Raccoons
Raccoons in the attic, garage, or strange noises in your chimney? Raccoons living under your home? Those scurrying sounds in the attic, crawlspace and noises in a chimney may well be a raccoon. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective raccoon removal and exclusion services.

Identifying a Raccoon

Description & Appearance

Raccoons are considered pests because of their foraging and nesting habits. They are often associated with trash consumption and live in a wide range of habitats, including rural, urban, and suburban areas. Raccoons are notorious for their curious and shrewd natures.

These nocturnal animals are spotted regularly, most people have seen or encountered a raccoon to some extent. These animals are easily identifiable, thanks to their unique coloration, and typically: 

  • Weigh anywhere from 7 to 30 pounds depending on habitat  
  • Have black coloration that encircles their eyes and extends across their cheeks, similar in appearance to classic burglar masks
  • Reach 3 feet in length
  • Have gray fur with hints of brown 
  • Their tails display alternating rings of white and black down the length of the appendage
  • Compared to canines and bears most likely because all three animals' snouts, omnivorous teeth, and body proportions appear somewhat similar at a glance

Habitat

Raccoons often favor nesting locations that include forests, marshes, and prairies. However, extremely adaptable, raccoons are found in almost every climate, and region of the U.S. These nocturnal scavengers have been able to thrive in cities and suburbs due to their adaptive eating habits. Raccoons thrive on human trash alone in some cases, and a city such as Grand Rapids provides ample food and shelter for these animals. 

Entry

Male and female raccoons enter homes for different reasons. Males rarely invade homes unless by accident. Typically, they will only do so if natural food sources are limited. Females however, often enter attics, chimneys, and crawl spaces in search of nesting locations when they are pregnant with young and wish to provide shelter to their newborns. Raccoons are curious and are continuously searching for available food sources, which in some case leads to them entering property where they are not welcome.

Damage

As omnivores, the animals will eat most anything, including vegetation found in gardens and on farmland. The nocturnal mammals will destroy yards, gardens, and crops in search of food. They often also contribute to structural damage, as they are adept diggers. Furthermore, raccoons contaminate homes with their excrement and urine and are carriers of disease. They infamously target unsecured garbage receptacles and leave behind unsanitary messes. Raccoons have also been known attack livestock on occasion, such as poultry, and common house pets, like dogs and cats, as well.

Raccoon Control

Control and Safety

Feeding raccoons will only increase the chance of them entering your home and property. Property owners should employ simple methods of control, like securing trash bins with tightly fitted lids. Raccoons normally flee upon approach, but rabid individuals display fearlessness regarding humans. Infected raccoons may also foam at the mouth and move about erratically while baring their teeth. However, not all infected individuals act strangely, so people must always use extreme caution around all wild animals. The only way to stay completely safe from raccoon issues is to enlist the help of our certified, professional removal teams.

Trapping and Removal

Critter Control of Grand Rapids' specialists are experts at raccoon removal. Using the most advanced technologies and tools, our teams quell any animal problems plaguing your home. Utilize our extensive knowledge and expertise to fix your raccoon problems by calling us today.

We can help you get rid of raccoon problems!  Call the Critter Control of Grand Rapids office today! 616.202.2606

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