The most notorious pest on the block, raccoons are the largest member of the procyonid family.
Despite their bad reputation as garbage eaters, raccoons are quite intelligent, able to remember the solutions to tasks for up to three years. No wonder raccoon problems are so difficult to control and solve!
Raccoons measure between 40-70 centimetres, with another 20-40 added from their bushy tails. Their body weight ranges with 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 our Wildlife Removal Service team says accurately depicts the animal’s reputation for mischief.
The dark mask actually reduces glare, giving them unmatched night vision.
Raccoons are highly dependent on their sense of touch. Their front paws are ‘hyper-sensitive’, giving them the ability to identify objects from mere touch.
The ring-tailed animals are equal opportunity denning machines – 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 viable home for a raccoon.
Raccoons, as you may have experienced, 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.
The best technique to get rid of raccoons is being proactive, preventing raccoon problems before they’re uncontrollable. This can be done through limiting access to foods, shelter, and water in and around your home.
Raccoon removal can also come in the form of exclusion, encouraging the pests to naturally find their way out of your home. 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.