Raccoons play a major role in maintaining the health of our ecosystem. As scavengers, these creatures are natural-born trash collectors and play a key role in cleaning up their environments. In addition to scavenging, raccoons help distribute seeds throughout the ecosystem through their herbivore diets consisting of berries, fruit and nuts. This seed dispersal aids in plant reproduction, which is key to the life cycles of a variety of plants. Through seemingly destructive digging habits, raccoons create soil turnover, which improves infiltration of water and nutrients, leading to improved aeration of the soil in the environment.
They’re most active in spring, summer and fall, and tend to stay in their dens for most of the winter months. Mating season usually begins in late winter, with females giving birth to 1-6 kits in late April or May.
Many people regard raccoons as mischievous pests, who can become a nuisance to your home or property, but they clearly serve a vital purpose for the health and growth of our ecosystem. Despite their importance, their presence still can pose a threat to your health or wellbeing––especially if they’re found living inside of your home. Wildlife found within your home, will be evicted or removed in the most humane way possible, with human and animal health as our top priority, with a long-term solution to prevent additional wildlife entry.