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Racoons

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Racoons

Raccoons will quite happily live in the attics and crawl spaces of structures. They sometimes cause a great deal of damage when they enlarge openings to get into buildings and pull down and trample insulation. The noises they make and odours they cause can be very annoying.

Raccoons mate in January and February and their young are born in late April to early May. A raccoon can have up to seven babies but litters of four young are more common. Babies remain in their dens until they are about 10 weeks old and then will go out to forage with their mothers. The young separate from their mothers when they are about a year old. They live to be about 10 to 12 years old.

Control

Raccoon control should be limited to excluding them from buildings. Sometimes on-way doors can be installed over raccoon accesses to allow the animals to leave, but not re-enter, a building. If necessary they may be live-trapped and held in the traps for a few hours while their entrances to the building are sealed. Excluding them from buildings should not be performed when there is any danger of trapping young inside buildings.

We recommend against trapping and relocating raccoons. Almost all relocated raccoons die.

We sell one-way doors and live-traps. We can advise you on what you can do.

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