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When people think of New York City, a lot of things come to mind. Whether you are talking about the Empire State building, the subway system, Yankee Stadium, or the enormous amount of people, there are a significant number of things to think about when the city’s name is mentioned.
However, one thing that is not commonly when people think of New York City are raccoons. These seem to be the animals that are more frequently found in rural or suburban areas, but aren’t something that one would imagine would be living in the largest city in North America.
The fact of the matter is that these animals do live there, and thrive, meaning that the likelihood of you coming in contact with the raccoon if you lived in the city or were visiting it is quite likely. Raccoons exist in all five boroughs of the city and have easily adapted to the conditions that afforded food and shelter.
If you think about it, New York City is actually quite an ideal location for a raccoon to live. These creatures are true omnivores, which means that they will eat just about anything. Only a goat is less selective than a raccoon. Because of this reason, raccoons are likely to find a wide assortment of food throughout the city. Whether it is diving into people’s garbage cans, the dumpsters at restaurants, or eating the food that people simply dropped along the road, there is what seems like an endless supply of food available for the raccoon.
There were also numerous places where a raccoon can live. These animals don’t need to live in a tree or in a hole in the ground. They can instead live quite comfortably in the attic of a house, the basement of an apartment complex, or even in the storage closet of a business. As long as there is ample space for them to be able to move around in a little bit of privacy so that they can sleep undisturbed, you can be sure that raccoons will find a comfortable place to live.
It is for reasons like this that raccoons are seen in abundance within the city limits. However, you should be quite cautious should you come in contact with one of these animals. Not only can they cause a lot of physical damage to your home and property, but raccoons are the carriers of several different kinds of diseases. This includes rabies, which is deadly to you or your pet should you be bitten and not treated right away.
If you come in contact with the raccoon, the best thing to do is to avoid it at all costs. To keep them from coming around your house make sure that your garbage cans are closed tightly, that you trim trees and bushes so they will not have a good hiding spot, and that you feed your pets indoors. By taking these steps you ensure that a raccoon will not become a menace to you and your family.
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- my main raccoon removal info guide.
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Raccoon job blog
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