It is that time of year where Raccoons prove to be a problem to homeowners in the Hanover Park Illinois area.
Raccoons are notorious in the local area. Since raccoons are omnivorous, they will eat anything that smells good to them, whether it is in your yard, like bird food or garden plants or goodies out of the trash can. Most raccoons in the Hanover Park area are born and raised in attics, so it is natural for them to return to continue to make these places home. They can also den in sheds, garages, garbage piles and tree cavities.
Raccoons will typically get into a home thru the roof, but can also come in at ground level. There are several common roof entry points, roof vents, and soffit vents are the most likely, but they will also just tear a hole in the roof if they can. In Hanover Park raccoons typically try to find a way to next in your attic or crawl space year round. Therefore, if you hear a scratching or thumping sound at night in your home, have Animal Trackers Wildlife come in and investigate your home. Raccoons can be aggressive and attack when they feel like their nest is being threatened, especially during the baby season. Raccoons also are notorious carriers of various diseases, especially rabies and salmonella. If you are ever bitten or attacked by a raccoon in your yard or home, seek medical attention immediately!
Raccoon Identification & Physical Characteristics
Raccoons are known as the masked bandits of the animal kingdom not just because of their distinct facial markings, but also their, tendency to explore and get into trouble. Raccoons are one of the most recognizable creatures that inhabit the Hanover Park area. Known for the black band, or “mask” around their eyes, they are, commonly gray, black, and brown in color, with a trademark striped tail.
Raccoons are typically 24 to 36 inches long and can weight between 10 and 25 pounds. Their average lifespan in the wild is between 2 and 4 years. Learn more about Raccoons by visiting our Raccoon Page