Ever since I watched my mother rehabilitate and care for an injured baby raccoon when I was a small child, I have had a fascination with those furry little creatures.
They’re so cute when they finally leave their nest with their mother for the first time. They reach early adolescence and start growing large coats of beautifully speckled and marbled hair. They follow behind their mother closely and watch with fascination as she digs for frogs and rodents. Some people hate raccoons, but I think they’re adorable. I’m not bothered that a small family of raccoons is staying warm in my crawl space as my region sees record breaking lows this winter season. They never get into my trash and it’s obvious they’re under there trying to survive in temperatures that are 20 below zero. Since I have radiant heated flooring, they feel some of that heat sitting below the house. Granted, most of the heat is rising from the floors and going in the opposite direction, but still creates a thermal bubble below that house that further insulates the building from the harsh winter environment. Not to mention the lifesaving effect it is having on that family of raccoons as they brace themselves for the worst winter we have ever had in this particular area. I hope whatever little bit of heat from my radiant heated floors reaches them as they sit below my house during the day and night. I wonder if other animals have crawled under my house in tandem with the raccoons. I don’t want an infestation of rodents by any means, but for now the raccoons aren’t harming anyone, let alone my house and I.