The Lifecycle of The Raccoon

Raccoons are a problem for many Mississauga residents. Our raccoon removal solutions are humane and effective. If you have a raccoon problem, before you give us a call, take a minute and learn a few things about them. Raccoons are nocturnal and remain active during the evening hours throughout the year. Raccoons breed towards the end of winter in February and March. The male normally sticks around a female before wandering off to look for another mate. After mating, female raccoons give birth young in April and may. The litter on average contains 3- 6 young. Female raccoons look for suitable areas, which may include chimneys, attics, hollow trees to raise their young . They are exceptionally good with their hands and can tear their entry through vents and roofs. Young raccoons are born without teeth and with their eyes closed.

The young can nurse between two to four months and sticks with their mother until the next breeding season. The mother weans her young using her milk for just past two months old. After a few weeks of weaning, young raccoons are taken out of their den to learn how to hunt. The mother takes good care of her young and may even adopt another litters young

After one year, raccoons leave their mother and wander off to find their own territory. Raccoons live in town near woodland areas and sources of water. Young ones normally make chattering sounds after seeing the return of their mother from hunting and this is a good indicator that they have invaded your attic. Raccoons are mostly visible during summer as they search for food.

They are omnivorous and eat both meat and vegetables. If they invade your home they will hunt your yard for grubs, eat from the trash and can even feed from pet food available.

They have a life expectancy of five years in the wild and in captivity can live up to twenty years. Racoons natural enemies include pack of dogs, owls, bobcats and are often killed accidentally by cars.