Raccoon FAQ

Question :
What are one-way doors?

Answer:

One-way doors are specially designed doors which allow the animal(s) to exit the property and not re-enter.
Question :
How do I keep animals off my roof?

Answer:

Although there are no shortage of ways for urban wildlife to gain access to our roofs because of their excellent climbing capabilities, there are a couple of precautions you can take to make it more of a challenge. Trim tree branches so they do not overlap onto roof tops and dismantle any unused antennae which may be attached to your home.
Question :
Is there a spray to deter animals?

Answer:

Although some companies may claim to use sprays that keep animals away there is no such miracle spray on the market, however there are sprays used to flush animals out of their dens and also to deodorize occupied areas.
Question :
How do I get rid of Skunk smell?

Answer:

The old home remedy we've all heard a thousand times before is to wash the family pet in tomato juice, this may fade the smell very little and leave you with a pet smelling like skunk and tomato juice. The most effective recipe is to mix hydrogen peroxide with water (50-50 mix) then add some dish soap or any soap with a pleasant smell to it. This should eliminate or weaken the smell enough so it's bearable to have contact with your pet again.
Question :
What do you do if there are raccoon babies?

Answer:

If the animal has had its babies in your roof, our technician will be able to seek them out and remove them from the property. Once the technician has all the babies, they will put them in a safe place close to the entry hole that the mother uses in a heat box (if necessary) and the mother will move them to an alternate den site.
Question :
Can't you take them away?

Answer:

By law, you are only allowed to transport wildlife up to one kilometer from where it was removed. There are several reasons for this. The animal may be sick and if relocated, it potentially could infect another area of the ecosystem. If the baby raccoon is still nursing, its chance of survival is low -as is the mother's in its new habitat. The best method is to call a wildlife company like us to remove the raccoon and then seal the home -allowing the animals to carry on elsewhere in their natural territory.
Question :
What do raccoons eat?

Answer:

What do raccoons eat? Well, it depends on where they are living! Raccoons are opportunistic omnivorous (in other words, they will eat almost anything). In nature their diet includes fruit, eggs, plants, berries, insects, rodents, and crayfish. In towns and cities their diet often includes a large amount of food found by digging through the garbage.
Question :
What is raccoon distemper?

Answer:

Raccoon distemper is the third biggest killer of racoons in Canada (behind car injuries and hunting). Contrary to popular belief, raccoon distemper is actually caused by two similar but unrelated viruses: canine distemper and feline distemper. Canine distemper is common in large raccoon population centres, feline distemper (also sometimes called ‘cat fever’) is a more acute infectious viral disease.
Question :
What are the signs of raccoon distemper?

Answer:

Canine distemper starts slowly as a respiratory infection and often grows into pneumonia accompanied by diarrhea. Raccoons with canine distemper will likely be thin, confused, lost, and engage in bizarre behaviour. Often raccoon distemper is mistaken for rabies. It can only be distinguished from rabies by lab tests.

Feline distemper is faster and deadlier, causing high fever and vomiting in racoons. It usually lasts only a week but in some outbreaks the mortality rate can hit 100%
Question :
Is raccoon distemper contagious?

Answer:

Unvaccinated cats and dogs are susceptible to infection by feline and canine distemper respectively. If your pets roam in an area inhabited by raccoons you should ensure that they are vaccinated. Humans, however, are safe from the disease.
Question :
How do you prevent raccoon distemper?

Answer:

Vaccinate your pets and ensure that any intrusive raccoons are dealt with by professionals.
Question :
How long do raccoons live?

Answer:

In the wild raccoons have a life expectancy of 2-3 years. In captivity, however, raccoons can live up to 20 years.
Question :
Are raccoons nocturnal?

Answer:

Yes, raccoons are nocturnal. Meaning they sleep during the day and are active at night. Many people believe that this means that any raccoon that is awake during the day is rabid. This is not the case. Although daytime activity may be a warning sign for rabies, there are a number of reasons why raccoons might be awake in the middle of the day. Often female raccoons that are pregnant or recently have given birth are active in the daytime looking for food or water to meet additional nutritional requirements.
Question :
Where do raccoons sleep?

Answer:

Raccoons prefer to sleep in dens in hollow trees, crevices, or burrows, but in the city they will make do with roofs, or other safe dark areas.
Question :
Where do raccoons live?

Answer:

Raccoons originated in the tropics, but over thousands of years they have migrated further and further north. In the wild they tend to live inside of tree cavities, burrows or crevices, but in the urban jungle they prefer roofs, crawlspaces, and other dark areas protected from the elements. In general raccoons prefer to live near water and tall trees, but this is not always the case in large cities.
Question :
How do I get rid of raccoons?

Answer:

It is illegal to trap or kill raccoons unless you are licensed to do so, and it can also be extremely dangerous. To get rid of raccoons, call a professional immediately.
Question :
Do raccoons hibernate?

Answer:

No, unlike other animals raccoons do not hibernate. Instead they go into what is known as torpor. They lower their body temperature, increase insulin production, and sleep curled up for weeks on end. On warmer days, raccoons will venture out to find food and water. The colder the climate, the longer the raccoon stays in torpor.
Question :
Can I keep raccoons as pets?

Answer:

Some people do keep raccoons as pets, but it is not advised. Raccoons are not domesticated in the same way as dogs and cats, so even if you raise them from birth they will still be wild animals and unpredictable.
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Raccoon Facts:

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- The word Raccoon comes from a Proto-Algonquian word that means “animal that scratches with its hands.”

- Christopher Columbus was the first person to write about raccoons

- The most important sense for raccoons is the sense of touch, which is why they pick things up and play with them in their hands.

- Raccoons can run as fast as 15 miles per hour