What Do Raccoons Eat in Cities

What Do Raccoons Eat in Cities

Toronto and raccoons belong unwillingly together like bread and butter only the relationship between the average Torontonians and their raccoons is much more problematic. The ongoing raccoon battle has been going on for so long that the media coined Toronto as raccoon capital of the world. One might ask – what attracts raccoons to Toronto so much? Don’t they have their food? And what does their diet consist of in a natural habitat? The reason why Toronto is so attractive to raccoons and why they seem to take over the city in hordes might not be as complicated as you might think. Raccoons are essentially urban scavengers and when food is hard to come by in nature then why not just go to your nearest trash can and go all out? The answer is simply just an abundance of readily available food sources that pack essential nutrients for days to feed on. If you want to get rid of the raccoons in your home, contact Raccoon Removal Kitchener to solve your raccoon problem!

In their natural habitat raccoons are known to consume berries, other fruits, nuts, grains, and vegetables. They also eat insects, eggs, poultry, rats, squirrels, small livestock, birds, fish, snakes, crawfish, worms, frogs, and mollusks. They are excellent fishermen catching fish with their dexterous hands. Raccoons like humans are carnivores, therefore it wouldn’t be considered out of place for raccoons to eat several types of rodents including mice and rats. As mentioned before briefly,  raccoons e prefer fruits such as strawberries, watermelons, apple, cherries, and blackberries. 

As far as their urban diet is concerned, they eat about anything readily available including what is present in your garbage bins right now. they are known to be very fond of cat and dog food, as well as other foods given to pets. They are even seen helping themselves to bird feed as their diet in the wild consists of grains and nuts ideally for fattening up in the wintertime. 

Raccoon presence essentially equals food and where there is an abundance of food left, the likelihood to spot a raccoon in your kitchen at night trying and prying and even succeeding to open up the Tupperware that is stored in your fridge is not unlikely. It should not come to a surprise that these critters possess the necessary skills and the know-how to open up different types of seals and lids including the much-loved garbage bins. 

As we are dealing with unprecedented times, you must inform your local wildlife removal service when you see a raccoon on your property as soon as possible. Even though little is known about the coronavirus at the moment, you must stay vigilant at all times. As we practice social distancing on a large scale, our technicians will do everything to ensure that the raccoon removal process is as comfortable as possible as we collectively make an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Do not hesitate at all if you see a raccoon on your property as your safety is a priority.