Simple Steps to Control Raccoons This Cold Season
Simple Steps to Control Raccoons This Cold Season
While the common pests that homeowners usually deal with during the times of the year where it’s starting to get cooler are rats and mice, another common nuisance that should not be overlooked during fall or winter time is wildlife like the raccoon. More commonly found in woodsy regions in the Eastern United States, a raccoon problem can creep up anywhere in the nation and if you happen to have one decide to hang around your neighborhood, you may be in for a lot of destruction.
Raccoons are omnivores and will eat a mixture of plants and other animals, including fruits, berries, nuts, fish, frogs, insects, turtles, mice, rabbits, muskrats and bird eggs. While the raccoons natural habitat is in the wooded wilderness, they can venture out into neighborhoods in search of denning sites and may even go so far as to find their way into your home by going through your chimney or making their way to your attic or living up in a tree in your yard.
There are reason raccoons are considered wildlife, because they can get pretty wild around the home and can give homeowners fits by knocking over trash cans, eating bird feed and scratching and clawing all over the place in search of food. They have been known to damage gardens and tearing off shingles and boards in their attempt to get into crawl spaces in homes.
Aside from going to town in and around your home, raccoons are also a health hazard. Raccoons are a major host of rabies in the U.S., especially in the eastern part of the country where their populations are rapidly increasing.
While all this sounds particularly disconcerting, we hear at Solutions know how to deal with raccoons and the steps that must be taken to ensure your property is raccoon-free. In this article we’ll provide you with simple to apply and effective methods of raccoon elimination and control. Make sure to refer to this page if you ever encounter a raccoon on your property to see how to approach this destructive wildlife irritant.
Raccoon Removal Guide
The most important thing to do when dealing with raccoons is identifying where they are gathering and where the most raccoon activity is conducted. Once you are able to pinpoint those hot spots, you will be able to move forward with the proper method of control. Here we will map out the common places they are found and the proper treatment approach for each area.
Raccoons are most commonly found indoors in the attic. An attic is a perfect indoor condition for a raccoon because it provides a warm and safe area for raccoons to build a den. You may notice the first signs of a raccoon problem in your attic when you her chattering, jumping and scratching. At that point the raccoons are hard at work.
Once it’s known they’re in your attic or your garage, you must act fast as raccoons can do considerable damage to your walls and belongings you store up there as well as chew on electrical wiring which will be expensive to replace.
The best and safest way to get raccoons out of your attic is by setting up a raccoon trap. ePestSolutions has a very effective trap: the Havahart Live Animal Trap. Just set up some bait in the trap that raccoons will enjoy and before you know it, the raccoon’s curiosity will lure him in and he’ll be caught. A good place to place a trap is any entry points that you know of or just in an open area if you aren't sure of their entry spot.
After this you should focus on Sealing entry points. Repair any holes that you see or weak structured areas which Racoons may exploit to gain access to your attic. Seal any existing openings into attic spaces. Special attention should be paid to your roof since Raccoons typically climb the roof to look for ways in.
Yards and Backyards
If a raccoon isn’t setting up a den in your home, he’s probably rummaging around in your yard and creating havoc.
Remove all trash and food sources from your yard. Raccoons are surely hanging out near your home because you have left behind food in your yard. This may be bird seed or trash. This isn’t meant for them but they sure as heck will make it theirs. Tightly seal all garbage cans and don’t leave pet food outdoors. If raccoons can’t find food in your yard, they will seek food AWAY from your home.
Kill off their food sources like grubs. Raccoons residing in your yard may be a sign that you have another pest problem on your hands. Raccoons love to eat insects like grubs that may be living and feasting on your turf. You should treat your yard for grubs at least once a year or else infestations will occur and those raccoons will have a buffet on their hands, not to mention your lawn can be ruined by grubs. ePestSolutions has various products to deal with killing grubs and other insects on your lawn that raccoons love to feed on.
Once you have a raccoon infestation on you hands it can become quite difficult to control them. Racoons are some persistent little devils and using scare tactics usually doesn’t work on them and it wouldn’t be wise since they tend to carry rabies and if threatened may scratch or bite out of self defense. The best way to keep them out is through prevention: Restrict any access to food and water in your home by not leaving any out. Securely and tightly seal your garbage bins and remove trash.
Remember the best way to get rid of raccoons or any other type of wildlife is through is applying various control methods at once. ePestSolutions has a variety of options so be sure to check out our product line or contact us via email or phone and let us know your problem and we can point you in the right direction.