Humane Capture and Removal of Nuisance Raccoons
Raccoons do very well in suburban and urban environments. They use our structures for living quarters and to raise young. Having raccoons frequently visiting your property may pose many health risks as raccoons are a carrier of rabies and their feces contains parasitic raccoon round worm. So its best to stay away from raccoons and their feces. Raccoons will den inside of chimneys, attics, crawl spaces, under sheds, decks, and hollow trees. They often rip through roof vent and gable vents to access attic spaces, they rip through roof structures where softened wood has been found to access structures. In the spring females will often break into homes to have their young. Often customers will think they have birds in their chimneys in the spring but its usually the chattering of juvenile raccoons. We are called out to remove locate and remove adult raccoons and their young when present.
The raccoon, a medium-sized mammal, is easily recognizable, with a bushy tail with alternating black and gray rings, a black face mask outlined in white, and a distinctive humped posture. Raccoons can vary in weight from 12 to 36 pounds, with some exceptionally large individuals reaching 50 pounds. They range in length from 23 to 38 inches, including a 7–16 inch tail. Tracks left by raccoons are easy to identify, as they are quite similar to human handprints and footprints, with five toes and a comparable shape. Raccoons are known for their dexterity. They are capable of turning doorknobs and opening containers.