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Do Raccoons Hibernate in Winter?

While raccoons do not hibernate, the pests enter a state of rest that lasts throughout the colder months of the year, taking shelter as soon as temperatures drop below their preferred comfort level.

Since raccoons often den under decks or inside homes, residents may run into several seasonal issues.

Wintertime Raccoon Problems

Overwintering raccoons on the property put people at risk for disease. Finding a den means there are likely droppings nearby. These droppings can carry raccoon roundworm, a dangerous parasite that lives for long periods in soil. Its eggs can even survive through freezing temperatures.

Because raccoons do not hibernate, they may become active for brief periods in the winter. During bouts of warm weather, the pests forage for food. They might break into trash cans or pantries looking for meals to sustain them until spring.

Controlling Raccoons Year-Round

Making homes and yards uninviting is the best way to stop raccoons from spending the winter in close quarters to people. Homeowners can cap chimneys, install fitted covers over vents and garbage cans, or put up fences. However, there's no guarantee that these methods will keep the animals away.

When faced with raccoons in winter or any time of the year, call the experts at Critter Control.