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.