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Racccon FAQs

Last night there were raccoons screaming outside my house.  Were they fighting or mating?

Depending on where you live, it was most likely mating. Their mating season in Northern California is February through April.

What time of year do raccoons have babies?

Raccoons are typically mating during the winter, preparing to produce litters of 3 to 5 babies in early spring. The offspring typically stay with their mother for about a year.

How do I know if I have raccoons in my home or building?

Raccoons make a number of vocalizations.  Further, raccoons enjoy building dens above warm quiet spaces such as the attic above a bedroom.  Because they are nocturnal, their activity can typically be heard at night. They may sound like a human walking on the ceiling.  Fur and feces can be found at entry points accompanied by an unpleasant odour.

What damage can raccoons cause?

Raccoons cause both structural and contamination damage-they tear open siding, break louver vents, rip off shingles, chew on wiring, bite water lines and tear loose drains and gutters.  Their waste damages insulation and their urine soaks into ceilings and walls. Sometimes, they kill pets and other small animals. If a raccoon is trapped in a building, it will go crazy. A raccoon is a very dangerous animal to have in your home or business.

What are the health risks of having raccoons in my residential or commercial building?

Raccoons bring a number of health risks with them when they occupy your property, outside or inside.  Rabies is a well-known risk, but certainly not the only one.  Raccoons can transmit a parasite called roundworm (baylis ascaris procyonis) to humans via their waste. Pets, especially dogs, can also contract Canine Distemper, a fatal disease, or Mange.

Raccoons also host a number of bugs such as mites, ticks, fleas and, if you happen to have a dead raccoon, maggots.  Sudden infestations of these insects are common in homes and businesses occupied by raccoons. It is not enough to remove the raccoons to remove the health risk.  Complete clean-up and decontamination is necessary or your home can be full of fleas and/or mites.

Last night there were raccoons screaming outside my house.  Were they fighting or mating?

Depending on where you live, it was most likely mating. Their mating season in Northern California is February through April.

What time of year do raccoons have babies?

Raccoons are typically mating during the winter, preparing to produce litters of 3 to 5 babies in early spring. The offspring typically stay with their mother for about a year.

How do I know if I have raccoons in my home or building?

Raccoons make a number of vocalizations.  Further, raccoons enjoy building dens above warm quiet spaces such as the attic above a bedroom.  Because they are nocturnal, their activity can typically be heard at night. They may sound like a human walking on the ceiling.  Fur and feces can be found at entry points accompanied by an unpleasant odour.

What damage can raccoons cause?

Raccoons cause both structural and contamination damage-they tear open siding, break louver vents, rip off shingles, chew on wiring, bite water lines and tear loose drains and gutters.  Their waste damages insulation and their urine soaks into ceilings and walls. Sometimes, they kill pets and other small animals. If a raccoon is trapped in a building, it will go crazy. A raccoon is a very dangerous animal to have in your home or business.

What are the health risks of having raccoons in my residential or commercial building?

Raccoons bring a number of health risks with them when they occupy your property, outside or inside.  Rabies is a well-known risk, but certainly not the only one.  Raccoons can transmit a parasite called roundworm (baylis ascaris procyonis) to humans via their waste. Pets, especially dogs, can also contract Canine Distemper, a fatal disease, or Mange.

Raccoons also host a number of bugs such as mites, ticks, fleas and, if you happen to have a dead raccoon, maggots.  Sudden infestations of these insects are common in homes and businesses occupied by raccoons. It is not enough to remove the raccoons to remove the health risk.  Complete clean-up and decontamination is necessary or your home can be full of fleas and/or mites.