Common Raccoon Habitats
Primary habitats for raccoons in nature include tree cavities, hollowed tree trunks, rock dens, old animal burrows, and similar sheltered areas. As for urban and suburban areas, raccoons have a whole separate set of unique options. Most often, raccoons are found infesting residential and commercial properties; usually in attics, crawl spaces, wall voids, garages, and outdoor structures like sheds and storage units. Here, they will cause an extreme amount of damage over the winter season.
But if raccoons cannot find access inside a home or building, they will look for alternative places to nest for the winter. Some of these places are quite unique, making raccoons a very thrifty species. After all, they are incredible intelligent and retain memory well. That is why raccoons tend to be a persistent problem for property owners; they remember where the good food sources are and will continue to pillage them until they are stopped.
Here are some interesting and odd places you might find raccoons nesting this season:
➥ Stationary Vehicles – It may seem very unsuspecting, but the undercarriages of vehicles can make a cozy little shelter for wildlife. Raccoons, opossums, squirrels, and chipmunks are common nuisance wildlife found nesting underneath an abandoned, stationary, or junk vehicle. Be sure to take extra precaution when checking your vehicle for nesting animals.
➥ Tree Houses – The kids may have outgrown the tree house you built for them years ago, but there are several animals that consider it a gem. Raccoons are one of those animals! They have long claws and dexterous paws that give them excellent climbing ability, allowing them to access tree house with ease. If your kids have not entered the tree house in several months, it is important that you check it for animal nests before it is back in use.
➥ Tall Grass Beds – That tall grass we sometimes plant on our properties can be easily trampled down in the center, creating a circular shelter with tall grassy walls. Animals like raccoons, skunks, and opossum are well-known for using these grasses for nesting areas. It may look like normal grass on the outside, but at a closer glance, you may find a nest in the middle!
➥ Empty Hot Tubs and Pools – If you have a hot tub or swimming pool out of use, be sure it is secured well. Raccoons love to use these vacant spots to make their nests for the winter. And it is certainly not fun for the homeowner since they get quite the surprise when it comes time to re-fill their hot tubs and pools!
Additional Spots You May Find a Hiding Raccoon:
⇢ Empty Planters
⇢ Chicken Coops
⇢ Enclosed Jungle Gym Slides
⇢ Log Piles