Raccoons can cause major damage on your property. They can strew garbage, tear up gardens and landscaping, bring diseases, and pose a threat to your pets. Raccoons are also accomplished climbers and their hand-like paws make it easy for them to manipulate latches and other barriers until they can get them open. The following tips can help you keep these pests off your property.
Tip #1: Cover It Up
Covered garbage cans won't necessarily stop a raccoon, but they will cover the scent of any food sources so raccoons may not be attracted to your yard in the first place. Opt for containers with tight-fitting lids. If raccoons have already found your cans, you will need to either put a heavy weight on top of the lids or place the cans under lock and key.
Tip #2: Compost Carefully
A compost pile is a great way to improve your garden soil with recycled kitchen scraps, but it can also be a smorgasbord for a raccoon. Instead of an open compost pile, place your scraps into a sealed compost container or use a drum composter. These are completely sealed in, except for small aeration holes, so a raccoon can't get to any of the goodies inside.
Tip #3: Get Rid of Food and Water Sources
Don't leave pet food or water dishes outside overnight. Raccoons are nocturnal, so you can usually leave out these items safely during the day. If you cook out, make sure you clean everything up when you are done. This includes scrubbing down the grill and wiping the table, since you don't want the scent of food to attract the pests.
Tip #4: Close off Potential Homes
Finally, make sure your property doesn't offer any safe abodes for the raccoon. Seal off access to the interior of your home by blocking off crawlspaces and the area below decks and porches. Check your roof and walls to make sure there are no holes or cracks a raccoon could use. This includes checking that attic vents are secure. The same goes for garages and out buildings. Finally, remove piles of brush and deadwood, and keep grass mowed and garden beds groomed. If you do come across the nest of a raccoon, call a local pest control company, like B & W Pest Control, to have it removed. These animals can be dangerous, especially when cornered, so you don't want to attempt removal on your own.
After living with a pest problem in our home for years, I kind of figured the bugs were there to stay. I had tried just about every kind of at-home treatment that I could think of, but nothing was working. It was frustrating, but I knew that there had to be something that could help. After failing for what seemed like the millionth time, I finally decided to work with a professional exterminator. The expert was incredibly proficient and knowledgeable about pest problems, and remarkably, he removed all of the pests from our house that day. This blog is all about working with a pro to eliminate pest problems.