Common Myths about Raccoons

Though they are one of the most common urban dwelling critters in North America, there is much misinformation out there about raccoons. Critter Control® has been working with local communities for decades to safely and responsibly remove nuisance animals like raccoons from residences and commercial properties alike.

Our customers deserve to be informed, and we’re going to address some common misconceptions about those furry bandits we see dumpster-diving all too often.

Myth: Raccoons are Strictly Nocturnal

It is true that raccoons are most active at night and do have nocturnal tendencies, but they will also venture out during the day in some situations. The idea that raccoons seen during the day are suffering from rabies is another myth, as you will most often see female raccoons foraging for food during the day. Though this doesn’t mean they are rabid, do not approach a wild raccoon, as they are unsanitary and can transfer bacteria and disease to humans.

Myth: Raccoons Hibernate in the Winter

This is possibly the most widely accepted myth surrounding Raccoons. Scarce food sources and cold temperatures send many animals into hibernation, but raccoons remain active year-around thanks to some unique traits. They are omnivores so their food options are more diverse than many mammals. Raccoons can also enter a state called torpor. This is similar to hibernation in that the animal lowers their body temperature and will sleep for long periods of time, but the raccoons will still wake up on warm days to forage. Raccoons that live in warm climates may never need to enter torpor.

Myth: Raccoons Wash Their Food

Raccoons do dip their food in water and roll it around in their hands before eating it, but this has nothing to do with the cleanliness of their food. Raccoon front paws are very sensitive to touch and a large part of their brain is dedicated to the senses in those paws, so raccoons will wash their food and roll it in their hands to help them recognize potential food sources.

The Professionals Can Help

At the first sign of a raccoon problem, call the experts at Critter Control®. We’ll not only remove unwanted wildlife, but repair any damage they may have caused and exclude them from your home to make sure they do not return. To schedule a free consultation or simply to get answers for your raccoon extermination questions, call us today .