They may be masquerading as cuddly, endearing mammals but underneath their adorable exterior is a sneaky pest out to create mess in your home. When left unguarded, raccoons can become a total nuisance in your property by rummaging through your trash cans, breaking into your kitchen to steal treats, taking up residence in your attic, and, in extreme cases, causing harm to your family.
Keep these furry masked bandits at bay with the use of these non-toxic methods and techniques:
1. Intimidate them.
Raccoons are drawn to the peace and quiet of a home. Prevent your home from giving off this impression and ward off raccoons by installing bright lights outside and in areas that are likely to attract their attention. They are nocturnal creatures, and are deterred by bright lights. Just make sure they are bright enough or the raccoon will not be in the least bit fazed. It also helps to leave a radio nearby and tune it in to a talk station as raccoons are disturbed by human noise.
2. Secure your trash bins.
Secure your trash containers in locations that are out of reach of raccoons, preferably in a closed garage. Use containers with locking lids or place a heavy object (e.g. bricks, tire) on top of the lids to prevent raccoons from opening them.
3. Do not leave any food source open.
Do not leave food bowls or pet food anywhere that might be downwind of raccoons and other unwanted pests. If you have pets, feed them during the day and hide their food and water as soon as they’re done.
4. Don’t disturb their young.
If the raccoon that has invaded your property is raising young in a particular area, avoid disturbing the litter. Do not block off access points while the raccoons are inside the area so as not to trap them. Newly born raccoons usually take several weeks before they gain strength to go outside to look for food with their parent and you might have to wait this long to seal the access points. If you want to take action immediately, secure raccoon removal services from a professional pest control specialist.
5. Use raccoon deterrents.
Raccoons have a very sensitive sense of smell. Use this to your advantage by using strong odours to keep them away from your property. Although there are no approved repellents, toxicants, or fumigants to ward off raccoons, you may use chemical raccoon deterrents that are commercially available in stores. These include mixtures of coyote urine and other natural, non harmful repellents. Moth balls are also effective substances used to distract raccoons from enclosed spaces in the house.
Other deterrents you can use are biodegradable soaps and diluted hot sauce. Applying the latter on any produce in your garden (if you have any) can prevent raccoons from eating them.
Raccoons also get frightened easily so putting a motion sensor activated light in areas where they frequent helps to scare them.
Practice these simple tips along with a good deal of patience in managing raccoon infestation problems. These mammals can get defensive and harmful at the slightest indication of a threat. Be careful not to confront or agitate them, or — better yet — have professional pest control technicians deal with the problem for you.