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How to Keep Raccoons Away From Your Property
Raccoons are particularly smart and resourceful, but let’s face it, you don’t want them in your home; or near your home, for that matter. If you already have raccoons on your property, trapping and removal is the best way to fix the problem. But what about preventing the furry bandits from installing themselves in your attic or under your porch?
You don’t want raccoons destroying your plants, gnawing at your vegetables or fruits, knocking down your garbage cans or wrecking your bird feeder. To prevent these types of damages, first off, you need to make sure that the raccoon doesn’t have any entry points to your property. No raccoon access means shutting down any holes that they can get through. It’s best to seal the holes with 16-gauge nets with half-inch openings. The chimney is also a preferred raccoon point of entry, so it is advisable that you install a steel chimney cap in order to keep raccoons away.
These straightforward home repairs really do their job in keeping raccoons from nesting in your home, but another important prevention tool is eliminating the attraction itself. When raccoons are hungry, they’ll go for everything they can get.
Make sure the raccoons can’t get to your garbage. This entails making sure that your garbage cans are secured. The best way to do this is by keeping your garbage cans in the garage. If for whatever reason this is not an option for you, and the garbage cans need to stay outside, make sure that the lid is secure and can’t be opened by a raccoon no matter how ingenious it gets. The options here are latching the lid with bungee cords, getting a lid that locks in place, or securing the lid by placing something heavy on top of the can. Even if you do keep your garbage cans in the garage, it would still be a smart move to properly secure them.
These animals are instinctively attracted to underwater food, so if you have some sort of fish pond on your property, the raccoons will surely want to get all up in that business. If you want to prevent raccoons from getting to your fish, a good method would be to offer the fish a hiding space by placing a gauge steel net over the pond.
Properly installing fences is a good prevention method. But beware, raccoons are nimble and resilient, not to mention pretty smart. Make your fence tall enough (or roof it) and deep enough so that they can’t climb or dig their way in. Also, make sure that you don’t leave any tools laying around the fence; raccoons are dexterous and known to often use manmade tools in order to facilitate their access to food. Getting rid of fallen fruits and nuts is also helpful in preventing raccoons from being interested in your property. Equally helpful, if you feed other animals outside, make sure you don’t leave pet food out during the night or even during the day. If any food is left after the pets are done eating, put it back inside until the next mealtime.
It’s pretty hard to prevent raccoons from invading your property – if they’ve got their mind set on it, they’ll probably find a way of getting in. Nonetheless, opposite to various so-called raccoon repellants or noise machines that actually don’t work, these are pretty good tips that will increase your chances of prevention. Keep in mind, even though the prevention prognosis doesn’t sound particularly promising, trapping and removal once the raccoon is already on the premises is nothing but plain sailing if you know what you’re doing.
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How to Keep Raccoons Out of The Attic
Are you worried there might be raccoons trolling around your property? You’re not alone. Raccoons are, in fact, one of the most common house intruders known to property owners in the United States. That’s why we’ve set out to offer you some solutions for even the most persistent raccoon problems. Visit animalatticpest.com to learn more about raccoons in the attic.
But first things first…
Figure out their entry point.
Obviously, whenever an animal forces its way into your house, it must do so through some entry point. Maybe it’s a hole in the wall, a loose vent, or a cracked roof. Whichever it is, your first task is to identify it and seal it ASAP.
Why is it important to seal the raccoon’s entry point? Because if you don’t, more animals will just keep coming through. This is also why you should use sturdy material when sealing a crack or foal. Expanding foam works well, particularly for large holes, as does wire mesh (with the unique advantage that wild animals aren’t able to chew or claw through it).
Loud noises bother them…
A great way to deter raccoons from bothering your home is to make persistent loud noises since these animals hate that. By nature, raccoons are dark, quiet, nocturnal sort of creatures, so loud noises (like banging pots, or even a special noise raccoon deterrent) can work wonders in keeping the animals away.
Naturally, this shouldn’t mean that you should live in the constant clamor, but rather that you pick your moments. Typically, the best time for scaring off raccoons is during the late evening, when the mother raccoon is just getting out and about.
… so do bright lights.
Another common trick for keeping raccoons away is to just turn on the light. Once again, as nocturnal creatures, raccoons tend to have an intense dislike for strong light, so they’ll likely just scamper off when exposed to it.
Keeping the lights on in your attic might also turn out to be a solid way to deter raccoons from nesting there in the first place. To successfully “win” against racoons, you must first understand their thinking. Keep in mind that raccoons are just looking for a comfy shelter and a place where they’re unlikely to be found out and harassed. So if you keep the lights on, they may well assume there are people living in the attic, and so won’t bother.
Install a chimney cap.
Coming back to those unhelpful entry points, how’s your chimney looking? If you’re sporting a nice, open chimney, that might well be just what’s attracting raccoons to your home, in the first place, as it allows them easy access.
Maintaining an open chimney is not only a mistake in terms of wildlife but also a serious fire hazard, as the various items and creatures that tumble down your chimney can prove to be ideal kindling.
So for everyone’s safety, installing a chimney cap is a great way to prevent raccoons from bothering you.
Secure your garbage.
Another important trick to keep in mind when deterring raccoons from your property is that sealing your trash cans can really make your property less appealing to them. At the end of the day, raccoons are just looking for some grub, and if you deny it to them, they may just pack up and leave.
Put up a fence.
This is another excellent prevention mechanism to keep raccoons (as well as other nuisance wildlife) off your property. However, when raccoon-proofing the property, make sure you dig the fence well into the earth, since raccoons are notoriously skillful diggers, as well.