How to Prevent Raccoons From Invading Your Home

Attics and garages are appealing to raccoons because they offer them a quiet, dark, and contained area in which to rest, eat, and breed. Raccoons are nocturnal, and thus forage for food at night. In the daytime, they hide out in dens that can range from one to 10 square feet in size. Raccoons can move between many dens within a general location every few days. 

Suburban neighborhoods often replace their natural dens, as raccoons prefer the small confined spaces of attics and basements, to be sure, but also wall voids, crawlspaces, sheds, garages, and even chimneys. Raccoons are considered nuisance animals because of the destruction they pose to homes and other buildings as they forage for food.

Humane raccoon removal is possible, but you should call the pest control professional’s in Tewksbury at the first sign of invasion. If raccoons find and enjoy your trash, you will have a very hard time getting them to leave.


6 Tips: Keeping raccoons away from your house

From sealing potential entryways to using bright lights in your yard, there are many proactive steps you can take to prevent raccoons from gaining access to your basements and attics.

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1.     Seal potential entryways

Raccoons seek shelter in areas that are close to food and water sources, which is why attics, crawl spaces, basements, and garages are the ideal spot for them to set up shop. To keep them from getting inside in the first place, seal off any potential entryways and exits. To do this, walk around the exterior of your home and look for openings where animals of that size could get into the house. Pay special attention to windows, chimneys, vent covers, and roof soffits. It is best to repair and close up any gaps, holes, or openings.

2.     Use bright lights in your yard

Raccoons are nocturnal, so it makes sense to install bright lights in your yard to deter them. You’re best off installing outdoor sensor lights that get triggered by movement; once triggered, the bright light will come on and frighten them away. In addition, place solar lights along gardens, walkways, and patios.

3.     Install a fence around gardens

Raccoons don’t just rummage through the trash. They will also invade gardens to snack on fruits and vegetables. Once they’ve found food they love, they’ll keep coming back to that area again and again. To keep them from nibbling on your garden, install a small fence or other barrier around your garden to keep raccoons and other wildlife out.  

4.     Secure all trash bins

Keep your trash can area well-lit and secure each bin. Use bungee cords to secure your trash lids so those resourceful critters can’t flip the lids over and get inside. Even if they manage to topple the cans, the tops won’t come off.

5.     Remove food and water sources

Don’t leave bird seed out, which will attract hungry raccoons in a hurry. Bird baths offer them a refreshing drink, so put both of these items away at night if you absolutely must have them in your backyard. Empty out birdbaths, kiddie pools, lawn toys, and other containers that can easily become a water source for raccoons after it rains.    

6.     Keep pet food indoors

While it can be tempting to leave out Fluffy’s food for whenever she decides she’s hungry, it’s important to keep your pet’s food indoors at all times. If you do keep pet food outside, clean up spills immediately and take in their bowl when they’re done eating. Raccoons will also drink from your pet’s water bowl, which can spread bacteria and diseases to your pet. Lastly, your pets could get hurt if they try to defend their food and water from a feisty raccoon.

Professional humane raccoon removal in Middlesex County & beyond

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It’s best to leave humane raccoon removal up to the professionals. These creatures, while usually gentle and docile, will defend themselves when they feel threatened. If you try to grab a raccoon on your own, the only thing you’ll likely end up with is a bunch of scratches, scrapes and bites. While those are painful in their own right, you also run the risk of getting one of the many diseases they carry and transmit, such as salmonella, E. coli, roundworm, leptospirosis, canine distemper, toxoplasmosis, and other infections from bites or feces. Raccoons pose a risk of infection to both humans and dogs.

Best Known Pest & Wildlife’s removal specialists have the equipment and gear to safely and efficiently get the raccoon off your property or out of your house with no danger to your family or pets.

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