It’s always nice to have visitors over - except when are your visitors! Raccoons may look cute and cuddly, but they can be a big nuisance. When they pay your home a visit, they can cause a lot of damage. They don’t just knock over garbage cans and leave droppings all around your home. They can also chew right through the electrical wires, carry diseases and tear up your home’s insulation.
The best way to deal with a raccoon problem is by trying to prevent it from ever happening. And in order to do that, you need to know the reasons why raccoons are attracted to your home so you know how to deter them.
Does your garbage can have a secure lid? If it doesn’t, it is an invitation for raccoons to come have a feast. They eat a wide range of foods, so a garbage can is the perfect place for them to get a meal. So, keep your trash covered and secure to keep wildlife away.
Fresh vegetables, ripe fruit that has fallen from trees and insects and grubs that can be found in fresh sod will attract raccoons to your home. Because these foods are easily accessible, you want to make it harder for raccoons to get to them. Install fences or mesh around gardens. Also, pick up fallen fruit if you grow any fruit trees.
Some people will leave things out for their pets or other animals. Whether it be pet food or a bird feeder, these things attract unwanted wildlife. Bring these things back into the house in the evenings and keep your yards clean.
Like any living thing, water is a necessity. Decorative ponds or fountains are inviting drinking holes. Leaky pipes, lawn puddles and pet water bowls can also be a problem if you want to keep pests away. Consider blocking off ponds or fountains, bringing in water bowls, and fixing leaking pipes and dips in your yard.
Raccoons do not just look for food and water. They look for shelter, too! If your home has a crawl space or space under the porch or deck, these are easy access points for raccoons.
Look into blocking or sealing them off. The chimney is also a popular place to build a den or nest - so get it covered! And as raccoons are expert climbers, make sure tree branches and tall shrubs are trimmed to make access to your attic less reachable.
The main thing to remember is that raccoons will want to set up their den where food and water is readily accessible. So take a look around your home and make sure your lawn is clean, that there aren’t any easy entry points and food is not attainable.
`Taking preventative measures is always the way to go. However, if you are unable to prevent unwanted guests from going to your home, you should get help from a professional to help you with wildlife management .
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