The raccoon, a.k.a the masked bandit, is a stocky mammal about 2 – 3 feet long and weighing anywhere from 10 – 40 pounds. Raccoons are omnivorous, eating both plants and animals. Plant foods include all types of fruit, berries, nuts, acorns, corn, and many more. Animal foods include fish, frogs, snails, mice, rabbits, eggs of birds, and more. Contrary to popular myth, raccoons do not always wash their food before eating. Raccoons can be found playing in pools and stealing fish from ponds. Raccoons breed mainly in February or March but can also occur from December through June. The gestation period is about 63 days. Most litters are born in April or May but can be as late as June, July, and August. Raccoons only have one litter per year with an average of 3 – 5 young.
Raccoons are nocturnal. Raccoons do not truly hibernate, but they do "hole up" and become inactive for several days during severe weather. Damage by raccoons can be identified by decapitated birds, dead poultry, stolen fish, and trash cans overturned. Raccoons can cause costly damage to the homeowner when they try to seek entrance into an attic space or chimneys, which is commonplace for the female to build her nest. All this being said, we must understand that raccoons and other wildlife are being forced to adapt to the intrusion of humans in their homes. Let the professionals at Global Pest Solutions has been humanely trapping raccoon for over 12 years, let us help you solve your nuisance wildlife problems with an approach that is good for both the homeowner and the raccoons.