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Wintertime Raccoon Problems 

While raccoons do not hibernate, the pests enter a state of rest throughout the colder months of the year, taking shelter as soon as temperatures drop below their comfort level. Raccoons often den under decks, in attics, or inside chimneys and fireplace flues during this time.

A raccoon den includes a nearby site for droppings, where urine and feces can spread disease. Droppings can carry raccoon roundworm, a dangerous parasite that lives for long periods of time in soil. Roundworm eggs can survive freezing temperatures, making them particularly dangerous after the winter. 

If you have identified a raccoon den on your property, it's important that you do not approach the raccoons or the site itself. Contact the professionals at Critter Control to safely and humanely remove the raccoons from your property and prevent future infestations. 

Raccoons are active in the winter during bouts of warm weather. They often will break into trash cans or homes to look for meals to sustain them until spring.  

Controlling Raccoons Year-Round 

The best way to prevent raccoons from using your property for winter shelter is: 

  • Cap chimneys 

  • Install fitted covers over vents and garbage cans 

  • Put up fences 

These strategies don't guarantee that you'll keep raccoons off of your property, but it's a good start. For more information on preventing, identifying, or removing raccoons, contact your local Critter Control office. 

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