RACCOON INFORMATION

CAPTIVE RACCOONS HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO LIVE FOR MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS. ​HOWEVER, THE SPECIE'S LIFE EXPECTANCY IN THE WILD IS ONLY 1.8 TO 3.1 YEARS. THE MOST FREQUENT NATURAL CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE NORTH AMERICAN RACCOON POPULATION IS DISTEMPER, WHICH CAN REACH EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS AND KILL MOST OF A LOCAL POPULATION. THE MOST IMPORTANT NATURAL PREDATORS OF THE RACCOON ARE BOBCATS, COYOTES AND GREAT HORNED OWLS, THE LATTER PREYING ON YOUNG RACCOONS. HOWEVER, PREDATION IS NOT A SIGNIFICANT CAUSE OF DEATH, ESPECIALLY SINCE LARGE PREDATORS HAVE BEEN EXTERMINATED IN MANY AREAS INHABITED BY RACCOONS.

CAPTIVE RACCOONS HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO LIVE FOR MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS. ​HOWEVER, THE SPECIE'S LIFE EXPECTANCY IN THE WILD IS ONLY 1.8 TO 3.1 YEARS. THE MOST FREQUENT NATURAL CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE NORTH AMERICAN RACCOON POPULATION IS DISTEMPER, WHICH CAN REACH EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS AND KILL MOST OF A LOCAL POPULATION. THE MOST IMPORTANT NATURAL PREDATORS OF THE RACCOON ARE BOBCATS, COYOTES AND GREAT HORNED OWLS, THE LATTER PREYING ON YOUNG RACCOONS. HOWEVER, PREDATION IS NOT A SIGNIFICANT CAUSE OF DEATH, ESPECIALLY SINCE LARGE PREDATORS HAVE BEEN EXTERMINATED IN MANY AREAS INHABITED BY RACCOONS.


WHILE OVERTURNED WASTE CONTAINERS AND RAIDED FRUIT TREES ARE JUST A NUISANCE TO HOMEOWNERS, IT CAN COST SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS TO REPAIR DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE USE OF ATTIC SPACE AS DENS. DUE TO IT'S ADAPTABILITY, THE RACCOON HAS BEEN ABLE TO USE URBAN AREAS AS A HABITAT. 


​RACCOONS CAN CARRY RABIES, A LETHAL DISEASE CAUSED BY THE NEUROTROPIC VIRUS CARRIED IN THE SALIVA AND TRANSMITTED BY BITES. UNLIKE RABIES AND A DOZEN OTHER PATHOGENS CARRIED BY RACCOONS, DISTEMPER, A EPIZOOTIC VIRUS, DOES NOT EFFECT HUMANS. ALTHOUGH INTERNAL PARASITES WEAKEN THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEMS, WELL-FED INDIVIDUALS CAN CARRY A GREAT MANY ROUNDWORMS IN THEIR DIGESTIVE TRACT WITHOUT SHOWING ANY SYMPTOMS. THE LARVAE OF THE ROUNDWORM, WHICH CAN BE CARRIED IN THE FECES AND SELDOM CAUSES A SEVERE ILLNESS IN HUMANS, CAN BE INGESTED WHILE CLEANING RACCOON LATRINES WITHOUT WEARING BREATHING PROTECTION.


 

 RACCOON TRAPPING AND REMOVAL

THERE ARE SEVERAL METHODS USED TO REMOVE RACCOONS. TRAPPING WORKS WELL IN MOST SITUATIONS , HOWEVER SOMETIMES MORE DRASTIC MEASURES MAY HAVE TO BE TAKEN. WE ARE EXPERTS AT REMOVING THEM USING A KETCH-ALL POLE AND CONTAINER.  AND WHEN A MOTHER HAS BABIES , SHE WILL USUALLY BALK AT GOING INTO A TRAP. IN THIS SITUATION WE USE A NATURAL CHEMICAL THAT WILL MAKE HER REMOVE HER  BABIES AND TAKE THEM OUT OF YOUR BUILDING.

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