SIGNS A RACCOON IS IN YOUR HOUSE: Visible damage like bent siding, a dented roof vent, or damaged soffits. Seeing an adult raccoon on your property — the mother will forage for food for her babies.
Litter size is usually 2-5 babies. At about 8 weeks old, the young usually leave the den and follow the mother to a new location. Young are weaned at about 12 weeks and disperse in the fall or early winter; or they may stay with the mother until the following spring. Raccoons are nocturnal animals.
Mother raccoons can have between two to five babies in a litter, and they will have just one litter per year. Baby raccoons are called kits, and they are typically born in early spring between March and April, but if a mother’s first litter does not survive she may give birth to a second litter as late as June.
How to get rid of raccoons Secure the trash can. Bring in pet food. Keep an eye on your bird feeders. Pick up fallen fruits and nuts. Put a fence around your garden, fish pond, compost pile or newly installed turf. Never intentionally provide food for raccoons. Yard work. Seal off your chimney.
Raccoons enjoy the dark, so a strategically placed flashlight can be a deterrent. Because they’re also put off by strange noises, playing a small radio may help keep them at bay. Finally, raccoons hate the smell of ammonia, so leave a saucer full of the stuff (or an ammonia-dipped rag) near the creatures’ entry point.
Raccoons will attack people only if they feel threatened, and they can inflict serious injuries. Not only that raccoons can hurt a person with scratching and biting, but they can also transmit serious diseases, like rabies. Raccoons will definitely attack in self-defense.
Male raccoons, especially tame ones, will voluntarily mate with cats. Cats have also been known to nurse baby raccoons (see nursing video below). Under such circumstances, the baby coons would probably become imprinted on cats, so that they would be sexually attracted to cats when they reached maturity.
Activity: Nocturnal in nature, raccoons are mostly active at nighttime. They are most active in spring, summer and fall, and will sleep in their dens for most of the winter.
While raccoons are interesting animals that may intrigue you with their intelligence, they are not strictly friends or enemies of the yard. Because they pose a significant threat to your safety, raccoons are considered pests.
Adult males are solitary animals, and their territories cover about a square mile — bigger than a female’s. Neither gender is normally aggressive unless it feels threatened. Females who are protecting their young tend to become aggressive with less provocation.
Male and female raccoons do look very similar. Their only visible difference is their size. Females are usually 10-15% smaller than males. What types of food do raccoons eat?
A baby raccoon should be left out for one whole overnight period to see if its mother will come back — raccoons are nocturnal, and most likely to come looking for their babies at night. If it’s hungry, it will cry, and its cries will call its mother.
Shed, garage, or doghouse. Main Attraction: Undisturbed shelter safe from predators is highly desirable to raccoons raising their young, and the protected spaces inside sheds, garages, and unoccupied doghouses are ideal for them. Pet food or birdseed stored in or around these places can also lure raccoons to the area.
On rare occasions, hungry raccoons have also been known to prey on kittens and small cats, as well as on other relatively small animals, when there are no other sources of food available.
They are uninvited, unwelcome, and totally unpleasant. They are raccoons … and, unfortunately, they will not leave by themselves.