Raccoons average in weight, about 10-30 pounds. They are about the size of an average housecat. They have black and white mixed fur, and have distinguishable black fur around their eyes, that looks like they are wearing a “mask”. Raccoons are about 2-3 feet in length.
Raccoons have legs that are shorter in the front than in the back, which makes them look like they are hunched over when they are walking.
Raccoons are nocturnal, so they are more active at night than during the daytime. They seek food, water, and shelter, and they will take up residence in areas where they find these 3 characteristics. They might live underneath a deck, near a shed or an outbuilding, or even inside your home, if they find a way in and feel relatively undisturbed. Raccoons can live alone, but are often found in pairs, or in multiples.
Raccoons can become aggressive towards people or family pets, especially if they feel threatened or trapped. They have been known to bite or scratch, and this may become a big problem, because they have also been known to carry diseases, such as rabies.
Your professional pest control specialist can help rid your property of raccoons by setting traps. He/she can also help you do preventative measures around your property that will help to deter future raccoons from invading your home and your property.
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