Raccoon Traps For Raccoon Control
Identification and Description
Highly intelligent animals, raccoons (often misspelled racoons) are mischievous and will eat nearly anything. Often additionally referred to as a coon, they are stocky mammals about 2 to 3 feet long, weighing between 10 to 30 pounds (although there are reported cases of raccoons being up to 40 or 50 pounds). Marked distinctively with a prominent black mask over the eyes and a heavily furred, ringed tail, raccoons are typically salt-and-pepper gray, though some are actually yellow.
With the exception of higher elevations in the mountainous regions and some areas in the Southwest, raccoons are found all over the United States. They prefer hardwood forests, particularly those near bodies of water, however raccoons are adaptable and can also be found in human living areas like farmsteads and livestock watering areas. They create dens and nests in hollow trees, barns, abandoned buildings, haystacks and rock crevices.
Diet and Feeding Tendencies
Since raccoons are omnivorous, they adapt to the surroundings where food is readily available. When they begin to come into human territory, they gravitate toward areas where there is garbage or pet food left outside. They are known to consume poultry and birds when they are accessible, as well as their eggs. In garden and farming regions, raccoons feed on crops like watermelon and corn.
Damage and Raccoon Control
Raccoons make nuisances of themselves and create damage in a variety of ways, and are fairly easily identified by their tracks. Damage to poultry farms by raccoons can be significant, as can the destruction of crops and gardens when raccoons find that food is easily attained.
Raccoons seek refuge in homes and businesses especially in attics or chimneys and in areas where garbage can be raided for food. In many urban or suburban areas, raccoons have adapted to make chimneys adequate substitutes for more traditional hollow trees. Often they will tear off shingles and destroy roofs so they can gain access to an attic or wall space.
To find earthworms and grubs, raccoons will even roll up freshly laid sod and may return repeatedly once they know the opportunity for food is in a specific area.
Recently identified as a significant host for rabies among wild life, reports of diseased animals have increased dramatically over the past 30 years. A lot of the increase in reports is directly related to a broadening of racoon populations in the eastern United States.
Raccoon Traps can be effective when raccoons become a pest control problem. However, it is important that you locate professionals who are educated and practiced in the safe removal of raccoons in your area. Contact us for assistance in finding a company that can help solve your raccoon control and removal problems in a timely and humane manner.
Animal Control - Interesting Facts
An adult rat can squeeze into a hole in your house as small as the size of a quarter.