Tips to Avoid Raccoon Infestation
Raccoons can be a problem – a problem you need to deal. The best raccoon defense is a good raccoon offense, which is why here at Green Army we want to arm you with the information you need to win the war you might not know you’re waging against raccoons in and around your home. Here’s what you need to know about how we can help you to keep raccoons out for good!
Get an Inspection
One of the most proactive things you can do to prevent a raccoon infestation is to have an inspection done. A professional pest control inspector can help to identify signs of raccoons around your home, signs that include:
- Overturned trash cans
- Noise from the attic, roof or crawl space
- Damage to the property
What Can Be Done
The best and most effective long-term raccoon control plan involves excluding them. This is achieved by:
- Sealing the home – You will want to make sure all access points to your home are sealed up tight. If there’s any damage that needs to be repaired it should be done immediately.
- Animal proof vents – You need to make sure any vents in the roof or soffits are animal-proofed with heavy duty screening.
- Trim trees – Make sure all trees are cut at least six to eight feet away from the roof.
- Cover the chimney – Raccoons will crawl in your chimney, so make sure it is capped to prevent it.
Eliminate Food Sources
Of course, one of the things that make your home a target for raccoons is food. If they have an easily accessible food source available to them, then they will move right in! To prevent this, you should:
- Keep debris picked up
- Keep trash cans clean
- Use tight lids on trash cans or recycling bins
- Don’t put leftover food outside
- Remove any fruit from the ground that has fallen from a tree
- Cover compost piles
- Don’t use bird feeders
- Install electrical fencing around your garden
It will also pay to limit water they have access to. You can do this by:
- Covering any decorative ponds with wire mesh
- Don’t let water pool
- Direct downspouts away from the home
- Keep swimming pools covered at night
Should You Trap Them?
Don’t attempt to trap a raccoon yourself. Call a company that specializes in trapping wild animals and they can use non-lethal traps to trap the animals and relocate them. This is especially important if the raccoon has taken up residence in your home. You should never attempt to trap a wild animal yourself – remember that raccoons carry disease such as rabies.
Green Army has repellants available to ward off raccoons. They will know the most effective repellents and how to use them safely to keep raccoons away. Of course, repellents work best to keep raccoons from setting up a den. If a den is already set up, then repellants probably won’t work.
If you fear you have a raccoon problem, then contact the experts at Green Army today for help! greenarmypest.com