Raccoons in Florida
Florida Raccoon Facts
Sure, they’re adorable. But raccoons are also a big problem for Florida homeowners and businesses. The experts at All Florida Pest Control are the answer.
Bandit-masked raccoons are a familiar sight just about everywhere, because they will eat just about anything. These ubiquitous mammals are found in forests, marshes, prairies, and even in cities. They are adaptable and use their dexterous front paws and long fingers to find and feast on a wide variety of fare.
In the natural world, raccoons snare a lot of their meals in the water. These nocturnal foragers use lightning-quick paws to grab crayfish, frogs, and other aquatic creatures. On land, they pluck mice and insects from their hiding places and raid nests for tasty eggs.
However, raccoons are also just as happy feasting on what’s in your trash cans and garden. They’re smart and will even open garbage cans to dine on the contents. That adds up to a messy problem for homeowners and businesses. Additionally, raccoons are happy denning just about anywhere that feels safe, including attics and crawlspaces, where they become a noisy nightmare for homeowners.
Female raccoons have one to seven cubs in early summer. The young raccoons often spend the first two months or so of their lives in the den. Later, mother and children move to the ground when the cubs begin to explore on their own.
Raccoons in the northern parts of their range gorge themselves in spring and summer to store up body fat. They then spend much of the winter asleep in a den. There are six other species of raccoons, in addition to the familiar northern (North American) raccoon. Most other species live on tropical islands.