Size: Raccoons typically measure between 60 to 95 cm in length and weigh between 5.5 to 22 kg.
Color: They have a reddish-brown upper body, a greyish underbelly, and a distinctive black mask on their face.


Raccoons are highly intelligent carnivores with a long snout, pointed ears, and prominent canine teeth. They are related to bears and giant pandas. Primarily nocturnal, raccoons are often seen raiding garbage cans for food. Their natural predators include bobcats, foxes, and coyotes.

Behavior and Habitat

Raccoons, although often perceived as humble rodents, can be quite troublesome when they forage through trash cans. They are known to nest in chimneys, and the presence of a displaced chimney cap or sounds of rustling and whining from the chimney are indicators of an infestation.

Pest Profile raccoon


Raccoons are notorious for causing significant damage to homes. They remove chimney covers, tear off shingles, and rip fascia boards to gain entry, leading to potential ceiling leaks. Their nocturnal activities often include breaking into chimneys, resulting in audible disturbances. Raccoons are carriers of diseases such as rabies and distemper and can introduce smaller pests like fleas, ticks, and lice. Their droppings may contain the deadly raccoon roundworm parasite.


Raccoons are most active at night but can also be seen during the day and evening. They are easily recognizable by their black face masks and black-brown, white-ringed tails. Adapted for climbing, raccoons are relatively large and hefty, weighing between ten to twenty-five pounds. They live in nests and do not hibernate, often becoming active in winter and breeding in January or February.

How to Get Rid of Raccoons

Due to the potential physical damage and health risks raccoons pose, it is crucial to address infestations promptly. Get Em Out Wildlife Control offers top-notch pest control services, provided by a team of skilled professionals who conduct thorough inspections to identify entry points and assess the duration of infestations. Each situation is unique, requiring customized treatment plans. The team employs environmentally friendly, non-violent methods such as exclusions with one-way doors, live-trapping, and habitat alteration to effectively remove raccoons.

Working with Get Em Out Wildlife Control ensures a high level of professionalism and customer satisfaction, with services available at affordable prices. The expert team remains on-site until a comprehensive analysis is completed, providing clients with an exceptional experience compared to other companies.

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