Dealing With Raccoons: Prevent When Possible

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They look cute and cuddly, frisky and friendly, and it's true--they are! However, raccoons can prove themselves to be one of the biggest pesky nuisances that you will encounter in your home. When you have a raccoon problem, resist the urge to trap them. Instead, call a company that works with wildlife control. However, if they haven't come calling yet, work on preventing infestation and making your home and yard an unappealing environment for them.

Trapping Raccoons

Many people believe that the first thing that they should do if they encounter a raccoon infestation problem in or around their home is to trap the beast. This is most likely something you should not do.

Many provinces have laws against trapping raccoons unless you have the proper permit that will allow you to trap a nuisance animal legally. In addition, trapping a raccoon requires that you have a proper way of relocating the raccoon. Usually you must release a raccoon a certain distance away from residential areas, and there might be properly designated area for raccoons to be set free, as well.

A number of pitfalls exist that novice trappers encounter during their first forays into trapping a raccoon, as well. For example, many people believe that trapping a raccoon that has made its home in their attic is a good idea. Many times a raccoon that has made its home in your attic has established a nest, meaning that it has children. Without a parent to properly support it, a litter of raccoons will most likely die. That means that you will be left with a guilty conscience and a smelly attic. If you would like to trap a raccoon in order to get it out of your hair, you will need to call someone such as a wildlife control professional who is certified to trap them,


When it comes to taking care of raccoons that may have invaded your property, it is best to take a preventative response rather than an reactive one. It helps to think about why raccoons are attracted to your property.

If, for example, raccoons are attracted to your house on trash day, with trash cans lining the front of your property, consider tying down the lids of your trash cans so that the animals will be unable to easily knock over and rummage about in your garbage. This trick also works against various other pests like mice and rats.

If raccoons are attempting to make their home under your house or your deck during the cold winter months, consider investing in a steel mesh barrier that will prevent the beasts from doing so. Basically, in all cases where a raccoon is involved, a very simple preventative measure to take is to simply adequately seal the area up. For example, if you have a doggy door, it might be a good idea to either remove it, permanently seal it, or adequately seal it during nighttime hours when raccoons are known to invade human laden areas.

Finally, consider removing things that raccoons are attracted to from areas in your house. For example, if you are having problems with raccoons eating through a screened in porch to reach your pet bird housed in a bird cage, simply move the bird and cage indoors. Furthermore, ensure that you don't leave food for your household pets outside or in your garage. It is simple preventative measures such as these that can mean the difference between a raccoon infestation and a raccoon-less home.

Raccoons, while definitely falling into the category of a cute animal, also happen to fall under the category of dangerous and annoying pest. Hopefully, this brief article has given you a few tricks of the trade so you can prevent or combat a racoon infestation in your yard.