Raccoons are large shy creatures, active at night. Raccoons are common in Rhode Island and the New England Area. They prefer to live close to a water source and as they adapt to living around people this will include man made fish ponds and even watering troughs.
Raccoons have a grayish brown fur with black markings. Raccoons are easily identified by the Black Mask on the face and a bushy tail with four to six black rings. They range from 3-4 feet long and 10-40 pounds. They walk somewhat stooped forward because their rear legs are longer than the front. Their paws have very adept finger like digits with long claws.
All Wild Animals will Bite and Raccoons are no exception. Raccoons can be very vicious if defending her young or cornering them. A Raccoon could possibly be carrying the Rabies Virus.
Raccoons are Nocturnal meaning they roam at night but they will also forage for food during the day food is scarce. She will leave her offspring in the nest until they are old enough to learn from mom. All of these Animals will dig in the lawn or planters in search of grubs and insects to eat. Raccoons will eat fish in a decorative koi pond. Other signs in the yard are overturned trash cans, foot prints and feces. Foot prints and feces could be in the attic as well. Strange noises in the attic, chimney and walls can be an indication.
Raccoons will be attracted to something in your yard that the Raccoons like. This could be pet food, a fruit tree, a garden, opened trash cans even unopened cans, or just a small opening to your attic, basement or shed. Or you could be just in the path of the roaming Raccoon.
Provide less food for them. Try to trap them, and only Use a Humane Catch Trap or a Havahart Trap. Seal off all exterior openings after the animal is gone. But the best way is to call Rob at Cobra Pest Control.