Raccoons are small to medium sized nocturnal mammals common throughout the diverse environments of North America. They are omnivorous and consume almost anything, from plant matter to fish, frogs, mice, nuts, berries, and the convenient trash in your trashcan.
Each year, they have one litter, between three to five kits, around February and March. They are very intelligent animals and extremely crafty when it comes to figuring out how to get at a food source, such as your garbage, or an attractive den, such as your attic or basement.
Since your home and garden may look like an easy source of food and shelter to a raccoon, it’s important you take proactive measures to prevent raccoons from deciding to take up residence.
In order to encourage an animal to leave your home:
Just as with any animal that has taken up residence in a human home, it is imperative you ensure all animals have left the disturbed area before their entrance is sealed permanently. If you seal an animal in, especially if the evicted raccoons have left behind a nest of kits, they will most likely starve to death inside your home. Listen closely for whining noises or squealing coming from the point of entry to determine if kits are present. If there are babies, but they are not leaving the home with the parent raccoons, please tolerate the raccoon family for a few weeks until all animals are able to exit the home.
Raccoons are potential rabies carriers. If you notice a raccoon acting strangly, walking around outside for prolonged periods during daylight hours, or especially if a pet or human has been in contact with or been bitten by a raccoon, please contact Animal Care & Control - 202-576-6664.
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