Raccoons are adventurous creatures and keeping them at bay can be an endless, seemingly impossible task. A raccoon is, in general, not an animal that will attack without provocation, but prevention is always better than cure. Here are some raccoon proofing tips, to help you avoid dealing with the raccoon removal process.
1. Your Home
A raccoon would love to get into your home, nice and warm with lots to eat! If there is a large population of raccoons in your area, keeping them out of your home can be quite difficult. Keeping windows and doors shut when unattended is always a good idea, as is repairing and damage to walls or screens. Make sure vents and inlets into the house are kept maintained and sealed, this includes the chimney. Raccoons are quite agile creatures. Try to keep any pet doors free of food that will attract the creatures and if necessary, lay traps near openings to the house. If you encounter a raccoon in the home, let them make their own way out by leaving doors or windows open, if unsure then call a professional.
2. Your Garden
Unfortunately, raccoon proofing your garden can be difficult and may never fully work. Fads such as high-pitched alarms have also been proven to be ineffective and costly, avoid these. Common sense should prevail here and keeping your garden tidy and rubbish-free is a great start. Raccoons come for food and shelter and if neither are forthcoming, they will move on. Keep sheds and garages closed and make sure they are in good repair. A sprinkler with a sensor may also be effective in some cases. However, if you absolutely have to keep raccoons away from the house and garden, the only sure-fire way looks to be a large, heavy fence. This may not be 100% effective though, so be warned!
3. Your Rubbish
Rubbish bins, skips and bags are the pay-load for any raccoon. Full of leftovers and everything else, raccoons love getting into a nice smelly bin. Keeping your bins clean and shut tight can be a good preventative measure. Bungee cords are very effective on both metal and plastic bins and the raccoon may tire of trying to get into these. Keep any bins locked away until they are due to be collected and you can greatly reduce your raccoon activity.
So remember to take care of your home and garden and hopefully, your raccoon problem will subside. Visit our wildlife control service page for more information. If in doubt, always call a professional: 647-931-6582