Raccoons are nocturnal animals, so the only time you can find out that they've been around, is after all the damage has been done, while you were asleep. They are a common species primarily prevalent in urban areas, which is why most of you may be facing a problem with them. Though they appear to be very cute, and may tempt you enough to adopt them, they are hyperactive and very strong. They are also omnivorous, which means they will eat anything in sight, from food from the dumpster, to your own pet's food. While they usually infest yards, sometimes, they may enter your house through the roof and live in the attic, causing a lot of damage in and around. Their droppings may contain roundworm which human beings can also contract. Apart from that, they can transfer diseases to your pets too. Before they induce any further damage to your house or yard, or to you, let's find out how to get rid of raccoons.
Cover the trash
Raccoons are easily attracted to garbage. All they're looking for is food. But when they get into the trash can, they can wreak havoc around. Keep the trash can covered. Now, they can still easily access the bin, so place a brick on the lid of the garbage can. Also, when discarding waste food, ensure that it is thoroughly wrapped to reduce the smell that can entice them.
Keep your yard clean
If you have bird feeders, or pet food lying outside in your yard, it is a clear invitation for these animals to come and enjoy the feast. Discontinue the habit of leaving pet food outside, by emptying bird feeders and ensuring no food items are lying in your yard. When raccoons infest the yard, they even destroy the plants that are around, and dig holes into the lawn to make a den there.
Protect your house from them too
If you have a goldfish or koi fish by your window, it can easily serve as a raccoon's dinner. Get rid of all these attractions to prevent them from coming into your house. Also, if you have a door for your pets, seal the door till the raccoon gives up on trying to enter the house from there. Keep doors and windows secure, as raccoons are excellent climbers and will reach any height to get in. This method will have to be employed for a couple of days, at least until you have been able to discourage the raccoons.
Use raccoon repellents
Apparently, strong smells, such as those of pet urine and ammonia repel raccoons from the yard. Dried pet urine is available in pet stores, which you can sprinkle in your yard and keep raccoons away. Though this method has not been effectively proven, a few people have successfully been able to repel raccoons by employing these tactics.
They could be in the attic
As mentioned earlier, raccoons can easily reach any heights, and the attic is one attractive spot for them to live and breed little raccoons. One way to keep them away is to trim all the branches that lead to your roof and make it easy for the raccoons to access the attic. If they have already infested the attic, then it is wiser to seek professional help. This is because raccoons are very protective about their little ones, and any attempt to remove raccoons yourself can prove dangerous to you. Seeking the help of an expert can also ensure that the problem has been eliminated from the root.
Don't use raccoon traps
Though trapping raccoons has been recommended by many, it is not legal in many states to trap and relocate raccoons. If you want to avoid getting into trouble with law enforcement agencies, try to prevent them rather than eliminate them yourself.
Getting rid of raccoons is possible if any of these above methods are applied. If you still face a problem, get in touch with a professional agency, or a wildlife expert as your last solution.