What Is the Gestation Period for a Raccoon?

Pregnant raccoons are often on the hunt for dark, secluded, and quiet spaces where they can build a nest and give birth to their young. Sometimes, their search brings them to the porches, garages, and attics of residential properties. While they’re normally docile, invasive raccoons can become territorial, especially if they are cornered while protecting their young. If you suspect there are raccoons living on your property, then here is what you should know about raccoon removal during breeding season.

Raccoon Gestation Period

Raccoon breeding season is between January and June. Most babies are born between April and May. The average gestation period is around 63 days, and litters can range from one to seven babies. Baby raccoons rely heavily on their mothers, especially until they can open their eyes and ears at about three weeks old. They’ll make lots of chirping and scratching sounds, letting you know they’ve potentially made a home on your property.

The Threat of Invasive Raccoons

While raccoons and their babies may seem cute, you do not want them living on your property as they can cause significant and costly problems, including:

1. Property Damage: Pregnant raccoons use insulation as a nest and will chew through ventilation and electrical systems to get around. This could lead to mold and water damage that threatens the integrity of your home’s structure.

2. Diseases: While uncommon, raccoons are a leading carrier of rabies and can pass it on to humans and other animals through bites or scratches. These critters can also host fleas and ticks which can pass on other illnesses like Lyme disease.

Effective Raccoon Removal Services

Instead of using dangerous chemicals that put you and your loved ones at risk, Critter Control® of Polk County uses a four-step CritterSafe® removal method that keeps in mind the health of you and the animal. Our raccoon removal process includes:

1. Inspection: We will conduct a thorough walkthrough of your property to determine any entry points, locate the pests, and gauge the size of your infestation.

2. Removal: Using humane traps and environmentally friendly products, all nuisance raccoons are removed.

3. Restoration: Any property damage is cleaned, decontaminated, and repaired.

4. Exclusion: Entry points are permanently sealed to prevent raccoons from returning.

Expert Raccoon Removal in Polk County

As soon as you notice signs of raccoons or other nuisance wildlife, call Critter Control® of Polk County. Our wildlife removal technicians will quickly and safely remove any pests from your property and keep them from returning. To schedule your inspection and receive a free estimate for our effective raccoon removal services, call Critter Control® of Polk County at 863-204-2815.


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