The Raccoon is a common animal throughout the United States and a animal that most of has seen around. However there are several things that most of us do not know about the Raccoon and their breeding habits along with their basic life cycle. It is estimated that 35% of all Raccoons in Metro areas are born and raised in peoples attic area, you can find out more information about this by clicking on our Raccoon in Attic page. Raccoon have babies usually once a year, the female raccoon starts her breeding cycle in January and February. She goes thru a 63 day gestation period. When she has her babies, she usually has on average 4-6 at a time. The babies are reliant on their mother for aprox 8 weeks. After 8 weeks the mother Raccoon starts to school her young raccoon babies to their outer environment. This involves taking the babies on food finding trips, showing the baby raccoons what to do in case of danger and schooling the baby raccoons of what to be afraid of. If you find a baby raccoon in your attic or your fireplace, please call a wildlife removal professional found in the link bellow.
Please don not try to handle this problem, always call a professional to handle your Raccoon complaint. a list of professional wildlife removal companies can be found here Animal Removal Professionals
Raccoon droppings pose a huge threat. Their droppings found on your attic may contain Baylisascaris which is Raccoon Roundworm. this is a huge problem and one that should be looked into closer my visiting sites like webmd.com some information about Raccoon Rondworm is a follows: Baylisascaris, an intestinal raccoon roundworm, it can infect a variety of animals, including humans. The worms develop to maturity in the raccoon intestine, where they produce millions of eggs that are passed into the feces. Released eggs can take 2-4 weeks to become infective to other animals and humans. The eggs are resistant to most environmental conditions and with adequate moisture, can survive for years. This information is copied from the www.cdc.gov site.