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Raccoon Identification

Size: Up to 95 cm.

Colour: Grey to reddish-brown, with black rings around their bushy tails and faces.

Description: Round, furry creatures with a bushy tail covered in black and white rings and a black mask of fur that covers their eyes. The majority of their fur is grey or brown, with a stripe running from their forehead to their nose and white fur around their nose. They have black paws with five toes each.

Order/Family: Procyonidae.

Scientific Name: Procyon lotor.

Did You Know?

The most notorious pest on the block, raccoons are the largest member of the procyonidae family.

Raccoon Biology

Raccoons typically measure between 40 to 70 centimetres with another 20 to 40 added from their bushy tails. Their body weight ranges depending on a raccoon’s habitat making them one of the most variably sized animals.

The defining physical feature of raccoons is black fur around their eyes, contrasting with the white on their faces. People are reminded of bandit masks which accurately depicts the animal’s reputation for mischief. The dark mask actually reduces glare, giving them unmatched night vision.

Raccoon Behaviour, Diet, Habitat and Life Cycle

Raccoons are highly dependent on their sense of touch. Their front paws are hypersensitive, giving them the ability to identify objects from mere touch.

Where do raccoons live? The ring-tailed animals are equal opportunity denning machines meaning they’ll live in tree holes, fallen logs, or in your attic. Any location with a food source and a place to nest is a possible raccoon habitat. Just try to make sure the answer to “where do raccoons live?” isn’t your house.

What do raccoons eat? A raccoon’s diet is highly flexible, and they’ll eat almost anything. As you may have experienced, they eat fruits and plants often grown in human gardens or farms. They’ll also rummage through garbage cans for a cheap meal, even without the opposable thumbs required to lift the lid.

Despite garbage being the cornerstone of a raccoon’s diet, they are quite intelligent and are able to remember the solutions to tasks for up to three years. No wonder raccoon problems are so difficult to control and solve!

Wondering How To Get Rid Of Raccoons?

The best technique to get rid of raccoons and prevent raccoon damage is being proactive to prevent raccoon problems before they become uncontrollable. This can be done through limiting access to foods, shelter, and water in and around your home or business.

Raccoon pest control can also come in the form of exclusion, encouraging the pests to naturally find their way off your property. But because raccoons can carry diseases including rabies, this step is still best left to a wildlife control service once the raccoon infestation is identified. Remember, we specialize in humane residential and commercial racoon removal.

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