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Raccoon — Procyon lotor.

Perhaps Mother Nature’s most adorable muggers and found throughout the country, these medium-sized four legged mammals are natural bandits, as befitting a critter that uses a black mask and adorable antics to conceal an uncanny knack for becoming a nuisance that requires control in many neighborhoods accross the country.

Ranging in weight from 12 to 35 pounds, raccoons have masked faces and bushy ringed tails. Nocturnal by nature, they will never-the-less make occasional forays into the daylight, raiding an available garbage can or otherwise intruding in our lifestyles.

Delightful to observe in many natural settings, due to their playful attitude and an endless foraging for food and man-made treasures. Raccoons present a real threat when they cross over into our world. They can carry numerous infectious diseases like rabies, along with fleas, ticks and lice, not to mention mange, encephalitis, histoplasmosis, tuberculosis, roundworms, and canine distemper. Many of these conditions can be readily transferred to children and family pets alike. For these reasons and many more, raccoon removal and raccoon control should be left to our animal control professionals.

Raccoons have a very diverse diet, and will gladly eat anything from fruits, berries, amphibians, eggs, and insects. In the wild, raccoons typically nest in hollow logs, tall trees or abandoned tunnels. When they leave their natural environment, the issues really arise. Try waking up one morning to discover your garbage cans raided, and you will probably guess on the suspect. Urban raccoons cause the bulk of homeownership woes, since they frequently find our homes very accommodating. They’re often found living comfortably in some of Oakland County's finest attics, walls, chimneys and under decks. Raccoons don’t hibernate, choosing instead to remain active all year long. They are, however, less active in the country's colder months.

Raccoon Trapping, Control and Removal

Raccoon removal and control can be a challenging task. Some raccoons have become trap wise or trap shy. Raccoons are intelligent and are very good at using their hands. They can steal bait, turn traps over to get at the bait, avoid tripping the pan, or avoid the traps all together. We carry multiple types of raccoon traps to utilize depending on the scenerio. Non-lethal traps include: Raccoon live traps, raccoon chimney traps, raccoon nose-cone traps. Occasionally, raccoons can be captured using a animal control pole.

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