Raccoons are especially tough to deal with because of their tendency to destroy everything that my hinder them from getting food. This may include weak walls, plants, and even furniture. They may cause disarray in your house or property.
Aside from this, they are also known to build nesting places in houses where they can find abundant food sources that are readily available for them. This may cause headaches in the future as exterminating parent raccoons while leaving baby raccoons will use result to dead ones in the tiny spaces of your house, costing you more for cleaning.
How do you get rid of them?
- Raccoon baits
Examples of baits that you can use for traps include dog food, bacon, and sardines (basically anything they can smell from a distance).
Metal traps that are laid at the bottom of the trees are usually effective. They can also be placed somewhere the raccoons are usually found hunting (like near pet food).
Raccoon traps are a good solution, however, with some limitations. Raccoons may also injure themselves in the process of trying to escape from the traps.
Be sure to check the laws in your state about trapping first before attempting to do so. In the end, the best people to do the trapping is wildlife removal services.
- Raccoon repellents
Even though they are present in the most unsanitary places, some natural ingredients still repel these pests. After exterminating them from your garden, you should start putting some repellents to make sure that they don’t return. Aside from the most basic tip of making sure that your house is clean and to cover all entry points for raccoons inside your house, you should also put some natural repellents inside your house or garden.
For starters, peppermint oil is very effective against raccoons. The smell of it naturally repels them as for some reason, they really hate the smell of it. Other repellents include pepper and cloves.
Another natural repellent is using the urine of natural predators. Analyze the food chain and you will see that raccoons are not at the top. This means that a lot of predators naturally hunt for them, and using predator’s urine might be to your advantage. Other predator urines can also be bought online, some of which include coyote urine and wolf urine. They can be applied using cotton balls as they hold the scent much longer than spraying on the ground.
Some companies may also offer gadgets that emit high-pitched sounds that can only be heard by pests. These are usually installed on walls from where the pests will hear them. They may be effective at first try but usually lose their efficacy after the raccoons learn there is nothing to fear. For this reason, it is usually not recommended for keeping them away.
- Raccoon exclusion
Exclusion for raccoons is the process of creating structural changes in your house in order to prevent raccoons from returning. An example of this is using a one-way door that will allow raccoons to leave the house but will prevent them from coming back in. This will ensure that raccoons will not build nests around your house (which might make their population grow a lot more).
Another is the use of barriers and repairs for the entry points of the raccoons inside your house. After all, they do not only visit using widely-opened main doors. They also access the inside of your house through holes and opened vents. By fixing any structural weakness from which they can enter, you can prevent their entrance to your home.
4. Using a motion-activated light
The use of motion-activated light is the most effortless out of all of these solutions. This is because you will only be required to install the gadget and reap immediate results after. The sudden appearance of light is particularly effective for raccoons as they are known to be nocturnal animals that feel more at ease during the night.
Another type of this is the motion-activated sprinkler that will instantly release water to scare the raccoon away. This is even more effective than the light because it adds a physical component.
Both of these, however, can be ineffective for some raccoons who will learn their way around them. Raccoons are smart, after all, and may easily adjust to the small environmental touches that you may add.
Raccoons are one of the smartest pests around. This is because they easily navigate through spaces. They can also remember certain passageways and smells in order to hunt for food better. This is why they can always come back to places where you usually exposed food (like kitchens and pet rooms).
Raccoons hunt for food during the night which makes it harder for humans to catch them by hand. This is because they are nocturnal. This fact also makes it harder for them to be distinguished as their actions can also be mistaken for a rat’s or a mice’s.
Their presence may be a big nuisance for household pets that might still be awake during the night. Dogs can be heard barking in their presence as they slowly creep through lawns and gardens. This may be a huge headache for humans that are be awakened by the sound of their pets in the middle of the night.
How much is to remove raccoons?
The removal of raccoons without killing is best done through exclusion and property fixing. Because of this, it might be a little bit pricier than by using traps and poisons (the latter not recommended). However, these solutions may also help you in the long run as they can also get rid of other pests that are known to enter households such as rats and mice that may also cause damage.
The best way to remove raccoons
In the end, trapping services are best for solving raccoon infestation. They are equipped with tools that are designed for most pests. This can also save you the hassle from trying to get rid of raccoons without any prior experience of doing so.
They are best distinguished by the masks in their faces. They are known to have black fur below their eyes. Their snouts can also be compared to canines, mostly the fox. Their tails are notable for being ringed. They are often colored brown to gray.
Their teeth are also sharp. They mostly use this for biting for food instead of attacking other creatures. They also have long whiskers. Their hands are particularly adept for scavenging through items, which may explain their behavior of going through garbage.