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Raccoons aren't as sneaky when entering your attic as a rodent. A Florida raccoon can easily peal open several areas on your roof and make its way in. Often customers will call us and say "I heard what sounded like a person walking in my attic last night". When there is more than one raccoon in the attic, the raccoons often “wrestle” around. It can be pretty scary to hear it coming from right overhead

 

Spotting a raccoon entry point is normally pretty easy because they leave much larger holes. The soffit at your roof joint is the most common point of entry for raccoons; although other areas are possible. Raccoons are very handy with their front paws and will aggressively shove their way into the soffit, or pull it out and leave it hanging. A damaged soffit is always a bad sign.

 

When a raccoon has infested your attic, a Rodent Solutions technician must first remove the raccoon before any repair or pest proofing can begin. After the raccoon is removed, we perform a complete pest proofing exclusion to prevent the return of any of his raccoon relatives. We will then determine if there is enough damage and health dangers to your family to warrant suggesting a full attic restoration (See our page on attic restorations for more info).

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Raccoons in the garden? Here are tips on how to combat these masked bandits!

Raccoons are nocturnal feeders that eat your sweet corn, though they also eat fruit trees, peas, potatoes, and grubs.

Even though wild raccoons prefer areas with trees and a source of water, more and more of them are raiding gardens because gardens are an easy source of food.

How to Identify Raccoons in your Garden

If your lawn has a lot of holes in it, or your mulch pile has a lot of holes, you probably have a nightly visitor. Raccoons will dig up lawns and mulch piles looking for insects to eat. They will also empty bird feeders as well, so keep an eye on those to see if you have a raccoon problem.

Of course, if you have corn, there's nothing more infuriating than finding stalks topped and ears ripped open and half eaten. (Even more frustrating is the idea, offered by animal researchers, that raccoons are wasteful because that don't really like sweet corn all that much; in fact, they seem to prefer sunflower seeds, dog food, and sardines.)

The persistence and proliferation of raccoons has inspired many solutions; one of them is bound to work for you.

How to Get Rid of Raccoons

  • Build a good fence around your garden. Beware though, raccoons are agile and intelligent; make sure your fence will keep them out. You may need to install an electric fence. This is a good measure. A two-wire fence, with one wire four to six inches above the ground and the other at 12 inches, should be effective.
  • If your raccoon problem is persistent, you can set live traps in your garden and release the animal at least three miles away (check local and state laws first). Raccoons will eat virtually anything; try fish-flavored dry cat food, chicken necks, ears of corn, or whole peanuts for bait.
  • Keep a dog in the yard—a good dog who doesn't mind the night shift. This will save you a lot of corn, but, on the other hand, you may be too tired from lack of sleep to pick it.
  • To keep racoons at a distance, try scattering blood meal around corn plants. Try sprinkling wood ashes around your plants.
  • Grind up garlic, mix it with an equal portion of chili powder, and spread it around the garden. Frequent applications are needed.
  • One reader says, “Hang shoes and clothes that smell of human perspiration around your garden or corn patch. Similarly, “You can try to repel raccoons by putting dog hair or human hair around the garden.”
  • Tune a radio to a rock station and set it in the middle of your garden and/or corn patch. Leave it on all night. The noise will scare away the raccoons.
  • Put lights in the garden. A bright lantern will sometimes keep Sun-shy raccoons away.
  • Plant enough corn for man and beast alike.
  • If your home is near your garden, remove any possible food sources from the area, including pet food and bird seed. Buy garbage cans with locking lids and keep inside a garage if possible. Keep pet doors sealed shut between dusk and dawn. Cap your chimneys. Seal any holes or gaps in attics and roofs.
  • Grow tall varieties such as 'Silver Queen', 'Kandy Korn', and 'Lancelot'. Taller plants bear their ears higher, causing raccoons trouble getting leverage to topple stalks and ravage them. They prefer shorter plants.
  • Add some pinwheels and streamers to your garden to scare the creatures.
  • You can also plant squash around your corn or other plants to deter raccoons; they don't like walking on the prickly squash vines.

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Shaun Hart recently came across came across a band of raccoons with an uncanny knack for imitating the iconic "Whack-A-Mole" arcade game.

Every time one masked critter would pop up to look around, another one would lower its head, and so on and so forth, until the whole thing looked ridiculously comical. Are these a bunch of Pixar raccoons or something?

"Pardon the shaky camera," Shaun writes on his Facebook post. "I was laughing too hard to hold it still."

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Raccoon’s revenge! This raccoon and cat got into a fight on the deck and when the cat successfully chased the raccoon away, the raccoon tried to retaliate with a water sprinkler! Adorable.

That raccoon was so smart! How did it do that?

YouTube user Mike Bell wrote that it is a wild raccoon.

Adorable Raccoon Fights Enemy Cat With A Sprinkler - So Funny! (VIDEO)

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Raccoons

The rascally raccoon is a rather handsome mammal easily recognized by the black mask across its dark eyes and a long, bushy ringed tail that is about 1 foot long and has five to eight rings around it.

Male raccoons are a little larger than females. The animal’s length can be from 16 to 30 inches, and they weigh from 14 to 20 pounds.

Raccoons have dense gray/brown fur. Because their back legs are longer than their front legs, they appear to have a hunched back when walking or running. Each paw has five toes with claws at the end. The front paws are 2 to 3 inches in diameter, while the larger back paws are 3 to 4 inches across.

These cuties have the reputation of washing their food, but this is only partially true. They manipulate and moisten their food when in the water, but they use these same motions when out of the water. With their sensitive front paws, they are merely rubbing and feeling their food, which can be anything from fruit, eggs and garbage, to rodents, frogs and insects, and, of course, cat food.

I shouldn’t have been too surprised to see a raccoon eating out of a container in the grass at Wendy’s on U.S. Highway 1 in New Smyrna Beach in May. It looked like cat food that probably had been put out for feral cats.

In case you’re ever on a quiz show, be wise and know that the male raccoon is called a boar, the female is a sow, and the young are kits. Also, their name translated from Latin means “one who washes.”

Raccoons live up to six years in the wild in most of North America and all the way south to Panama. They live in tree cavities or burrows in forests or urban areas. They rest most of the day to have energy for foraging at night.

January through June is breeding time. After a 65-day gestation period, the mom has two to five babies, and she raises her family alone. The youngsters stay with their mother for about 14 months.

Surely everyone knows that these rascals, like all wildlife, should not be fed, even though feeding them may seem harmless. Also, they do not make good pets, another taboo temptation.

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The Internet is showing signs of loving raccoons almost as much as cats, but it may cost everyone their sanity.

Apparently the woman leaves cat food on her deck, and a specific racoon gets upset when the food bowl is empty.

Apparently the woman leaves cat food on her deck, and a specific racoon gets upset when the food bowl is empty. But instead of taking his feelings, checking into a room, only to find Gideon's Bible, this Rocky Raccoon learned that if it took a rock and repeatedly knocked on the glass doors of the house, the owner would eventually feed it again. | Photo Credits: Courtesy: YouTube

BLACK MOUNTAIN HILLS OF DAKOTA — As everyone well knows, the Internet is run purely on cat videos, pictures and memes, according to no research.

That being said, other animals receive more that a little Internet love, including animals that are considered to be scavenging pests in suburban settings. Yes, I’m speaking of the black-eyed, ring-tailed racoon.
I will fully admit that raccoon's do puppy dog eyes better than most puppy dogs, and they have their adorable and funny moments.  While they do have a cute value, they are still wild animals — smart and dexterous wild animals — which is exactly what leads to a very loud and annoying raccoon problem.

Apparently the woman leaves cat food on her deck, and a specific racoon gets upset when the food bowl is empty. But instead of taking his feelings, checking into a room, only to find Gideon’s Bible, this Rocky Raccoon learned that if it took a rock and repeatedly knocked on the glass doors of the house, the owner would eventually feed it again. In fact, the video description says the raccoon will roll a rock on the window for hours.

The woman says she thinks this is cute, but to me it’s the raccoon equivalent of a small child saying “mom, mom, mom, mom” for hours to constantly get her attention. (Or when poor Jimmy Stewart is having a terrible day at the beginning of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” if you prefer.)

But hey, as long as this raccoon is harassing that lady and not me, this situation is pretty hysterical.
Source: http://swampscott.wickedlocal.com/
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Raccoon hunting on its way back

It's a little surprising sometimes how a man can get caught up in a particular sport, pursue it with enthusiasm for long years, then gradually leave it and turn to something else.

It happens though, and for me raccoon hunting is a prime example. I hunted these little masked bandits back in the early '70s and well into the '80s, and in those days it seemed everyone hunted coons.

Drive the country roads at night once the season arrived, and you'd find a pickup or two at half the woodlots passed, usually with an open-doored dog box. And on quiet nights the lonesome chop of a hard hunting black and tan or similar breed seemed to resound from all directions.

There was a peak in there somewhere when raccoon pelts started selling for $15 even $25 or more apiece, and then everybody including old Aunt Minnie was out there hunting. The animals were scarce with such heavy pressure and two a night was considered better than average.

Then furs went down to almost nothing, and many got out of the sport. These days only a few diehards roam the midnight woods, and coon are thick as fleas on an old dog. There's no limit on how many can be taken in most states.

I'm sorry that the sport has gone downhill, because some of my finest memories are of night-time coon hunts. It wasn't just a hunt, but a total experience, a blend of many sensory things. Like the smell of kerosene burning in a little lamp, and the rich odors of wet dog and stirred up leaves. I remember the crackle of ice as we walked through half frozen puddles, and that first hesitant chop as a fine little hound opened on a hot track.

The stars I'll always remember because on a crystal clear, cold night they shone like diamonds above and the Milky Way flowed off to the horizon. I'll never forget the frenzied barking when a dog treed his prey either, and we hurried to the scene with flashing lights among the branches.

Then at hunt's end we often stopped at one friends house who'd pour small treasured glasses of 10-year-old dandelion wine, and make a cheese plate with crackers for a late-night snack. We'd discuss the hunt, slip pieces to the little mountain cur at tableside, then go home to well-deserved rest. It was a great sport.

There's a chance that raccoon hunting is coming back, at least a little. I talked to a fur dealer recently, and he hopes to open this year buying prime large raccoon for a few dollars each. He thinks that late coon, full furred from cold weather might bring a little more. That's enough to pay for dog food, at least. And I'm hearing of sponsored hunts again, including one recently that drew nearly 50 hunters.

We badly need raccoon hunters and trappers these days, and not just for sport, but to trim the animal's populations. They're so thick in places that one trapper told me of taking 18 out of a single woodlot, and road kills are everywhere.

When populations grow, chances for rabies, distemper, and other diseases grow too, and they can become a real nuisance when they move into your own garage, house, chimney, or attic seeking warmth and dog food from Rover's bowl. But while they need to be thinned, that shouldn't be your reason for hunting. A clear night, a good dog, and wind rustling falling leaves should be enough.

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HESTERFIELD, Mo. (KMOV.com) - A Chesterfield man said droves of neighborhood raccoons have invaded his property over the years, causing nearly $29,000 in home repairs.

Keith Easley said for three years, he and his family have lived next door to a man who has been feeding stray cats. In return, Easley said the food has attracted more than 60 raccoons in and around their house.

"They made a nest underneath the bath tub and were peeing and pooping all over our kitchen..." said Easley.

The unwanted animals have caused plenty of damage, leaving the Easley family with costly repairs.

"Right now, we've spent like $29,000 dollars, and that's counting our life savings, home loans. It is just devastating," said Easley.

Easley's neighbor is on 6 months probation for violating a city ordinance that deals with feeding animals, according to police. Authorities also said there is currently no evidence to support the feeding attracted raccoons.

Easley said he has considered getting security cameras to catch the raccoons in action, but said it's too costly.

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_ A cute raccoon aims to be the next animal featured in a tide of unlikely friendships when it tries to play with chickens.

The raccoon tries to get the attention of the birds that are adjacent to it's cage in this adorable footage.

By sliding repeatedly left to right, it seems the raccoon hopes to get some play time.

The chickens ignore the raccoon's advances and continue to preen themselves, appearing completely disinterested

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FAMILY AND PET HEALTH RISKS

Raccoons are the primary host of a very dangerous roundworm called Baylisascaris procyonis. Roundworm eggs are passed in the feces of raccoons. Raccoons leave there their droppings in shared sites called latrines. Once a raccoon has made its way into your attic, your insulation becomes its new latrine area leaving you vulernable to its roundworm.

The millions of eggs that are excreted by raccoons are not immediately infectious. The eggs will develop in the environment for 2 to 4 weeks. Once fully developed, the eggs are able to cause infection. Roundworm eggs are resistant to the most sever conditions, and with moisture, can survive for years.

Young children and the mentally disabled are particularly at risk for raccoon roundworm infection as they tend to put their fingers, soil or objects into their mouths. Humans become infected by ingesting fertile eggs. Once inside the body, roundworm eggs hatch into larvae in the intestine and travel throughout the body. Depending on where the larvae migrate, the infection can affect the brain, spinal cord, eyes, and/or other organs. Signs and symptoms depend on how many and where in the body the larvae travel to. Symptoms of infection may take a week or so to develop and include nausea, tiredness, liver enlargement, loss of coordination, lack of attention, loss of muscle control, blindness, coma and in severe cases even death. The infection is often incorrectly diagnosed as it can mimic flu symptoms.

Raccoon latrines are can be found at the base of trees, infested attics, or on flat surfaces such as logs, tree stumps, rocks, decks and rooftops. Predator animals, including dogs and cats, may become infected by eating an animal or feces that has been infected with Baylisascaris. In dogs, the roundworm can grow to adults and pass eggs in the dog’s feces.