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What do raccoons look like?

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Adult raccoons grow to be about the size of a typical housecat; they are about 2-3 feet in length and they weigh between 10 and 30 pounds. Raccoons are probably most known for their black “mask” of fur that covers their eyes. Raccoons have a fluffy black and gray ringed tail and their stocky body is covered in salt and pepper colored fur. The raccoon’s hind legs are longer than their front legs which makes them appeared to be hunched when walking.

When are raccoons most active?

Raccoons are nocturnal which means that they are most active during the overnight hours. Raccoons are most active in the spring, summer and fall seasons; they tend to sleep away most of the winter in their warm dens.

What attracts raccoons?

Raccoons are drawn to properties that offer them plenty of access to their basic needs- food, water, and safe shelter. Pet food, unsecured garbage, compost piles, and vegetable gardens can all attract raccoons to a property. It is very common for raccoons to seek shelter for the winter inside of homes; they may also invade a home or other building in the spring in order to have a safe place to nest and raise their babies in.

raccoons hiding in shed

Where are you likely to find raccoons?

Raccoons prefer to live in wooded areas that are close to water sources; however, as humans have greatly expanded our habitat, raccoons have had to expand theirs. Raccoons are very commonly found living in suburban, urban, and rural environments. They often take up residences outside of homes underneath of decks, sheds, and inside in attic spaces and wall voids.

Are raccoons dangerous or destructive?

Raccoons unfortunately are both a dangerous and destructive pest. When living inside of a home or other building raccoons have the potential to cause extensive structural damage to homes. Raccoons can become very aggressive; if they become cornered or feel threatened while living in your home or on your property they may lash out and decide to bite or scratch. Raccoons are common carries of rabies.

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