Raccoons are grey in colour with a black mask that covers their eyes. They have five to eight light to dark rings that alternate on their tail. Their back legs are longer than their front legs giving the hunched over appearance when they walk or run. They have five fingers on their front and back paws. They are a medium sized mammal and average between 24-38 inches and they can weigh between 14-30 pounds.
What do Raccoons like to eat?
Raccoons are Omnivores, which means they eat meat, fruits and vegetables. They are opportunistic eater and will eat pretty much anything they can get their hands on. Their diet depends on where they are living, when they are in the country they can be found eating fruits, plants, nuts, berries, insects, rodents, frogs, eggs, and crayfish. When living in the city they will forage though dumpsters and garbage cans, they will eat bird food and your pet’s dinner if it is accessible. They have even been known to come right into your home through an open window to eat whatever you have on your counters.. They are very adaptable which is why they thrive in our cities..
Raccoons and diseases-
Raccoons carry and abundance of diseases which range from Rabies, raccoon roundworm, canine distemper, raccoon parvoviralenteritis, infectious canine hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvoviral enteritis and toxoplasmosis. You need to take extra caution when dealing with feces and urine. If cleaning out a nesting area always wear a respirator, gloves and a disposable Hazmat suit..
There are several preventative measures you can take to keep the raccoons out of your area of residence.
– Keep garbage in a very secure container preferable inside the garage.
– Don’t put garage out to the curb until the morning of pick up.
-Feed your pets indoors
– Eliminate potential denning areas and access points.
– keep bird feed cleaned up daily and take feeders inside at night.