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Why Raccoons Could Try to Break In This Fall and How to Stop Them

September 12, 2018


As the air becomes cooler and the days begin to shorten, your home can appear ever more appealing to warmth-seeking pests. In fall, raccoons are one of those pests. With winter approaching, raccoons are out searching for a place to make their dens and hunker down for the colder months of the year. Sometimes, in their search for a warm den for themselves, raccoons will use your home as a safe place to mate and have their cubs. this is a major issue for any homeowner.

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As the air becomes cooler and the days begin to shorten, your home can appear ever more appealing to warmth-seeking pests. In fall, raccoons are one of those pests. With winter approaching, raccoons are out searching for a place to make their dens and hunker down for the colder months of the year. Sometimes, in their search for a warm den for themselves, raccoons will use your home as a safe place to mate and have their cubs. This is a major issue for any homeowner.

Contrary to popular belief, raccoons do not hibernate during the winter. Instead, they go into an extended sleeping period called torpor. This sleeping period ends any time the environment around them gets warmer. In torpor, raccoons may sleep for a week or more, at a time, in winter, but their temperature and heart rate do not drop as it does in animals that truly hibernate. Because of the warmth inside your home, raccoons who create a den there won’t enter a sleeping period, and will instead cause damage all throughout winter if they are not dealt with.

Your home can appear like a great place to settle in for a number of reasons, but the two biggest reasons are food and shelter. If you aren’t careful, you can often cause your home to look even more appealing to raccoons than it already is. Some of the mistakes to avoid include leaving your trash cans unsealed and letting pet food sit outside overnight. Both of these mistakes provide raccoons with an easily accessible food source and encourages them to stay longer. Shelter is another big reason why raccoons will choose to make a den inside your home. You may even be helping them without realizing it. By failing to seal off easy access points such as chimneys, attics, or crawl spaces, many homeowners are making it easier for raccoons and other pests to find their way in. By simply removing food and shelter sources, you can greatly reduce the chances of a raccoon deciding to invade your home.

If you find raccoons living in your home, always call a professional immediately. Never try to handle your pest problem alone. Although raccoons may look non-threatening, they can become aggressive very easily when they are cornered or think you are a danger to their cubs. Raccoon bites are not only extremely painful but often carry diseases such as rabies as well. At Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions, our professionals know exactly how to remove a raccoon from your home quickly and humanely. We will also inspect your home to locate and seal any areas that could allow more pests into your home in the future. Along with removing pests from your home, we will also repair any damage they may have caused, to ensure your home is just as safe and comfortable as it was before.

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