In Sacramento, like most of the country, raccoons can be found all over the place. Their adaptability has allowed them to move from the country landscape as a wildlife creature to an urban life in cities and towns across the country.

There are a few factors that make raccoons especially adept at finding food and shelter in an urban environment, which leads them to run in to people more often than most other wild animals.

First, raccoons are cavity nesters in the wild, meaning they typically cozy up inside old trees and similar small spaces to create a home for themselves. The tremendous number of cavities available in cities offers these small mammals an abundance of housing options.

Any open garage door, deck, or unprotected attic we have on our houses, or sheds in the backyard, there are plenty of places where these animals can comfortably live.

The other thing that makes city life appealing to raccoons is the veritable cornucopia of dining options available to them. As omnivores, raccoons will eat pretty much anything they can get their paws on, be it meat, vegetation, or garbage.

If raspberries from the backyard bushes or bird seed from the feeder goes missing, chances are raiding raccoons are to blame.

They’ll eat out of your trash cans and out of your compost pile, in addition to all the natural diet they eat such as nuts, insects, bird eggs and small mammals like mice and voles. Raccoons hardly worry about starving in a city.

While urban raccoons are no novelty for most human residents, they can still carry diseases such as rabies that will cause them to attack people and even a healthy raccoon can be quite aggressive.

For anyone with a raccoon problem, contact Fast Action Pest Control for a free inspection and a quick solution to trap and remove the pest.  In the meantime toss some rags soaked in ammonia into whatever cavity to flush them out and once they leave patch up the hole thy entered through so they can no longer return. Taking steps to make their food and shelter harder to come by can also deter a raccoon and may be enough to get it to move to another area of town.

The Humane Society of the United States agrees practicing prevention can be enough to deter a raccoon and offers tips on dealing with the pesky urban animal on its website.