Raccoon Mating Season and Your Attic
In 1926, President Coolidge received a raccoon as a gift meant to be part of his Thanksgiving meal. He pardoned the raccoon and it ended up becoming the presidential pet named Rebecca.
She lived in the white house for over two years. But it’s doubtful you’d want a raccoon in your house for two minutes.
Raccoons can cause extensive property damage. They also carry and spread many diseases. This problem gets worse during the raccoon’s mating season.
Your attic is the perfect location for a raccoon to have babies. It’s warm and safe from predators. If you want to avoid this, this article, “Raccoon Mating Season and Your Attic” provides information on ways you can.
When is Raccoon Mating Season?
The raccoon mating season in Ohio is usually between February and March. But they may also have a lengthened season from January to June.
This extension is usually due to raccoons becoming active later in the winter. So you should still be keeping an eye out beyond March.
Once a mother mates, she’ll give birth about nine weeks after or approximately 63 days. Litters can range from one to seven kits. But typically there are usually three to four per litter.
Signs of a raccoon in your attic during this time of year are never good. Chances are it’s a mother building a den to give birth. You’ll no longer have one problem, but several.
Dealing With a Raccoon Infestation in Your Attic
The last thing you need is for a raccoon to make itself comfortable and have babies in your attic. Two of the main signs a raccoon may be in or around your home are noises and/or trails in the snow.
You should inspect your roof after the snow thaws. Then repair any winter-related damage.
If you determine there’s a raccoon with babies in your attic, don’t try to remove them yourself. This can be extremely dangerous. The mother will instinctively try to protect her young.
Call a company that specializes in raccoon removal. They’ll know how to remove the raccoons humanely. They can also help prevent others from entering your home.
Preventing a Raccoon Infestation
The last thing you probably want to have to deal with is a raccoon infestation. Although they’re prevalent in Ohio, there are ways to prevent them from entering your home. Here are a few things you may want to do:
- Don’t leave pet food outdoors
- Check your bird feeders regularly
- Secure your trash can
- Don’t leave fallen nuts or fruit lying around
In general, you should keep your yard clean. This prevents it from being a haven for them to feast.
You may also want to consider putting up a fence if you don’t already have one. If not, at least try to seal entry points around your home.
An expert wildlife removal company specializing in the removal of raccoons can also provide you with the best raccoon prevention strategies.
Prepping Yourself for the Raccoon’s Mating Season
You’ll probably never consider having a raccoon for a pet. Chances are you wouldn’t want multiple raccoons living in your home either. But this is a possibility during the raccoon’s mating season.
The raccoon mating season is a time of year when you’ll want to safeguard your home. Raccoons love making their dens in attics. It’s a perfect location to keep their offspring safe from predators.
However, if you’ve already found evidence they’re in your attic, don’t panic.
The Critter Detective can help. We specialize in raccoon removal and can remove them from your home safely and humanely. Contact The Critter Detective today to schedule an appointment.
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