The raccoon is found throughout the United States and is quite common in the greater Southeast Georgia area including Appling County, Wayne County, Jeff Davis County, Bacon County, Tatnall County, and Pierce County. They are very distinctive mammals with their black mask and furry ringed tail. Adult raccoons generally weigh between 10 to 35lbs. and measure 2″ to 3″ in length. They are omnivorous, and excellent climbers with their dexterous fingers. Coons are nocturnal and sleep during the day.

Caution: if you see a raccoon active during the day, DO NOT approach it. Call a raccoon removal professional at once.

How, when and why they become a nuisance pest:

Raccoons become a nuisance in many ways. “Coons” will raid unsecured trash cans, steal pet food left outside or inside if left next to a cat or dog door, damage fruit and vegetable gardens, and take up residence in your attic or chimney, typically, in the spring time when babies are born. Raccoons are one of the most common animals nuisance wildlife controllers deal with due to the fact that they have adapted well to urban and suburban environments.

Damage they cause.

Most damage caused by raccoons occurs during the early spring when females are pregnant. Females have learned that human dwellings are a great place to raise young. They will destroy soffits, tear off shingles, remove siding and chimney caps and take off mushroom vent caps just to gain access to your home.

Once inside they will destroy insulation and wires to modify the house to their liking. Raccoon droppings pose another threat altogether. Their droppings may contain Raccoon Roundworm. Raccoons are the number one carrier of rabies and can spread Canine Distemper.

After raccoons have resided in the attic for any period of time insulation damage is a common site. Loose fill insulation will become matted and compressed allowing heated air to escape into the attic in the winter and hot air to enter the home in the summer.