When The Invasion Begins
Raccoons seem cute and cuddly from a distance but when you have a raccoon problem; they don’t appear to be all that cute anymore. Many raccoons have been known to invade peoples’ homes, causing damage and leaving behind feces that can make you and your pets sick. A lot of the time, these feces can contain roundworms which can not only be given to your pets but to humans as well. This is why it’s extremely important to get rid of raccoons as soon as possible.
Keep in mind; it is much easier to prevent a raccoon problem than it is to get rid of them once they have found a safe environment on your property. Doing what you can to repel them is going to save you a lot of time and money.
There are many products on the market that have fox or coyote urine in them which scare raccoons off. Many people swear by ammonia as well. However, these things do not always fix the problem. There are even transmitters that send out high frequency signals to repel raccoons.
It’s also a very good idea to keep your yard and the area around your house free of trash and properly mowed so the raccoons don’t have as many places to hide. Even going as far as putting up a fence can keep them away because they won’t have an easy escape route. While you can’t avoid having raccoons in your area, you can keep them away from your house by blocking off the areas they like to hide. Blocking off your chimney and underneath decks makes a world of a difference.
The most effective way to get rid of raccoons is to trap them and move them to a new location. It is best to have a professional do the dirty work because raccoons are very aggressive and large animals that can tear you to pieces if you do not handle the situation properly. In order to make sure the raccoons do not come back, they need to be taken (at the very least) 5 miles away from the location they were residing. Raccoons are very smart animals and can easily find their way back ‘home’.
Keep Them Out Of Your Trash
Raccoons will do just about anything to get food. This means destroying your property or whatever else gets in their way. To keep raccoons out of your trash cans, take a few precautions. First of all, always make sure your trash has a lid and that the lid can lock down. If you don’t have a locking lid, place something heavy on top of the lid or place the trash can somewhere that it cannot be opened. This way, the animals cannot get inside, eat your trash and have a reason to continue living on your property. Many people swear by coffee grounds because they are great at masking odor, not only to get rid of raccoons but to keep other animals away as well; so sprinkling these around your property or inside your trash bins can help as well.
Remember, if you’ve tried everything you can think of and the raccoons still just aren’t leaving you alone; it’s time to call animal control. This is the easiest option for you and will guarantee that your problem is nonexistent. It may be on the pricy side but what would you rather have; minor damage to your wallet or severe damage to your house and/or property?
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