You have probably seen these furry creatures on viral Youtube videos in your social media feeds. By now, they probably epitomize mischief and cunningness, as seen in various clips captured all across the world. Raccoons are largely found in North American territory. The animal has a grayish coat with a thick underfur to protect it from North America’s harsh winters. The three most salient characteristics of raccoons include (1) its adroit paws (you have seen in most videos how human-like these creatures can hold food or objects in their hands), (2) its facial mask, (3) and its ringed tail in grey undertones. These little animals are known for their high intelligence—studies show raccoons can actually remember solutions to problems they have mastered for up to 3 years. Raccoons are mostly nocturnal, which means they wreak havoc on properties and houses at nighttime. The animal’s diet usually consists of both plant and animal material and are largely considered as omnivores in the Animal Kingdom.

Why Are They a Nuisance?

Given the flexibility in a raccoon’s diet, these unwanted visitors will pry open your garbage cans, chicken coops, pet homes, or gardens in search of food. While their diet consists primarily of both plant and animal material, most raccoons are largely attracted to prey found in water sources such as crayfish, frogs, clams, fish, and snails. Water sources are a great attractor of raccoons into one’s household, as the animal equates these to potential food sources. Some homeowners have reported seeing raccoon families swimming in their backyard pool.

The marked high intelligence of these animals often makes physical deterrents such as motion-activated lights or sprinklers ineffective in keeping such creatures at bay. Raccoons are able to find patterns around what they consider there food source, hence, do-it-yourself instalments to prevent raccoons from scavenging and destroying your property for food are usually short-term and unsuccessful.

Raccoons can cause a series of damages to your home such as scratching delicate surfaces of your property for food, ruining your perfectly manicured lawn, picking fruits from your bearing trees, contaminating and stealing your pets’ food, burrowing through your house for shelter and the list goes on and on. Further, given its unpredictable source of diet, raccoons may breed worms and parasites within them that can be transferred to your loved ones. The transfer of bacteria and other diseases can be made through direct contact or through urine and feces that can be found on the property. Reports of rabies have also been circulated in most states, with raccoons often infecting beloved pets. When it senses threats and danger, the raccoon may also bite and fracture your furry companions at home.

Techniques for Wildlife Removal

Here at the HH Wildlife Removal services company, we deal with this kind of nuisance on a daily basis. We make sure that we get rid of raccoons in the most humane way possible and as compliant as can be to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Trapping License guide. There are several ways to keep these animals out of your home. First, there is physical removal, which can be done hands-on, or by a live trap that humanely catches the animal. Second, there is deterrence that makes the area they call home unsuitable for their liking. Seeking professional services from trusted wildlife animal removal professionals is a good way to ensure that these little beasties do not target your property or wreak havoc on your much-prized home. Contact Us for more assistance.