Raccoons are among nature’s most clever animals which have superlative survival skills. Several things about a house can be appealing to a raccoon. Harsh weather, breeding, and pure fascination can all be definite influences for raccoons to take refuge or trespass onto your yard. Continue reading to find out some reasons why you may be spotting raccoons more frequently on your property, and the way to get rid of them for good.
Raccoons are motivated by food; just like any other wild animal. When homeowner’s leave food resources out or in their garage, raccoons are certain to sniff it out. They are great at hunting down foods, especially easy ones. Edibles such as pet food, garden fruits/veggies, bird feed, and even filthy grills can all be desired snacks for raccoons and other wildlife. If you have one of these items on your property, it may be the cause of your late-night visitors.
Outdoor pets, such as cats and dogs, should be fed indoors or in garages. This prevents Squirrel Poop and the need to leave pet dishes filled with food, outdoors. Raccoons love dog and cat food; it’s yummy and provides nutrition and protein. When feeding a pet inside is not an option, consider bringing the food dishes in at nighttime when raccoons are most active, then put them back in the morning. On the same topic, gardens should also be secured to prohibit entrance by raccoons, rabbits, and other garden nuisances.
Trash and garbage cans are another potential food source for raccoons. Lots of people would rather take their garbage out at night, prior to the morning of pickup. Although this saves a couple of minutes in an otherwise busy afternoon, this can be a main attraction for nocturnal wildlife. They are easily able to open up garbage lids and rummage through leftovers, litter, waste, along with other compost. This not only leaves a mess for homeowner’s to wash up in the wee hours of the morning, but it creates a rift among fellow neighbors who dislike the unsightly garbage spread throughout their curb.
Cracks and crevices in rooftops are easy entry points for raccoons. They can gain access to attics, garages, crawl spaces, and outside sheds and storage spaces. This easy access is a wide open invitation for raccoons to come inside. As mentioned earlier, harsh weather conditions and mating seasons promote raccoons to look for shelter in dens, or in residential properties.
Raccoons will remember where dependable shelter and food sources are, and so to keep raccoons out of your yard, you need to figure out what is attracting them in the first place. These areas above are a fantastic place to start. Next, contact a local wildlife removal company to securely and Humanely catch and relocate raccoons out of your premises.