Raccoons are a common pest in Southern California, particularly in urban areas. They’re drawn to food scraps, pet food, plants, and garbage. In fact, you may have even caught a raccoon making a mess of your trash can in the past. Not only is the mess a nuisance, but raccoons can carry diseases such as rabies. They can also get inside your home, nesting in your attic. It’s important to deal with raccoons promptly so they don’t become an issue.
Raccoons feature a distinctive “eyemask”-style markings around their eyes, a bushy tail with black rings, grey to reddish-brown fur, and front paws that are not unlike human hands. Raccoons are nocturnal and also quite vocal, with chirps, yelps, screeches, grunts, growls, and even whistles.
This noisiness makes it fairly easy to tell if your home has a raccoon family living in it, as well as the presence of their communal waste areas, called “latrines.” It’s important to stay far away from raccoon droppings, as they carry very serious diseases and parasites.
You may also notice small, hand-like paw prints in soil or mud near your home, or overturned garbage cans. Raccoons remember when they’ve found a reliable food source and can be aggressive fighters if they feel threatened, so it’s important to ensure a raccoon infestation is prevented or dealt with right away.
Unfortunately, raccoons are clever and can easily open many trash cans. To help keep raccoons from your property, you can try securing your trash can lid with bungee cord, and ensure that tempting food and water sources aren’t left out at night.
Dealing with raccoons can be tricky, and it’s important to get help from experts. Rudy’s Termite & Pest Control knows how to deal with raccoons in the Coachella Valley and Inland Empire – give us a call today!
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