Getting rid of raccoons that are making a mess of your yard, or are living in your attic isn’t easy but if you follow these top 10 tips, you can definitely get rid of them permanently. They’re the sweetest forms of wildlife; very friendly, highly sociable, but little do raccoons know that a large portion of their lifestyle, actually infringes on our peace of mind and sometimes even our safety.
Anyone who wants to get rid of a raccoon isn’t trying to be mean, and by no means has any ill intention, but sometimes enough is enough and the only thing to do is make sure they don’t want to come around – or if they do, they’ll have no reason to say.
If you are getting tired of this form of wildlife that eventually becomes a nuisance to your home, read the following ultimate top 10 ways to permanently get rid of raccoons and put these tips to use. Everyone including your pet dog will be happy you did. Here we go!
#1. Call a wildlife removal company
If you’re seeing signs all over your property that a raccoon is making a mess of the place, it’s probably your best bet to call a pest control company for raccoon removal (here’s example raccoon removal services). The reason is because technically speaking, signs of damage and refuse all over your property is a strong indicator that a raccoon or two are living in your attic too. Although raccoons have been known to travel large distances, once they’ve realized that your back yard is a great place to continually find food there’s a strong chance that they live close by – even too close for comfort.
If you give a raccoon removal company a call and have them come out and investigate your home, at least you’ll know either way whether you have a raccoon problem or not. If you don’t, you can proceed to the other tips below, but if you do then they’ll take care of it for you. Getting a raccoon removed from dwelling in your attic is highly important as they can do a lot of damage and end up costing the home owner thousands of dollars in repairs.
#2. Get tough and sturdy garbage bins
Garbage bins are the top problems when it comes to raccoon problems – not only raccoons, but squirrels too. Squirrels don’t do nearly as much damage as raccoons at all and when it comes to garbage bins, they can easily chew their way into them, and completely destroy them – even in one sitting.
The raccoon proofed garbage bin (see here) is one of the top ways to get rid of raccoons because once they realize their major source of food is gone, the location is no longer a serious attraction, and they usually decide to go elsewhere unless they’re living in your attic. In that case, as mentioned in point 1 above, you need to call in the experts.
#3. Keep your garbage bins in your garage or inside your home
If you can’t afford to get top of the line raccoon proof garbage bins, or, simply want to completely deter raccoons from even thinking about making your home theirs, keep your garbage bins in your garage or inside. Why? Raccoons like other animals have a very strong sense of smell which means even though they may not be able to get into your bins, they will definitely know it’s there and smell the food inside it.
The main objective here is to deter wildlife from even walking on your property in the hopes of finding good. By putting your bins away, there’s a high hope that they’ll skip your property all together and go elsewhere. This hindrance reduces the risk that they’ll find something interesting enough on your property to make it their home and keep coming back again.
#4. Keep your backyard clean from rubbish
If you’re trying to find a way to rid raccoons from your property, you can already tell by now that one of the main attractions for raccoons and other wildlife is garbage, refuse and rubbish. Even if your bins are tightly sealed and proofed, if you willy–nilly throw or allow food to be scattered all over your property, it should be no surprise that hungry raccoons have found your property attractive.
Like all forms of wildlife, they get hungry too, so if they happen across your lawn and find some decent treats, your putting your home at risk for an intrusion, and most likely some property damage in one form or another. Keep your backyard clean, tidy and refuse free and you’ll reduce the risk of a problem.
#5. Keep your sod down at night
Raccoons and skunks just love searching for grubs on freshly laid sod and there’s almost no stopping them once they’ve discovered it. Why? Well they get hungry and freshly laid sod is so easy to lift up, and there’s usually always some sort of food under it for them. Finding a source of food isn’t always easy so once a raccoon happens across a sure source you can expect them to dig up your sod on a daily basis.
Many a raccoon has completely destroyed newly laid grass. Morning after morning home owners wake up to seeing their newly laid sod completely destroyed over night. It’s not the raccoons fault – it’s no one’s fault actually but there are ways to put an end to the madness. Here are 6 ways to keep raccoons from tearing up your lawn of which have been pretty much proven to work! If raccoons are lifting up your sod, and you’ve tried the tips in the previous link, feel free to let us know how it worked out in the comments below.
#6. Don’t keep a bird feeder
Raccoons get hungry like all forms of wildlife do and as mentioned above, whatever food they find in your backyard on a continual basis is going to keep them coming back.
Bird feeders are notorious for being raccoon magnets. The food is rich with nutrients, tasty, easily accessible and always fresh.
Then there’s the variant mess bird feeders cause that attract raccoons too! Birds aren’t necessarily tidy eaters and when they’re pecking through the seeds in a feeder some fall down to the ground where raccoons can easily find them, eat them and visit the next day for more.
If you’re fully determined to feed the birds from your backyard regardless of your raccoon problems, you can do two things. One is the prop up your feeder across a wire that a raccoon cannot get access to, and secondly, ensure your feeder has a large bottom tray base so seeds don’t spill below.
You can probably purchase a raccoon proofed bird feeder, or with a little research you can raccoon proof your bird-feeder yourself. It’s easy!
#7. Trim tree branches that are touching your roof
Raccoons can climb and it’s not seldom that they climb trees in order to get onto a home’s roof and into an attic. Of course they can easily climb up your down-spout but if there aren’t any trees touching your home you’re going to substantially reduce the chances a raccoon will try to access your roof.
All you need to do is walk around your home and take note of any trees over-hanging your roof or are directly touching it. If you’re a handyman you can do the tree trimming yourself or call your local tree cutting company who will be glad to do it for you.
#8. Make sure there’s no existing holes on your roof
Existing holes on your roof that haven’t been repaired are just great for letting raccoons and squirrels get into your attic and cause all sorts of damage. These existing holes could have been caused by regular wear-and-tear, whether damage, or by a previous pest problem.
Getting rid of raccoons when you have holes on your roof just won’t happen. Your only real recourse is to hire a local pest control company that does attic repairs. Once they patch up the holes and apply the proper preventative measures, your raccoon problems should be reduced to nothing.
If you’re a handyman you probably can do the job yourself and can save a lot of money on the restoration costs. If you do, you’ll just need to research which metal products are the strongest at stopping raccoons from chewing through. Note that patching up holes on your own without the investigative knowledge of a wildlife removal company can lead to more problems. For one you can accidentally lock a family of raccoons in your attic, or lock the mother out from her babies. In either case it’s going to get messy so the advice would be to always call a raccoon removal company first before any holes get patched.
It’s tougher getting rid of raccoons than you thought it was isn’t it?
#9. Get yourself a dog
If you’ve got a good sized backyard, and want the most effective way of getting rid of raccoons, get yourself a dog. Dogs are naturally and usually bigger than raccoons and since raccoons aren’t really the fighting type, most dogs will keep them in fear of ever returning to your backyard.
This tip comes with a caveat too though because in some areas of Ontario for instance, there’s been a really high incidence rate of raccoons being found with rabies. This can in turn lead to your dog getting rabies especially if there’s a confrontation.
On the plus side, raccoons don’t really make themselves known during the day because they are nocturnal. This means that your dog playing and urinating in the back yard will leave a strong enough scent that the raccoon will pick up and be quite inclined to avoid. To a raccoon. any scent of a potential predator is enough to convince him to skip your house and hopefully go down the street to find food.
#10. Don’t invite raccoons into your home
This should be a no-brainer but with raccoons being so cute and friendly, it’s not always easy to remember that they will keep coming back and eventually wreak havoc on your property in one way or another.
The advice for homeowners that want to keep their homes entirely raccoon free is to not feed them, don’t do anything to attract them and especially don’t invite them into your home.
The take home
Once a raccoon has decided your home is a decent source of warmth and food, you’re going to have problems getting rid of it but it can be done. It doesn’t need to cost you a lot of money either and most of the tips are just common sense. Follow them through or re-read them again, and then apply the suggestions. Raccoons are very sweet animals, but in the end no one wants their home destroyed and definitely don’t want to have to wake up each morning dealing with the raccoon’s aftermath.