Raccoon Description & Traits

Raccoons are usually gray with black and white markings. The most common way that raccoons are identified are by their bushy, striped tails and mask-like band of black fur under their eyes. Raccoons look somewhat like small bears due to their stout bodies, short legs, and flat feet. They can be distinguished from similar backyard pests, such as opossums and skunks, by their broad heads, pointy noses, and rounded ears. 

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Common Habitats

Raccoons are skilled survivors and have adapted to a variety of habitats. They’re often found near water in wooded areas and backyards. In areas with higher human populations, raccoons commonly use man-made shelters, including attics, chimneys, barns, and garages.  

Problems Caused by Raccoons

The nimble hands of raccoons, combined with their keen ability to solve problems, often cause trouble for homeowners. They can turn doorknobs, open latches, and even swim to get to their desired destinations. 

With top running speeds of 10 miles per hour, it is difficult for property owners to remove raccoons on their own. If you’ve identified a nuisance raccoon on your property, it’s highly recommended that you contact a professional to safely and humanely remove the animals. Our trained technicians at Critter Control are equipped with the experience and tools to not only remove the animals but also prevent future infestations. Contact your local Critter Control office today for more information. 

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