Do raccoons swim?

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Raccoons can swim, and they do swim rather well. In fact, it would seem that raccoons are creatures of many talents, with many of them much smarter than most humans would ever give them credit for. It has already been proven that raccoons living in the heart of big cities tend to be smarter than those that live in more rural backdrops. Raccoons have now learned how to open doors, pop open latches on windows, and even sneak into garbage cans … with latches and ties! They’re determined little critters, and they won’t give up without a fight when they find something they deem worthy of fighting for. If they find a food source, for example, they will continue to try to get to that food source unless it has exhausted EVERY available method. Raccoons can work on the same problem for many hours until they finally solve it.



Raccoons love water. In “the wild” they would choose to live close to water. A lake, for example, would provide plenty of insects and smaller animals that the raccoon could prey on, plus there’s a steady source of fresh drinking water that they can also use to groom themselves. On top of that, you will find trees around lakes / water sources usually, and these provide homes and shelter for the raccoon, especially when it is being chased by a scavenger.

It is not unusual to find raccoons swimming in your swimming pool, if you’re lucky enough to have one, and some of you may even have spotted them splashing around in your fish pond too. The raccoons will eat your fish, given half a chance, but they’re quite lazy … They’d much rather opt for an easier snack, such as insects, or a slow fish that doesn’t require much chasing.

You will more than likely find raccoon poop if you have a raccoon in your garden alongside a pool or a pond. They like to poop in ponds. In case you weren’t aware, the scientific name for the humble raccoon is “procyon lotor”, and this translates roughly to “washed with water”. If you’ve ever seen a raccoon eat, it will dunk the food in water to make it softer. It looks as though the animal is washing their hands / the water, however, and this is what has earned them the name.

If you have a rogue raccoon enjoying your pool more than you are, and leaving a small deposit while they’re there, it’s time to take action. Making your pond or pool raccoon-proof is relatively simple, and it’s an easy case of making the steps really difficult to access. Razor or chicken wire can work. The raccoons tend to walk into the water via the steps, leaving their small deposit on the step themselves. If you can stop them from getting to it, you can stop them from doing the disgusting business. Plus, you really don’t want to share your pool with any wild animal, and definitely not a raccoon. Their urine and fees are well known to carry and transit a wide range of diseases, and the contaminated pool water will get in your ears, eyes, nose and mouth.

Raccoons really do love water, so make sure your home is safe. Give us a call today to find out how we can make your ponds or pools much less attractive to animals just like rodents.

For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
How much does raccoon removal cost? - get the lowdown on prices.
How to get rid of raccoons - my main raccoon removal info guide.
Example raccoon trapping photographs - get do-it-yourself ideas.
Raccoon job blog - learn from great examples of raccoon jobs I've done.
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