How to Keep Raccoons Away
Raccoons, the mischievous bandits with the infamous black masks, have caused many problems for mankind for thousands of years. Nuisance raccoon issues are on the rise due to constant development and deforestation. When raccoons are forced to leave the hollow trees of the forest and their food sources have depleted, they have no choice but to take up residence in attics, crawl spaces, porches and decks. To a raccoon, the attic space of a home is nothing more than a big hollow tree.
All homeowners should know how to keep raccoons away because while in an attic space, raccoons can cause a massive amount of damage.
Fortunately, there are certain steps you can take in order to make your property less raccoon friendly and prevent a raccoon problem in the future.
- Do a monthly visual home inspection of the exterior of your home. You don’t have to be a home inspector to perform an inspection like this. You are just simply looking for things that look out of place or different than they were before. If you notice that a piece of your soffit is missing, a hole has been chewed in your siding, or you have a gutter that has been torn down, call the professionals at Animal Remover to set up a raccoon inspection.
- Pay attention to noises that you hear in your home. When people hear noises in their homes, they often contribute these noises to the settling of simply living in an older home. However, these noises can sound very similar to some of the noises that raccoons make when they are walking across your ceiling or climbing up out of a wall void. Baby raccoons will often make a crying noise when calling for their mother. This noise is often confused with the sounds that baby birds make.
- Check for raccoon droppings on the roof, deck, porch, or anywhere around the home. If you see raccoon droppings around your home, this is an indicator that raccoons are frequently coming to your property and you could be at risk of raccoon intrusion into your attic.
- Make sure that shrubs are neatly trimmed and at least 2 feet away from the home. This provides cover for raccoons and other animals to move around the property undetected.
- Make sure that the trees surrounding the home are not within 10 feet of the roof. Not only can the trees themselves cause damage to the home, but they are often highways for raccoons traveling on and off the roof. Raccoons can still climb up siding, brick, gutter downspouts and many other areas, so simply cutting down trees will not solve the problem. However, it will help to eliminate the easy access to the roof.
- Keep all bird, squirrel and deer feeders at least 20 feet away from home. People love to watch the birds on their feeders and like to keep the feeders as close to the home as possible. However, this will attract raccoons and many other nuisance animals that may cause damage to the home.
- If you feed your pets outside always remember to bring their food bowls back in when they are done eating. Raccoons have a very powerful nose and can zero in on a food source from very far away. Raccoons will often eat out of food bowls right alongside cats.
- Use only raccoon-proof garbage bins and cans to keep raccoons from tearing through garbage. Also make sure the garbage inside the can is in tightly tied bags. This will prevent the raccoons from smelling the garbage inside the can.
- Keep stacks of firewood at least 20 feet away from home. Woodpiles are an excellent habitat for wildlife and will attract all different types of animals, especially raccoons.
Even with all of the above, raccoons can still be very persistent and may intrude into your home. We have provided these tips on how to keep raccoons away in hopes that you won’t need raccoon removal services later on. But if you do find that you have raccoons in your attic, crawl space, walls, on your roof, or living under your porch, call the wildlife control experts at Animal Remover for fast, effective, and humane raccoon removal and control.
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