Raccoons are very common in Central Florida as they have adapted so well to living in urban areas. Many people find them adorable, but they have the strength and nimble hands to tear into areas in search of food shelter, leaving quite the mess. Stay on this page to learn more about proper raccoon control practices and more information about raccoons in general.
Common Facts About Raccoons
Raccoons are about the size of a small dog and are pretty well-known for their back mask and bushy ringed tail. Adult raccoons weight between 8 and 15 pounds. One thing you should know about raccoons as a Florida resident is that they are among the most intelligent of the area’s wildlife. They are quick learners and usually become active in the late afternoon and throughout the night.
Why Do Raccoons Infest Homes?
Like we said earlier, raccoons are intelligent and they are in constant search of food and shelter. Once they find a reliable source of food they will stick around. Raccoons feed on plants, fruits, eggs, small animals, and even garbage.
When Is Raccoon Baby Season?
The female raccoons have a 65-day gestation period and give birth to two to five kits usually in the spring. However, the mating season can fall anytime between January and June.
Do Raccoons Hibernate?
No, the raccoons do not hibernate. However, they can sleep in their den for weeks during the winter.
Are Raccoons Dangerous?
Raccoons are considered a primary carrier of the rabies virus in the United States. Just like foxes, skunks, groundhogs, and bats, the raccoons are “rabies vector species” which means they can carry the virus without showing any symptoms at all. Rather than that, raccoons are not considered to be dangerous for humans but they can easily do damage to your house, damage costing you a significant amount for repairs. This is why professional raccoon removal is the recommended way of dealing with an infestation issue.
Signs of Raccoon Infestation
- A strong smell of feces or urine.
- Damage to shutters, shingles, vents or scratches to outside property.
- Strange noises in your walls, attic or crawl spaces, especially during night hours.
- Numerous trees, branches or bushes abutting your house.
The most humane method to raccoon removal is using a live trap. However, if you are doing this yourself, you should regularly check the trap, and once you catch a raccoon, you must follow Florida’s legal guidelines on how to relocate the animal. We, at Total Pest Services, can save you the trouble as we can efficiently remove raccoons from:
- Mulch Beds
- Underneath Structures
- Tree Hollows
- Fence Lines
- Along Walls
Get in touch with us for professional and humane raccoon removal services in Orlando, FL!