Raccoons can be found in all types of habitat. They prefer woodland and wetland areas, although, due to continuous urbanized they have had to adapt to city life. Raccoons have become very comfortable living near us and are not as afraid of people as most other wild animals are. Raccoons are nocturnal animals that sleep in dark, quiet places during the day. At night it is common to see more than one in your backyard . They will eat insects, fruits, vegetables, seeds, fish , birds and small mammals such as mice, rice and gophers. They are seasonal eaters favoring fish and small mammals in the spring. During other seasons they enjoy acorns, seeds and insects. Raccoons will typically have one litter per year of three to six young. Their mating season is from January to March with a gestation period lasting 63 days.
Preventing a Problem

· Keep all pet food inside at night. Raccoons are attracted to cat and dog food .

· Close off cat and dog doors at night to prevent them from entering the house.

· Fasten garbage cans securely with bungee cord or rope. Raccoons have long slender fingers that make it easy to open garbage cans and grasp food.

· Keep fallen fruit picked up. If temptation is eliminated, fewer raccoons will wander into your yard.

· Don’t leave garbage and shed doors open at night.

Close off any entrances to the foundation of your house or deck. However, do not do this if you suspect babies are present, they will become trapped.

Solving a Problem Have you got raccoons under the house or deck? During the day, place ammonia-soaked rags in a can every 3-5 feet around perimeter and both sides of the entrance to the suspected problem area. Within 2-3 weeks, the raccoon should have moved elsewhere. You can also try spreading human hair in the area-the smell of humans often keeps them from settling. Sprinkle flour outside the entrance to the problem area and when you see exiting footprints , seal the entrance. Turn on lights during the night to keep raccoons away . Keep in mind that raccoons will not vacate until nightfall.

Have you got raccoons in the yard? Metal wrapped around tree trunks will prevent climbing. Sprinkling cayenne pepper or human hair on your lawn will prevent raccoons from digging for insects . If you have a pond, submerge wire mesh around the perimeter of the water, attaching it to the edge. This way the fish will be safe from raccoons, which tend not to walk on wire.

Do you need to protect small pets (poultry, rabbits, ete.)? Keep small animals secured at night. Removing a raccoon will only open up the territory for other raccoons, or possible opossums , skunks and other wildlife.

POISONS CAN LEAD TO PRIMARY AND SECONDARY POISONING OF CHILDREN, PETS AND OTHER WILDLIFE. BE CAREFUL WHEN CONSIDERING THIS SOLUTION.

ont-size:11.5pt; color:black’>Have you got raccoons in the yard? Metal wrapped around tree trunks will prevent climbing. Sprinkling cayenne pepper or human hair on your lawn will prevent raccoons from digging for insects . If you have a pond, submerge wire mesh around the perimeter of the water, attaching it to the edge. This way the fish will be safe from raccoons, which tend not to walk on wire.

Do you need to protect small pets (poultry, rabbits, ete.)? Keep small animals secured at night. Removing a raccoon will only open up the territory for other raccoons, or possible opossums , skunks and other wildlife.

POISONS CAN LEAD TO PRIMARY AND SECONDARY POISONING OF CHILDREN, PETS AND OTHER WILDLIFE. BE CAREFUL WHEN CONSIDERING THIS SOLUTION.

ure to check the origin of the nitrogen in your fertilizer carefully. The Nitrogen must not be from Nitrate, as this can be deadly to blueberries.

 

 

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