Raccoons in the Attic can be can be a very dangerous situation and should be handled by a Raccoon Removal Professional. The raccoon is nocturnal and not very shy when encountered and can even be seen during the day if their food source becomes scarce or they have contacted the rabies virus. The most common place for baby raccoons is in the soffit or insulation of attics. Raccoon commonly build their nests out of fiberglass insulation. Other raccoon nesting areas include tree branches, burrows, or hollow trees. Raccoons are extremely agile and are know for their dexterity. The wrists of a raccoon can rotate 180 degrees for climbing rocks, stucco, bricks and trees. Even if you cut back all the trees within 100 yards of your home, Raccoons in the Attic is still going to be an issue that needs to be dealt with by a raccoon removal expert.
Raccoons are most notable for sifting through garbage cans to get a meal. The are mostly omnivorous and their diet when not feeding on human scraps include a wide variety of plant and animal food. They normally will hunt along streams and marshes. Raccoons in the attic will leave in the late evening to begin to search for a food source such as food that is left outside for dogs or cats. Raccoons in the attic are normally solitary and extremely territorial but sometimes will be in pairs. If it is the springtime and you are hearing a chirping or scratching noise it might be a litter of baby raccoons. Adult female raccoons will normally stay in the same area while males will cover a larger area to find a mate. Males are also know to have multiple residences. They might disappear for before the raccoon in the attic returns to its refuge.
The breeding season for raccoons is in the spring months usually April or May depending on the geographical location. Usually the babies are born earlier in warmer locations like Florida. On average there are 2-7 pups in a litter. The don’t usually begin to hunt for food on their own until the summer months after they are born. On average it is 2-3 months that the raccoons in the attic start to become less dependent on their mothers milk and begin to hunt for food. In residential settings the hunting could be raiding the dumpster behind the local Papa John’s for a slice of pizza. They won’t leave to go off on their own until 6-9 months. The most common habitats are in suburban areas where they have adapted to humans leaving food out for them to eat. Other common habitats include wetlands and damp woods.
Diseases from Raccoons
Raccoons are the leading terrestrial carrier of rabies. All pets should be vaccinated to prevent the spread of the this fatal disease. If your dog or cat happens to tussle with a raccoon it is best to have your pet evaluated by a veterinarian. Rabies is fairly uncommon in humans, but once it is contracted there is all but certain death.
For your raccoon removal and other wildlife control needs in Charlotte NC, call PCA Wildlife at (704) 377-2847 or (864) 412-3200.