Raccoons have extremely dense underfur and very sensitive fore
paws. They have shown the ability to remember tasks up to three
years later. They also have shown the ability to adapt to the urban
||Grayish, brownish coat and masked face
||small to medium size animal with slightly rounded ears and dark rings on tail
||Head & Body length 16 to 28 inches, Weight - 7 to 19 pounds but can range from 4 to 30 pounds
Raccoons are basically nocturnal but will forage during the day.
Their food consists of a mix of vertebrates, invertebrates, and
plant material. They will engage in social behavior with other
raccoons but they are usually thought of as being solitary.
They usually thrive in sparsely wooded areas in the past but have
become adapted to urban life readily. Raccoons prefer tree hollows
of dead trees or rock crevices to sleep or build litter dens in.
They will nest in attics or crawl spaces of structures.
Raccoons can carry rabies and roundworm. The roundworm can be
contracted by workers not wearing breathing protection while
cleaning the bathroom area of raccoons. Fleas and other parasites
may be associated with raccoons nesting in the attic or crawlspace.
They cause damage to structures when creating an entry into the
attic or crawl space.
Raccoons can be prevented from entering the structure by performing
exclusion methods. Exclusion methods entail using metal flashing,
metal mesh to cover any and all possible entry routes or in some
cases re-construction of the entry area.