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Spotting the Signs of Raccoons

The Bay Area is warming up, and that means raccoon activity will soon be heating up too. Although raccoons prefer wooded areas near water and natural habitats, homeowners in the area often deal with the destructive pests. When they find themselves in urban setting, raccoons will scavenge from garbage cans and compost piles in search of food. In addition to the mess they cause rummaging through trash, raccoon droppings can transmit roundworm and other parasites to people and pets alike. If you notice any of the following signs, contact a pest control and wildlife management provider in Pleasanton to handle your raccoon problem.

Small, Hand-Shaped Tracks

Like bears, raccoons walk on their entire paws and not just the toes as some other animals. This creates the distinguishable and characteristic paw track of the raccoon. If you notice small, hand-shaped tracks around your property—and especially near garbage cans and compost piles—contact a rodent and wildlife management company in the Bay Area.

Stains or Rub Marks

Spotting the Signs of Raccoons - Pleasanton

Raccoons prefer to use the same path frequently. This causes a noticeable stain or rub to be seen on surfaces that raccoons pass by regularly. Because other animals and pests can leave such stains, look for raccoon “handprints” near stains or rub marks to confirm their presence. Even if you don’t notice raccoon tracks, contact a pest control company to deal with whatever rodent or pest is sneaking around your property causing stains and rub marks.

Raccoon “Scat”

Raccoon droppings, also called scat, can vary widely in size depending upon the raccoon’s age. The content of the scat can also vary depending upon what has been eaten. Generally speaking, raccoon scat is about ¾’’ in diameter and approximately 3” long, with segmenting and blunt ends. Because raccoon “latrines” can sometimes be establish on roof and in attics, contact a pest control provider in San Jose as soon as your recognize signs of a raccoon problem to protect your family and pets from roundworm and other parasites present in raccoon scat.