Living on Long Island and in the New York tri-state area, many of us are familiar with raccoons. While they typically do not cause problems, the can become a nuisance if they begin to invade our yards and homes. They can carry rabies, and are known for being aggressive toward people and pets. Their dried feces can carry diseases such as roundworm, as well. They can also cause thousands of dollars to our homes with their sharp teeth and claws.
Once a raccoon has found a food source, such as garbage or refuse, they will routinely return to the location. They are highly intelligent and have great memory capability. These pests typically return to dens that they (or other raccoons) have built, and they may also bring their friends! Chimneys and attics are common homes for raccoons, but they will build dens anywhere. They are creatures of habit, and this makes them especially hard to get rid of.
Signs of a Raccoon Problem
Raccoons are nocturnal, but occasionally they will scavenge for food during the day. If you suspect that you have had a visit from a raccoon, there are a few things you can look for that are signs of raccoon activity:
- Your trash has been ransacked
- Stains inside/outside from urine or droppings
- Chewed material such as insulation or wiring, and bite marks
- Gnawing or scratching sounds