The raccoon is an omnivore with a diet that depends on its environment. Their diet may consist of fruits, nuts, berries, rodents, insects, crayfish and in urban environments it often feeds on garbage.
Raccoons live in tree cavities or burrows and come out at night to hunt for food. Raccoon were previously thought to travel alone, but recent studies show that these animals congregate in gender specific groups.
Raccoon Have Distinctive Markings
Raccoon are one of the most easily recognized animals in the country because of their black masks and ringed tails. The raccoon mating season begins during the winter and last until the end of spring. Most female raccoon begin reproducing at the age of one and they usually give birth to two to three kits in the spring.
Here are a few more interesting facts about raccoons:
Raccoons have very sensitive front paws and this sensitivity increases underwater. When able, a raccoon will examine objects in water.
The raccoon is a good swimmer and can stay in water for several hours.
The English word “raccoon” is an adaptation of a native Powhatan word meaning “animal that scratches with its hands.”
A series of studies in the mid-to-late-twentieth century show that a raccoon can remember solutions to tasks for up to 3 years. They are believed to have intelligence comparable to apes.
Raccoon Can Be Trouble When Near Human Habitats
Raccoon are highly adaptable and definitely benefit from the presence of humans. They prefer to live in the woods and closer to the water, but they have no problems surviving in urban environments. If you think you have a raccoon problem in or near your home here are some ways to get rid of them:
- Secure your trash bins and make sure your yard is clean.
- Wash your trash bins to eliminate the garbage smells which attracts raccoons.
- Keep your pet food inside the house
- Build a fence around your garden
- Keep your dogs in the yard
- Use repellents
Shake-Away Raccoon repellent is made from the marking tool of the raccoon’s number one predator, the coyote. Shake-Away uses coyote urine in granulated form which is all natural, safe around your kids and other animals and very easy to use. Just sprinkle the granules right from the easy applicator lid.
Raccoons are opportunistic and they do not want to work too hard for a meal. The best way to keep raccoon out of your yard is to make sure there is nothing appealing for them in your garden and keep your surroundings clean.