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Illinois Directory Of Nuisance Wildlife Control Professionals

Mattoon and Charleston, IL

McGinnis Wildlife Control
217-610-8800

McGinnis Wildlife Control is a full-service wildlife control company serving Mattoon and Charleston IL and the surrounding area. We specialize in urban and suburban wildlife damage management for both residential and commercial customers. We are state licensed by the Illinois Fish & Wildlife Commission. We handle nearly all aspects of wildlife control, and resolve conflicts between people and wildlife in a humane and professional manner. For Mattoon and Charleston pest control of wildlife, just give us a call at 217-610-8800 - yes, we answer our phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - and we will discuss your wildlife problem and schedule an appointment to solve it. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Scratching Noises in Your Attic?
  • Unwanted Wildlife on Property?
  • Problem Bird or Bat Infestation?
  • Digging Lawn or Under House?
  • We Can Solve It!
Many of Illinois's wild animals have learned to adapt and even thrive in our homes. For example some wildlife have found that attics make great places to live. Other animals find refuge under homes or porches. Invariably, these animals cause damage. Rodents, like squirrels and rats, love to chew on electrical wires once in an attic, and this causes a serious fire hazard. Raccoons can cause serious contamination in an attic with their droppings and parasites. Same goes for bat or bird colonies. We specialize in solving Illinois's wildlife problems, from snake removal to large jobs like commercial bat control, we do it all.

We do not handle dog or cat problems. If you need assistance with a domestic animal, such as a dog or a cat, you need to call your local Coles county animal services for assistance. They can help you out with issues such as stray dogs, stray cats, spay & neuter programs, vaccinations, licenses, pet adoption, bite reports, deceased pets, lost pets, local animal complaints and to report neglected or abused animals. There is no free Mattoon and Charleston animal control for wildlife issues.

Coles County Animal Services or Humane Society: (217) 345-4112


Mattoon and Charleston Wildlife Removal Tip: What Is A Raccoon’s Mating Habits?

An adult raccoon is medium size and weights between fourteen and forty pounds depending on age, habitat and food habits and a male raccoon can weigh over sixty pounds and is known as boar or sow. Weather influence Raccoon's activity as they are most active during spring, summer and fall and sleep mostly during the winter.

Raccoons behaviour

Raccoons are usually solitary animals except during the mating season and do not share long term bonding or ‘pair bonding’. Raccoons are good communicators as they vocalize using hisses, screams, growls, snarls and whistle. They are nocturnal mammals and are most active at night between sunset and sunrise and mating seasons happen through January to June.

Female raccoons

Female raccoons can give birth around the age of one and breed constantly every year as they ovulate spontaneously. The pregnant female continuously forges food for days and nights as they develop voracious appetite. Since there is competition from older males the male racoons usually do not breed until the second year and follow polygyny. So there can be a huge population of raccoons in the surrounding but that does not happen. The lifespan of raccoons in wild is usually three to five years while in captivity raccoons can live up to twenty years.

The gestation period happens to be little over two months after which the female gives birth to a litter of four to six baby raccoons called kits. Female Raccoons often chose a safe place like attic, chimney or den and often tear open holes in roofs of the house to raise their young ones all alone.

Male raccoons

The male raccoons return to their den and do not participate in nurturing the kits. Kits are born blind, with fur and weigh between three and five ounce. Raccoons are nursing mothers caring for the kits and gathering foods for their nourishment for first eight weeks. On the ninth and tenth week the kits are able to move and accompany their mother in search of food.

Like any other caring mother raccoon mother is protective of her young ones and attack predators if necessary. They stay with the babies until they are a year old and teach how to hunt food and climb down the trees with head first. The babies become independent around twelve to fourteen months of age and venture out alone however adults live in a community for first few years for better protection against predators like coyote, cougars ad bobcats. Female raccoons with babies get preference in the raccoon hierarchy in feeding and safety situation.

Raccoons cause huge damage to property so relocating them is very necessary however, make sure that the family is not separated as the babies cannot hunt, defend or protect themselves against different odds in the wild.


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