When do Pregnant Raccoons Give Birth?
Baby raccoon season is coming! With a high amount of pregnant raccoons giving birth in late spring, you may need to be on the lookout for signs that you have become a host to a new family of raccoons. During baby raccoon season, pregnant raccoons are going to be on the hunt for a safe and cozy spot for their little ones to grow.
When is Peak Baby Raccoon Season?
Raccoons typically give birth between March and June, with April and May being the peak season for raccoon babies. During this season, mother raccoons typically have litters of up to eight babies at a time. For the first two months or so, the kits don’t tend to venture out very much. At about the three-month mark, however, the babies are old enough to begin exploring their surroundings and foraging on their own, which can be quite rambunctious.
How Do I Know if There’s a Raccoon in My Home?
If your home has been selected as the nesting spot of a raccoon family, then it’s likely that the first indication you will have that you have will be the baby raccoon sounds. Raccoon noises usually sound like rustling, banging, or thumping coming from places like your basement, attic, or garage. You may also hear the baby raccoons crying; the cry of a baby raccoon sounds almost like a type of purring or chirping noise.
As adorable as these little creatures are, it’s not a very good idea to try to cohabit with pregnant raccoons or their kits during baby raccoon season. Raccoons like to return to the same spot they were born to have their own babies, so it’s best to remedy the situation before the problem gets out of hand. Mother raccoons are likely to become aggressive while protecting their young. Because raccoons are at high risk for carrying rabies, it’s best to keep some distance between raccoon families and yours.
What Should I do if I Hear Baby Raccoon Sounds?
The first thing you should do when you suspect that you’ve got raccoons living in your home is to contact a humane wildlife removal service. While you may not want wildlife inside your home, it is important to seek out a solution that is safe for both the raccoon family and yours. At Critter Ridder, we have 10 years of experience in developing humane removal methods. We can help ethically and safely remove raccoons from your home.
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