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The Few Things That Scare Raccoons | Raccoon Removal New Jersey

Filed under: Raccoon Removal New Jersey — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 8:32 am March 17, 2017

The Few Things That Scare Raccoons | Raccoon Removal New Jersey

Some of you may have spent considerable amounts of time around your house cleaning up the various garbage-messes that raccoons are known to cause. Raccoons can be annoying, and many people become stuck in situations where they cannot avoid raccoon-induced problems around the house. In most of these cases, hopefully, people will simply call a wildlife professional in order to have the raccoon/s removed, but this is easier said than done since raccoons are often not around causing problems when animal control professionals are inspecting your property. In some situations where people are stuck with raccoons, some people may resort to inhumane methods to get rid of raccoons, such as shooting, mainly. Of course, there is no reason to rob an animal of its life, so how do you get rid of raccoons once they have singled out your home as a reliable source of food? Can something be used that would scare raccoons, causing them to run away?

Raccoons are pretty tough creatures. These furry critters are highly adapted to a variety of different climatic conditions. If you have ever seen a raccoon, then you may know that they are rather fearless creatures as many raccoons ignore nearby humans. So the idea of scaring them away somehow does not always appeal to some people as a pest-management method. However, with persistence, most people do seem to succeed at scaring raccoons away from their property.

Any living creature is afraid of things. Fear and anxiety are necessary for survival. So the trick is to find out what scares raccoons. Bright lights, like floodlights, and loud noises, like car alarms, have been known to scare these nocturnal creatures. Since raccoons protect themselves by remaining largely unknown to nearby predators, raccoons naturally regard loud noises and spotlights as their enemies. Motion activated sprinklers are quickly becoming a popular method of removing raccoons from people’s property. As the name implies, raccoons invading your property will set off a motion sensor causing the sprinklers to activate. After a raccoon gets drenched just as it was invading your property, you can bet that it won’t be coming back for a visit in the future.

Have you ever experienced a problem with raccoons invading your yard and causing damage when you were not looking?

 

 

 

 

In Which Parts Of The World Did Raccoons Evolve? | Raccoon Removal New Jersey

Filed under: Raccoon Removal New Jersey — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 11:45 am March 15, 2017

In Which Parts Of The World Did Raccoons Evolve? | Raccoon Removal New Jersey

Raccoons are often associated with North America, which makes sense since raccoons are native to North America. However, North America is not where raccoons got their start. Raccoons as we know them today migrated north not so long ago, and raccoons dwell in many different parts of the world despite being native to North America.

Raccoons originally inhabited the tropics where they foraged for food along riverbanks. Over time raccoons moved up north, eventually reaching parts of Canada. While raccoons were traveling northwards they successfully adapted to a variety of different climates as well as expanding their taste in food. This rapid acclimation to new environments makes raccoons particularly successful animals.

As raccoons were progressing northward, barns would provide raccoons with heat in order to survive the increasingly cold winters. This is one factor that has enabled raccoons to successfully seek, locate, and inhabit human made structures. In fact, using manmade structures as shelter has allowed raccoons to travel and thrive in regions as far north as Alaska.

The raccoons adaptive abilities are so astounding that much of their northern migration progressed quickly relative to many other animals. For example, it is considered a normal occurrence to encounter a raccoon outdoors these days, but prior to the early 1900s, the American public were unfamiliar with raccoons. The first urban raccoon sighting occurred in Cincinnati during the 1920s. Raccoons often prefer urban to rural areas since they actually have a greater chance of survival in the city given the abundance of food and shelter as opposed to rural conditions where they can perish from harsh conditions or from hunting expeditions.

Despite raccoons adapting to various environments in the Americas, raccoons do not dwell in parts of the Rocky Mountains as well as some southwestern states, such as Arizona, Nevada and Utah. Raccoons can also still be found dwelling in tropical climates in South and Central America. During the 1900’s raccoons were introduced to some nations across the ocean where they still live today. These countries include Germany, as well as Russia and Japan.

Have you ever spotted a raccoon in any region outside of the continental United States? If you have, in what region did you spot the raccoon?