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.

During the summertime, people most often cross raccoons at trashcans and outdoor feeding locations for pets, birds or other animals. The relative abundance of food sources and shelter make raccoons less troublesome during the summer months. During winter, though, a relative scarcity of food and shelter can make raccoons more daring and aggressive. That’s when professional raccoon removal becomes necessary.

The dangers raccoons pose during winter months can be great. Raccoons do not hibernate during the winter, but they do hunker down and lie low for weeks at a time. They do so by fattening up in the fall. An extra layer of fat helps to keep them warm and supplies nourishment during times when food sources are relatively scarce.

Their need for warmth, shelter and food makes raccoons particularly troublesome during winter months, when they are more likely to seek out new sources of food and shelter. Raccoons in the wild live in dens, hollow logs and similar locations. That makes a home’s attic or crawl spaces ideal locations for raccoons, especially when they get additional warmth from the home itself.

Animal Capture Wildlife Control has ample experience providing raccoon removal services to ensure homeowners stay safe, while their foraging furry friends stay away. While raccoons do look friendly and adorable, they often prove to be vicious and dangerous – especially during winter months. When troubles arise, Animal Capture Wildlife Control handles it.