Raccoons

Raccoon Removal

Description:

Raccoons are typically gray or black in color with pale grey coloring underneath, although sometimes they can be more red or white.  Their face resembles a black mask outlined in white.  Their tail has four to six dark brown or black rings on it.

Fun Facts:

  • Breeding Period: February - June
  • Gestation Period: 63 days
  • Litter Size: 3-7 offspring
  • Food: Omnivore diet including berries, acorns, baby birds, frogs and fish

Habitat and Habits:

Raccoons are found in all parts of Ohio in wooded areas near water.  Since raccoons are nocturnal they sleep during the day and forage for food at night.  Their dens are usually hollowed trees or logs or abandoned dens.  While raccoons do not hibernate per se, they do sleep for days even weeks during the cold winter months.

Common Problems:

Raccoons are very adaptive creatures. They enter through holes in soffits, gutter boards, attic vents, or uncapped chimneys, where they chew on house wiring, duct work, and insulation. Attics and chimneys are ideal dens for raccoons especially in warmer weather and overhanging tree limbs provide easy access to roofs.  They will enter your home through pet doors or opened garage doors searching for food.  Raccoons can cause destruction to your yard too by digging for grubs or worms, eating vegetables in gardens or getting into trash cans looking for food.  They will tear shingles and siding from your home and take shelter under desks, porches, and sheds. This situation can lead to a dangerous encounter with a pet or child, which could lead to transmitting rabies, canine distemper or parvovirus to pets or humans.  Visit our Wildlife Disease Page for more information

It is against the State of Ohio’s law to release or relocate any animal on the land(s) of another without a written permit from the landowner. Our wildlife specialists are available to safely remove these creatures from your property, so don’t hesitate to call Jay @ (513) 479-7271.

To learn more about Wildlife Removal Services’ animal removal and animal damage repair services, visit our Services Page.

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