Raccoon Removal, Trapping & Exclusion
PORTLAND OR – VANCOUVER, CAMAS & LONGVIEW WA
Raccoon’s are dangerous, resourceful, adaptable and intelligent wildlife animals. They…
- are typically between 2-3 feet long, weighing approximately 10-30 pounds.
- have distinctive black markings around the eyes, and alternating dark and light rings around its tail.
- have paws that are capable of opening almost anything.
- have been known to successfully turn door knobs, open garbage cans, open windows, and open garage doors!
- can swim and climb trees, and often stand on their hind legs to inspect object
Raccoons are nocturnal animals, which means they are the most active during sunset to sunrise, but it is not uncommon to see them foraging during the day to take advantage of alternative food sources. They are also active throughout the entire year. Their life expectancy is between 1-4 years.
Identification: The raccoon is a 2- to 3-foot long stocky mammal weighing 10 to 30 pounds. It is furry with distinctive black-mask markings around its eyes and light and dark rings around its tail.
Feed on: The omnivorous raccoon will eat fruits, berries, nuts, acorns, corn, and grains as well as crayfish, clams, fish, frogs, snails, insects, turtles, rabbits, muskrats, and the eggs and young of ground-nesting birds. In urban areas, they will also scavenge in garbage cans and compost piles and eat pet food left outside.
Habits: Raccoons are active year-round and is well adapted to human environments, where it will harbor in backyards, beneath decks and crawlspaces, and in attics and chimneys. Because they are nocturnal, raccoons can go undetected for some time.
The Problem: Raccoons can damage homes in search of nesting sites – ripping off shingles, fascia or vents to get in, destroying insulation once inside, and staining and causing odor issues with their urine. In addition, they can carry ectoparasites that can then infest the attic and other parts of the house. Raccoons are known to carry diseases and internal parasites, including rabies and roundworm.
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Common Questions About Raccoons
Where do raccoons typically nest?
You can find raccoons nesting in variety of places on your property. In urban areas, they typically nest in hollow trees, attics, crawlspaces, chimneys, tree crotches and beneath decks to name a few.
What do raccoons typically eat?
Raccoons have a varied diet that includes invertebrates, plants, vertebrates – and anything in your garbage can! These animals consume invertebrates more than anything else, however they are not picky eaters as they will eat anything they can get their paws on. Popular dietary options include snails, bugs, fruits, vegetables, birds, turtles, rabbits, birds and their eggs.
Are raccoons dangerous?
Raccoons carry infectious diseases, and internal parasites including rabies and roundworm. These animals should never be approached, because they will attack to defend themselves. They have sharp claws and teeth and are very agile, which helps them fight off larger animals.
How should I take care of a raccoon infestation?
Please call Pioneer Pest Management right away to help you with your raccoon infestation problem. Our highly trained professionals can help you eradicate your pest problem in a timely and humane fashion. We highly discourage you from attempting to solve this problem on your own. Raccoons are dangerous animals, and their removal is best left to professionals who are ready and capable of handling this complicated task.
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