A raccoon is a defenseless creature…hardly ever possible to escape from!
These cute pest animals usually inhabit deciduous and mixed forests. Though being highly adaptable and intelligent gives them a perfect opportunity for hanging around people’s houses.
People all over the world are constantly complaining of having problems with their striped neighbours. The most frequent reasons for complaints are the following:
- causing mischief in attics and chimneys;
- tipping over waste bins;
- stealing food (no matter pet food or your dinner);
- alarming dogs by presence.
If once you came home and saw raccoons giving a house-warming party in your garden and gulping down what you were planning to eat, then the information below is definitely for you!
Ways to Get Rid of Raccoons
They say there are several pretty easy methods for getting rid of raccoons. The chief approaches include trapping and repellents. Besides, you’ll find some more useful information on the ways that’ll help you keep those nuisance trespassers away from your dwelling.
Trapping is probably the most common technique for removing wild animals. However, it isn’t cut and dried all the time. In many cases this solution is not that effective. Home-grown trapping often goes awry: you may either trap the wrong animal (e.g. your own cat) or a raccoon may simply break out of a gin (they are considered to be quite crafty).
Another problem with trapping is its legality. Moreover, you have to choose the right type of a trap since you need to be highly conscious of raccoon’s welfare and safety. Still there’s a catch: don’t set a trap for raccoons if they are in the attic. Baby raccoons are most likely to be up there. If you catch and remove their mother, you’ll cause suffering.
There are various methods to frighten these animals. For this purpose people often use radios, flashlights, windmills and scarecrows. Yet it should be mentioned that repellents work just for a while because of raccoons’ high adaptability as stated at the outset. Smart raccoons will soon realize that these scare devices will do them no harm. What you can do in this situation is using repellents by turns so that raccoons may not get accustomed to them.
Other Preventive Tips
Usually raccoons enter your dwelling in search of food or a place for nesting. That’s why protecting your house will be an effective solution. Protection may be achieved in several ways:
- by simple cleaning up the house more often that you are used to;
- by using a metal garbage can with a lid that will stay tight;
- by fixing heavy things on trash can lids;
- by double-bagging waste meat for reducing its alluring smell (wasteful but effective);
- by soaking up several tennis balls with liquid ammonia and putting them in places where raccoons are likely to nest;
- by putting up electric fences;
- by placing your pets’ food into a secure place;
- by spraying a repellent liquid.
The recipe is: boil a cup of cayenne pepper with 3-5 chili peppers and approximately 3 litres of water. Then let the mixture cool. Before spraying all entry points put on a gas mask and goggles. The smell will deter them away.
If you still have problems with raccoons nesting all around your area and can’t get rid of them, call a raccoon removal pro.More similar: