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How to Secure Your Home Against Thieving Raccoons

Raccoons may be sneaky smart and strong, but there are measures you can take to prevent them from invading your home and making a mess out of your garbage. Here are the steps we at Frontier Wildlife Control encourage customers to take so the nuisance of raccoons is kept to a minimum if not removed entirely.

Proper Home Maintenance

For most people, their house is their largest investment. Harsh weather can take a toll on a home making huge renovations out of what would have been minor repairs. Regularly inspecting your home for damages is one of the best ways to prevent raccoons from getting in and making their own costly brand of damages. It is good too:

  • Regularly trim vegetation and tree branches away from roofs to prevent raccoons easy access. Determined raccoons can climb about anything, but making it harder for them can make it less likely that they will attempt the break in.
  • Wildlife proof potential access points like vents, soffits, plumbing mats, and roof edges.
  • Quickly spot and repair damaged areas to save money in the long run. Rotted areas of roofs make digging to the attic much easier for raccoons.

Don’t Feed Them

Raccoons are omnivores and will eat just about anything they can get their greedy paws onto. Well-fed coons will live longer and have much larger litters which will increase the population in your neighborhood and the likelihood of conflict.

  • Store garden compost in secure areas
  • Pick garden fruits and vegetables as soon as they are ripe.
  • Have your lawn treated against white grubs so raccoons don’t dig up your yard in search of them.

Raccoons may be smart and resourceful, but they won’t stay in areas that have little to no food or shelter. Making it difficult for them to find either of these necessities is a surefire way of getting them to leave and think twice before returning. It’s worth the few minutes it will take to keep food and shelter away from them when you think about the immense damage they can cause to your home and maybe even to you. So follow these steps to keep raccoons away and if they are still around, give us at Frontier Wildlife Control and we will handle the rest.

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How to Remove Raccoons

Though measures can be taken to prevent raccoons from entering your home, they can still find ways in so it’s important to know how to remove them if the need arises. Frontier Wildlife Control technicians are well versed in the safe, humane relocation of raccoons and think the following to be the best steps in removing them.

Know Your Intruder to Remove Raccoons

Getting an idea of where the raccoons entered and where they are staying is imperative not only in removing them but also in preventing them from returning. Raccoons are strong and smart enough to damage roof soffits, vents, and sidings, but this doesn’t mean that their entryways are always easy to find. Luckily, raccoons tend to leave clues as to how they entered like paw prints or shed fur.

Search for and Remove the Young Raccoons

Baby raccoons are immobile for the first eight weeks of their lives so need to be found and removed by hand. Finding them can be difficult as their mothers will go to excessive lengths to protect and hide them Scaring away the mother from her young will usually lead her to exit the area into the outdoors again. Once her babies are removed from the attic and put into a box, her maternal instincts will drive her to reunite with and relocate them to an alternate den location.

Remove the Mother Raccoon

Putting one-way doors over raccoon entryways and scaring the mother raccoon out of them ensures that you won’t have to worry about her attacking you or ripping up your attic in search of her babies. After she is scared away, the babies can be found and put into a warm box outside where she can relocate them from.

Removing raccoons by hand is not only humane, but it also lowers the likelihood of further damage to your house. If you don’t want to endure the painstaking process of searching and removing raccoons, give us at Frontier Wildlife Removal and we will inspect your home, humanely remove any raccoons, and help you protect your home from their possible attempts to return.

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