6 STEPS TO KEEP RACCOONS AWAY FROM YOUR HOME AND YARD
Cartoon raccoons may look cute, but real raccoons can be dangerous. They may come to your yard in search of food, leaving destruction in their wake. Or, they might see your home or garage as a warm, cozy place to move in. While there, they’ll quickly chew at your home’s features and leave droppings behind.
Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to prevent these critters from invading your space.
1. SEAL TRASH CANS
For raccoons, the trash in your trash can looks and smells like a delicious dinner. You want to prevent these hungry raccoons from knocking over your trash can and spilling garbage. To do so, buy trash cans with sealing lids. You can improve the seal by attaching plastic tubing along the lid’s rim.
If raccoons continue to break into your trash, try placing a heavy object on top of the lid. You could also try adding some ammonia to your trash can—the smell with drive raccoons away.
2. ADD LIGHTS
Lights can scare raccoons away and keep them from approaching your home. Install bright, motion-activated lights on your porch, driveway, and yard. You’ll likely need multiple lights to dissuade raccoons from approaching your space.
3. SECURE YOUR BIRD FEEDER
Raccoons will take food wherever they can find it, and your bird feeder can be an easy source. To protect your bird feeder from raccoons, install baffles on the poles of your bird feeder. These baffles block raccoons from reaching the bird feeder. You should also place trays six inches below the bird feeder to catch any seed before it drops on the ground. When bird seed falls on the ground, it can attract raccoons to your outdoor space.
4. REMOVE PET FOOD
You might set pet food and water outside where it’s convenient for your pet. However, this practice is convenient for raccoons as well. Avoid putting pet food and water outside or in your garage, especially overnight.
5. CUT BACK TREE BRANCHES
If there are tree branches hanging over your roof, raccoons might climb up the tree to get access to your home. Thus, you should cut back any tree branches that are within six inches of your home.
6. SEAL OPENINGS TO YOUR HOME
Look carefully for any openings in your home’s walls that raccoons could exploit. Cover these openings with sheet metal, wire mesh, or metal flashing. You can seal smaller holes with caulking or foam insulation.
By chewing and clawing their way through, raccoons can also enter through:
- Roof soffit and fascia
- Roof vents
- Roof edges
Pay attention to any vulnerable areas of your roof, such as roting wood. Have a roofing specialist repair and fortify your roof to protect it from raccoons. A specialist can also install pest-deterring roofing products such as chimney caps and crawlspace vapor barriers.
Also, avoid installing pet doors or leaving your garage door slightly open for your pet. Your pet probably won’t be the only animal to use these openings.
Act If Raccoons Enter Your Home or Yard
Even with these precautions, raccoons might still invade your space.
If you want to get rid of raccoons on your property, call a pest-control specialist. Only a professional pest-control specialist has the training and experience to safely trap and remove raccoons. He or she can also remove raccoon feces. Plus, a pest-control specialist can help you recognize and address anything about your home or yard that draws raccoons in.
Protect your home and family from raccoons by following these prevention tips. If you need to get raccoons removed from your property, call Triangle Wildlife Removal & Pest Control Inc.