Raccoons can appear like bandits in the night, and they are. They have mask-like fur patterns on their faces and are sneaky nocturnal pests. During the day raccoons nest inside logs, trees and other dark, cool areas. Then, at night they will come out to forage for food.
Some are surprised to hear that raccoons are more closely related to bears than to other small mammals like rodents or rabbits. Their closest relatives are the red panda and the giant panda. Their black and white fur pattern can resemble a panda, although of course, they are much smaller.
Raccoons as Pests
There are many ways in which raccoons can become pests. People with ponds often find that raccoons can empty them of fish in a very short timeframe. Raccoons also love to eat out of the trash. They will even knock over trash cans to get at leftovers inside. Opossums have a similar diet, and this can cause conflicts between the two animals.
In addition to their diets, their nesting habits can also cause friction with people. Raccoons look for quiet, dark places to sleep during the day. Sometimes, these are places they are not supposed to be, like attics, chimneys and crawl spaces. It is not uncommon for them to even find their ways into the living area of a residence. Further problems arise due to mother raccoons territorial nature when it comes to their young. Disease is also a concern with raccoons.
Raccoon Removal in the Triad
Urban, suburban and rural areas all have raccoon populations, including Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point, Kernersville, Burlington and the surrounding greater Triad. Raccoons are more than a nuisance. They can destroy an attic, kill a pond full of fish, dig up a garden and knock trash all over your lawn.
Thankfully, those living in the Triad area have Critter Control to assist them in expelling raccoons from their properties. We are very familiar with these masked bandit pests, and our wildlife technicians can quickly give you the upper hand over them.