Raccoons are not those furry and cute little creatures that you would want to hang around your property. Not only can they cause wreak and havoc. They also carry rabies. And if in case they die in any spot within your property, then can release very terrible odors that might even cause you to throw up. Keep the raccoons out of your property with the following tips.
• Have raccoon-proof garbage bins
Why are raccoons referred to as little scavengers? Well, they love to scavenge garbage bins. That is why it would be great if you have raccoon-proof garbage bins – ones that are made of metal and have very tight-fitting lids. There are even garbage bins that have locks. With these you would not have to worry about cleaning up scattered garbage in the morning.
• Get a cover for your chimney
Santa is not the only one who enters homes through the chimney. Raccoons go through the chimney too. That is why it is important for you to get covers for your chimney. If you have installed one before, you might want to check it again because it might already have been damaged over time. And if you are not using your chimney at all, simply have it sealed with some planks of wood.
• Block all possible entry areas
Aside from the chimney, there are also numerous possible entry areas. No matter how hidden they are from your sight, raccoons are smart enough to find them. Look for these crawl-in spaces and start blocking them. Any hole that is about three inches in diameter is a potential entry area for raccoons and other pesky rodents. Even windows are potential entry areas as well so make sure they are shut.
• Install electric fences
No one wants to be electrocuted. Even raccoons. That is why you might want to install an electric fence around your property. No, it is not as brutal as it sounds. The electric shock would not kill the raccoons but it would simply be strong enough to scare them away. Check with your local government if electric fences are okay to use. Electric fences are effective but of course, they might cost you a lot.
• Bait ‘em and trap ‘em
Most of the time, raccoons that have been successfully deterred would come back in a few days. That is why it would be great if you can catch these little critters and send them off far into the woods where they would not have to scavenge garbage bins for food. There are a lot of human bait and trap methods that you can try.
Now, these tricks would work. But of course, considering professional help is not a bad idea as well. We at AAA Sande Wildlife Control know how difficult it is to get rid of raccoons and keep them away. But our tools and techniques have been proven effective and we have already made numerous properties raccoon-free through our years of services. Consider hiring us!