Raccoons are some of the most annoying pests around your home. They are smart and know how to break into your garbage containers or steal your pet’s food. Here’s what you need to know about these pests and how you can keep them away from your home.
All About Raccoons
Raccoons are smart, and they are very adaptable too. This means they can thrive in areas that are undeveloped as well as developed. They aren’t just limited to the suburbs or wooded areas, either. They can be found in cities too. You don’t have to live rurally to have a problem with raccoons.
Raccoons are omnivores, which means they will eat just about anything. They are also nocturnal, which means they are most active after the sun goes down, but they’ve been known to look for food sources during the day as well. And they can nest almost anywhere too, including your chimney, attic or crawl space. The most helpful things humans know about raccoons is that they are creatures of habits, so once you identify their routines then it’s easier to know how to keep them away.
If You Have a Raccoon Problem
Raccoons can cause a lot of disruptions. They dig through your garden, can injure your pets, dump over your trash cans and just basically be annoying. If you have raccoons around or even in your home there are things you can do about it. Of course, never try to catch a raccoon yourself – they carry diseases transmittable to humans. But, there are definitely things you can do to deter them without getting too close.
If you choose to seal up your home where they are getting in, you have to first make sure they’ve actually moved out. You need to make sure there are no babies left in the next, so listen for the raccoon kits (babies). You may want them out of your home, but you also don’t want to let innocent little kits die inside your house.
A few ways you can encourage a raccoon to move on from your home is by:
- Sealing up any ways they are getting in, leaving one open.
- When you’ve identified they are coming in, put a turned on flashlight as close to the nest as possible, turning it off periodically so she’ll come back for her kits.
- Put a radio near their den day and night to annoy them.
- Trim any trees that may be helping them to enter and exit your home.
You have to stay diligent to make sure the raccoons have moved on. When you’re sure they’re gone then you need to make sure and close up their entrance to prevent them from coming back. Also, make sure to secure chimneys so they won’t crawl in them.
If a raccoon gets into your house try to close off where it is located so it can’t get to the rest of your house and then call in a professional to come and take care of it for you.
If you have questions or concerns about raccoon proofing your home, call the experts at GreenArmy today!