Raccoons may be cute, but they can cause quite a raucous and are known to get aggressive. They are perhaps most well known for tipping over trash cans in search of food but are also known to nest in your attic, under the eaves of your rooftop, or at the top of your chimney. It goes without saying that no one wants these creatures on their property. At Ja-Roy Pest Control, we know how frustrating it can be to deal with these wild animals, which is why we’re proud to provide raccoon trapping and removal services.
Frequently Asked Questions About Raccoons
Raccoons are about two to three feet long with white, black and grey bodies. They have pointed ears and a striped tail, and are commonly distinguished by their “mask” of black fur around their eyes. They have small human-like hands with sharp claws.
Raccoons can be heard making a variety of sounds, such as growls, snarls, screeches, chitters, and more. They’re also often heard rummaging through trash cans and old garbage, and even more unfortunately, scratching and scurrying through walls and attics.
Out in the wild, raccoons avoid contact with humans and pose little threat. When raccoons live in residential areas, however, they can feel on edge and show more aggression. Raccoons are filthy and can expose you to various diseases. In addition to the health hazards, raccoons can also cause significant damage to your property:
- If determined enough, raccoons can enter your home through the chimney or roof and cause significant structural damage in the process.
- With their sharp claws and teeth, they can easily damage your siding, insulation, wiring, and many other structures.
- If a raccoon decides to chew on your electrical wiring, you could find yourself without power or at a high risk of starting a fire.
Yes, raccoons are nocturnal, which means they are most active during the night. This doesn’t mean you won’t see them out during the day, though – raccoons will stay out in the sun if they need to find extra food for their young, if they’re looking for a new place to live, or when finding the right timing to avoid a would-be predator.
Raccoons are omnivorous, which means that they will eat plants as well as other animals. They have been known to eat nuts, berries, fruits, grains, fish, insects, small rodents, eggs, and whatever other delicacies they can find in our garbage cans.
Raccoons will generally avoid altercations with formidable opponents, but when they feel threatened or provoked, they are capable of attacking viciously. They have sharp claws and teeth, and put your cats and dogs at risk of serious injury, or in some cases, death. These attacks are rare, however, and even more rare are their attempts to attack humans.
No, raccoons are not rodents. They are sometimes mistaken for rodents, but raccoons are actually mammals belonging to the order Carnivora. Although this name means “meat eater,” raccoons have been known to feast on foods way outside of their preferred diet. Other carnivora include cats, dogs, wolves, bears, skunks, otters, seals, and more.
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