Preventing Raccoon Problems
Known for their nocturnal habits and inquisitive nature, raccoons are a common nuisance pest throughout North America. Due to their tendency to be most active at night, homeowners rarely catch a glimpse of these critters as they tear through garbage and dig up gardens. However, a raccoon problem will quickly become evident by the destruction they leave in their wake. For homeowners who want to prevent the costly damage that can occur from a raccoon infestation, here are the most effective steps to take to raccoon-proof your home.
Eliminate Food Sources
Initially, many homeowners attribute scattered garbage contents to stray dogs or cats only to discover later that a raccoon is to blame. To avoid raccoon scavenging, all garbage should be stored in a sturdy container with a tightly closed lid. Those with persistent raccoons may need to take additional precautions by tying the lid down or by choosing a secure location to store the can until garbage pick-up.
Seal Attics and Chimneys
Raccoons tend to find holes in the exterior of the home that allow them to gain entrance to attics and chimneys where they can build their nests. Performing routine maintenance checks on these areas can help homeowners avoid an infestation. If a hole is found before raccoons invade, then it should be promptly repaired.
Remove Live Raccoons and Nests
Once a raccoon has established a person’s home as their residence, they will need to be removed to prevent further damage. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, mothballs can be used to repel raccoons from their nesting areas. Persistent raccoons, however, may need to be removed using live traps and other methods.
Raccoon removal can be complicated due to the protections placed upon them by city and state ordinances. The prevalence of diseases carried by raccoons, such as rabies, further complicates removal options. For these reasons, many homeowners prefer to rely on professional services to handle raccoon problems around their house. Through the combination or preventative measures and professional services, a person can raccoon-proof their home and avoid the nuisances caused by a raccoon’s nocturnal wanderings.