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Ridding Yourself Of Raccoons - Raccoons are cute. That is…when they’re anywhere but in your yard, rubbish bins or defending their family. They lose that cute factor when they become the pests responsible for tearing up your property. Raccoons have sharp teeth, long claws and strong fingers; including an opposable thumb. Highly intelligent, the critters can gain access to nearly anything. However, there are ways that you can get rid of these natural nuisances. If you devise a plan and stick to it repelling raccoons from your area can be made easy.
What You Can Do To Have Raccoon-Free Yards
There are many reasons that raccoons are attracted to both front and backyards. Taking preventative steps can help repel them. One thing to remember is that they are nocturnal creatures. Using motion lights can be a big help. In order for this option to be effective, regular porch light may be insufficient. Halogen or flood lights may be more appropriate.
You will also want to clean all your trashcans up. You can’t expect to have a pest free area if you’re offering a free buffet. Trash cans are a favorite of raccoons because they are full of tasty things. Since humans are not high on a raccoon’s list of favorite things; placing a waterproof radio set on a talk station can aid in scaring the small mammals off. Turn the radio on at night and the voices will deter them. It’s also a good idea to have trash cans with lids that seal for tightness or placing something heavy on the lids at night. Using a small amount of ammonia near your garbage or even pouring it on your garbage will also deter them from rummaging through your cans.
If This Isn’t Working
Repellents should definitely be at the top of your list for considerations on what to do to keep these animals away. Some people will tell you that sonic sounds are excellent repellents for raccoons. There are others that will recommend that you sprinkle moth balls in areas that you think a raccoon is getting into. The most common method of repelling raccoons besides the various preventative measures above is to use different repellents in the form of pellets. These are easily purchased at many lawn and garden stores. They can be sprinkled on your lawn or in the attic and their odor should keep the animals away.
The one major drawback to these solutions is that there are many times they don’t actually work to the degree the companies claim that they will. In addition, many people have problems with the chemical nature of these items. They can be dangerous to pets or children if swallowed.
Moth balls and ammonia are the most common safely recommended items for keeping raccoons away. As was pointed out earlier, motion lights or even strobe lights are good ways to keep raccoons away from an area. The light does startle them and will often send them scurrying away. The problem arises if you don’t take care of what is attracting them in the first place or if you don’t keep your trash better fitted. They will get used to the lights coming on and just ignore them if there is something in the area they want badly enough.
An Ounce Of Prevention
The truth is that if you take the time to insure that your buildings are secure, that there aren’t any inviting nesting areas open to inhabitation and that you don’t have food available for the animals you will be doing a large part in keeping them from coming around. It is also a great idea to keep brush cleaned up, tree branches trimmed back from buildings and wood piles off of your property. If you combine prevention along with using any of the repellent options you should be well on your way to living raccoon free.
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This site is intended to provide raccoon education and information about raccoon repellents, so that you can make an informed decision if you need to deal with a raccoon problem. This site provides many raccoon control articles and strategies, if you wish to attempt to solve the problem yourself. If you are unable to do so, which is likely with many cases of raccoon removal, please go to the home page and click the USA map, where I have wildlife removal experts listed in over 500 cites and towns, who can properly help you with your nuisance raccoon.
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