Raccoons in the attic, garage, or strange noises in your chimney? Raccoons living under your home? Those scurrying sounds in the attic, crawlspace and noises in a chimney may well be a raccoon. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective raccoon removal and exclusion services. Play Audio Pause Audio DESCRIPTION Spread across North America, raccoons are considered pests because of their messy foraging and nesting habits. Raccoons are often associated with trash consumption, tearing apart as much of it as they can! These pests can adapt to a wide range of habitats, including rural, urban, and suburban. Once a shy animal to city streets, raccoons can now be found in almost every large city, for there is an abundance of trash! Appearance Raccoons range from 7 to 30 lbs, depending on their habitat Black encircles raccoons' eyes and extends across their cheeks, similar in appearance to a burglar mask! Raccoons can reach 3 feet in length Most raccoons have gray fur with hints of brown Their tails easily identify the animal as they display alternating rings of white and black Raccoons are occasionally compared to canines and bears most likely because all three animals' snouts, omnivorous teeth, and body proportions appear similar Habitat Many different species of raccoons live around the world; however, they are most prominent in the United States, Mexico, and Southern Canada. Adaptable, raccoons are found in almost every climate region of the United States, and some raccoons have even learned how to survive solely on human garbage! Although some raccoons prefer to live in the city, most raccoon are still wild. Favorite nesting locations of wild raccoons include forests, marshes, and prairies. PROBLEMS Entry Are raccoons known to enter homes or yards? Raccoons may enter homes, but depending on whether they are male or female, home invasion can be for several different reasons. Males enter homes on rare occasions when food sources are scarce. On the other hand, females often enter attics, chimneys, and crawl spaces when they are pregnant with pups and wish to provide shelter to their coming offspring. Because their hands are structured in a way that allows them to grasp objects, raccoons have been known to open doors and gain access to secured goods like stored pet food! Damage Do raccoons harm people or property? Raccoons can easily damage landscapes while they forage for food! As omnivores, these animals will eat almost anything, including vegetation found in gardens and on farmland. The nocturnal mammals also contribute to structural damage, as they are adept diggers. Furthermore, raccoons contaminate homes with their excrement and urine; they are carriers of disease! They infamously target unsecured garbage receptacles and leave behind unsanitary messes! Raccoons may occasionally attack livestock, such as poultry, and common house pets, like dogs and cats, as well. CONTROL Control and Safety Feeding raccoons will only increase the chance of home invasion! Because of this, property owners should employ simple methods of control, such as securing trash bins with completely fitted lids and attaching latches that lock the lids in place! Raccoons will usually flee when approached; however, rabid individuals display fearlessness regarding humans. Infected raccoons may also foam at the mouth and move about erratically while baring their teeth! However, not all infected raccoons act out of sorts, so people must always use extreme caution around the animals. The only way to stay completely safe from raccoons is to enlist the help of certified professional removal teams. Trapping and Removal Virginia Beach Critter Control specialists are experts at raccoon removal! Using the most advanced technologies and tools, our teams quell any animal problems plaguing your home. Utilize our extensive knowledge and expertise to fix your raccoon problems by calling us today. We can help you get rid of raccoon problems! Call our Virginia Beach office today! 757.250.2288. Critter Control of Virginia Beach Service Area Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, Williamsburg, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton This franchise is independently licensed and operated by ADAY Services, Inc. dba Critter Control of Virginia Beach.