• All About Raccoons

    13 Mar 2012

  • The raccoon is an interesting animal because of its very adaptable nature. It can live almost anywhere because their diet allows for it.  They will raid nests to eat the eggs, fish with their fast strong hands, or even dig up insects from beneath the earth. That isn’t all. When looking for a snack, raccoons aren’t afraid to snag a frog, munch on crayfish, or dig through a person’s trash cans. Despite this latter habit, raccoons are rather neat eaters. They prefer to keep their food and their nests clean, often taking the time to rapidly dunk food in water to rinse it before eating.

    Gulfstream Environmental Services often uses this knowledge to their advantage, suggesting that homeowners spray nests found inside the home with ammonia to make the raccoon turn away. However, it is always safest to call pest control services in West Palm Beach to get further help and advice on how to get invaders out and keep them out in the future.Lawn Care Services    Gulfstream Environmental Services

    A nocturnal way of life means that raccoons rely on finding tight, dark spaces to hole away during the day. In nature, this would come in the form of holes in trees, rotted logs, and similar spaces. However, with a growing raccoon population in cities and other populated areas, the species has begun seeking out less traditional nesting places in barns, sheds, and even attics.  West Palm Beach pest control services are frequently called in to rid homes and properties of the creatures.

    Each year, in the early summer months, a female raccoon prepares to give birth to a litter of babies. She may have just one, but could have as many as seven offspring at one time. She will keep them in her nest and care for them for about two months. At that point, the miniature raccoons will begin to explore on their own. In the warmest months, raccoons and their babies eat as much food as they can get their hands on in order to build up fat stores for the winter months. This is especially true in colder climates, where food might be more difficult to find.

    The average raccoon will live about three years in the wild and will reach a full size of up to three feet and twenty-three pounds, which explains their frequent eating habits. With sharp teeth and tough hands, the raccoon is a species that is best avoided. Though they do fear humans, those that are sick or that feel threatened are likely to attack.