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Snake Dens: Know the Signs

brown rattle snake on grass

Snakes can live in a variety of habitats, and this can include suburban backyards. That is why it helps to know the signs of having snakes on your property to make sure you don’t have some unwanted guests.

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Are Racoons Harmful?

Raccoon removal can be frustrating for homeowners in Los Angeles whose residences are invaded by this cute, fuzzy animal that is anything but harmless. At Animal Capture Wildlife Control, we offer professional raccoon removal service to safely get the animal off your property.

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5 important things to know about raccoons

Raccoons are known for their masked faces, which intrigue many people. But these mammals can cause trouble, and owners of homes and businesses may find it necessary to contact a raccoon removal service. Here are some interesting facts about raccoons.

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Do Raccoons Hibernate?

If you have ever had to deal with raccoons in the wintertime, you may be wondering why they aren’t hibernating like many other animals do during the cold months. While raccoons are genetically wired to sense impending cold weather and prepare for it, they don’t traditionally hibernate like other animals.

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Will Raccoons Interact With Pets?

Attacks of raccoons on pets can be rare, but they do happen. If raccoons don’t have food available to them, they could decide to prey on smaller animals, such as dogs and cats. It may be difficult for them to catch larger animals, but they can successfully prey on kittens. However, it’s also common to see raccoons eating side by side with dogs and cats, especially if they are fed by their owners outside. Feeding pets outside is the primary reason your pets may come in contact with raccoons. Dogs may attack raccoons, but cats will usually ignore them. It’s best to keep small animals inside, especially at night, to avoid any attacks.

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Raccoon Removal in Southern California

Raccoon behind LA fence

Raccoons can be one of the trickiest pests to remove. Yet they are also common all over North America, meaning that they consistently cause problems in homes in California as well as in every other state. They are fairly intelligent, know how to climb, can recognize traps, and they often want to nest in someone’s attic to have babies. Gardens, rooftops and underground plumbing are also areas that can be devastated by raccoons once the animals decide to visit regularly or reproduce nearby.

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How to Raccoon-Proof Your Outdoor Trash

With their adorable little faces, raccoons give the appearance of being sweet critters. Unfortunately, their instincts and behaviors are not so cute. For instance, they are often found hanging around at night digging through outdoor trash cans in their quest for food, leaving you to clean up their unsanitary messes.

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Raccoons’ Behavior in the Winter vs. the Summer

Raccoons are adorable and fun-looking on TV, but not so much in real life. They have very sharp teeth and claws, and often carry the rabies virus — so often that virtually anyone bit by a raccoon must undergo painful rabies treatment if the offending animal is not caught and tested for rabies. The potential for rabies and other injuries from raccoons makes wildlife animal capture a vital resource.

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What to Do In a Raccoon Encounter

Raccoons are nocturnal and considered to be nuisance animals. The adult raccoon has grayish-black fur and weighs ten to thirty-five pounds with stocky front legs, long back legs, a striped tail and a black “mask” over the eyes. Raccoons are very intelligent and burrow around streams and lakes. They can also show up beneath decks and homes as well as in barns, attics and chimneys. In an urban environment, they feed on homeowners’ garbage. Their young are nested in the spring in an earthen den, drain pipes or hollow tree trunks.

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