Raccoons are one of the more common nuisance animals that we deal with here at Wildlife Abatement but there is surprisingly little raccoon information available. Over time with human development the raccoon has become well adapted to the urban environment. Due to their fur-bearer classification and their tendency to carry rabies and other diseases, in most areas special permitting is required for trapping and removal of raccoons.
Raccoons are primarily nocturnal, although in some rare circumstances they can be seen during the day. Adult raccoons range in size from approximately two to three feet long and weigh approximately 10 to 20 pounds. They are omnivorous, eating both plant and animal foods, insects, and pretty much anything else they can find.
Raccoon mating season last from January through March in most of our service areas, which includes the Shreveport Bossier City area as well as Barksdale Air Force Base LA, Haughton LA, Benton LA, Keithville LA, Coushatta LA, Greenwood LA, Stonewall LA, Elm Grove LA, Ringgold LA, Minden LA, Ruston LA, Natchitoches LA, Marshall TX, Longview TX, Texarkana TX, Kilgore TX, Henderson TX, Nacogdoches TX, Mount Pleasant TX, El Dorado AR, Hope AR, Magnolia AR, Texarkana AR . Raccoons will typically have their young 1-2 months later. An average raccoon litter consists of approximately 4-5 pups.
Raccoons can commonly be found nesting in tree hollows, attic spaces, chimneys, and other construction voids. Typical entries into homes include attic vents, soffit vents, rotten fascia boards, and in a few rare cases we have seen raccoons enter homes straight through the decking and shingles of the roof! Usually access to the roof is gained by scaling a gutter, pool cage, or a tree.
Other common complaints that we here at Wildlife Abatement receive related to raccoons include: raccoons in the attic, raccoons damaging sod, raccoons knocking over trash cans, and raccoons defecating on pool decks and in pools.
The Wildlife Abatement staff are experts in raccoon removal, raccoon control, raccoon proofing, attic restoration and damage restoration. Let us be your source for raccoon information. Typical solutions include:
- An inspection to identify damage and potential entry points
- Trapping and removal of the offending animals
- Exclusion of any potential entry points
- Removal of fecal matter and damaged insulation
- Cleanup of biological attractants
In case you’re really interested in raccoons, here’s some more in-depth raccoon information on them:
Diet: Rarely do you see a raccoon turning down a meal. Technically speaking, they’re omnivorous and opportunistic carnivores. In plain English, that means they pretty much eat everything that becomes available to them. During the spring you’ll likely find them gnawing on animal matter such as: crayfish, fish, arthropods, amphibians, reptiles, a few small mammals and rodents, birds, and eggs. In the summer and fall they like grains, acorns, nuts, and fruits. In the winter months raccoons survive on the fat they’ve packed on over the year with an occasional meal here and there.
Life Expectancy: In general, raccoons in the wild live from 5 to 8 years. Raccoons that are captive and being cared for tend to live a bit longer: 8 to 13 years. These aren’t hard and fast rules, though. There have been reports of wild raccoons living up to 16 years and captive raccoons up to 21 years.
Diseases: While these little masked bandits certainly are cute when young, they tend to make terrible pets as they age. It’s not recommended to ever keep a raccoon as a pet. They’re a wild animal by nature and eventually those wild tendencies emerge. Raccoons living in the wild have a high risk of carrying rabies. You should never handle or come close to wild raccoons. If you are ever scratched or bitten, immediately scrub your wounded area in warm soap, completely flushing out the wound. Follow up by calling your physician and your local health department.
If a raccoon enters your home, make sure to call Wildlife Abatement at (318)553-3006 – even if the animal is dead when you find it. Raccoons are prone to being infected with roundworms which can live in their droppings. It is suggested that you avoid touching or inhaling raccoon droppings at all costs.
Even More Interesting Raccoon Information
- Raccoons get their name from an Algonquian word that means “he who scratches with his hands”
- Adult raccoons usually don’t weigh above 21 pounds; however, the heaviest recorded raccoon was 61 pounds
- Raccoons are nocturnal, meaning they are active during the night and sleep away most of the day
- Raccoons mate primarily during January and February. This results in a lot of babies being born in the spring
- Baby raccoons are called kits or pups
- Raccoons are most closely related to bears
- Raccoons do over 22 million dollars of damage each year in home owner insurance claims
- Once a Raccoon takes up residence at your home, It will not just leave. Raccoons are very territorial and will defend their “home” with great vigor
Some interesting Facts about Raccoon Damage:
- Most damage comes from the raccoons entering a attic of a home
- They damage Insulation, Duct Work, sheetrock, wiring and other house components
- Raccoons can cause damage to yards and mulch beds, by digging for grubs and beetles
- Raccoons that are defending their homes can kill house hold pets such as dogs and cats in order to protect their young
So, if you suspect raccoons in the attic, or have raccoons constantly raiding your trash cans, or if you are looking for more raccoon information you should definitely call the raccoon removal specialist in the Shreveport Bossier City area at Wildlife Abatement at (318)553-3006
What is our Raccoon Removal service area?
Raccoon removal specialist serving Shreveport LA, Bossier City LA, Barksdale Air Force Base LA, Haughton LA, Benton LA, Keithville LA, Coushatta LA, Greenwood LA, Stonewall LA, Elm Grove LA, Ringgold LA, Minden LA, Ruston LA, Natchitoches LA, Marshall TX, Longview TX, Texarkana TX, Kilgore TX, Henderson TX, Nacogdoches TX, Mount Pleasant TX, El Dorado AR, Hope AR, Magnolia AR, Texarkana AR