnal creatures, although nursing mothers can roam during daylight hours for food or shelter. Daylight behavior is not a good indication of rabies, but foaming at the mouth, erratic movements, and distress are a solid indication that the animal is affected.
Problems with Raccoons
Raccoons are notorious “backyard bandits”, rummaging through garbage cans, popping kiddie pools, and generally causing mayhem. They can also carry diseases and bacteria and can be a serious concern if they frequent a property or backyard.
Prevention of Raccoons
Raccoons want two things: food and shelter. Here is a list of preventative measures:
- Make sure all spaces around or under your home are carefully sealed or fenced off. Raccoons will sleep under porches or in attics if there’s a way in.
- Make sure your garbage areas are controlled and tidy, and all lids or closures are secure.
- Don’t leave pet food out at night.
- If you do have any abandoned burrows in your yard, fill them in.
These steps will keep raccoons from becoming too comfortable in your yard or home.
Safely Controlling Raccoons
Raccoons can generally be dissuaded from frequenting your backyard if you deter them from sleeping or eating. If you do have a problem with raccoons in your yard, there are multiple methods of removing them. It’s always best to call a professional pest control expert, as they can choose the most effective way to rid your yard of these backyard roamers, ensuring the animals are permanently removed in a safe way.
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