Raccoons are easy to recognize with their distinctive black mask that resembles a burglar mask. Adults range from 10 lbs and up, with some reaching over 40 lbs. They can live up to 12 years in the wild, though average life spans average closer to 5-6 years. Raccoons mate in the winter, around December, and the females give birth to an average of 3-5 babies. A mother raccoon is very protective of its litter, and can attack, usually born in the spring time. Like many mammals, they are primarily nocturnal, though some people spot them during the day, often when in search of food. They will eat almost anything they can get their hands on.
Raccoons are very common in the Nassau County New York area. They are well adapted for survival in cities. They are excellent climbers, and they have very nimble hands. They are also strong, and they often explore, tearing new areas open in search of food and shelter. They like to nest in trees, but they love to make dens in attics, sometimes causing extensive costly damage.
The only way of getting rid of raccoons is through trapping and removal of the critter. If you have raccoons in your attic, it's important that the critter removal technician search for a litter of baby raccoons, and remove them by hand before trapping and removing the female raccoon. If it's just raccoons outside causing trouble, they can be trapped and removed, but beware, they'll often dig and grab anything within a few inches of the cage, and will bite to protect their babies. It is always best to call an expert like "Animal Removal" for raccoon removal in the Long Island New York area.