Raccoons are destructive creatures to have around your home. They will destroy roof vents trying to gain access to the attic, eat your pet’s food if it’s outside, tip over garbage cans, destroy your garden and potted plants and even poop on your property. Your urgency to rid these animals from near your home is therefore entirely understandable. There are a few ways you can keep raccoons away from your property.
Keeping Raccoons Away From Your Property
The best approach to take is to raccoon-proof your property. Food and shelter are what attracts them to your home. The fastest way to go about it is to remove all traces of food on your property. That means cleaning your garbage can with bleach and water to remove the scent of food and using lid hooks or straps to keep the raccoon from gaining access. The material the can is made of needs to be strong enough to resist nudges or clawing.
You can also remove wires, branches, and ladders that lead to the roof; that is how they’re usually able to access the attic. Placing metal or plastic at the base of trees prevents the raccoon from climbing and getting up there. The surest way is to install an electric fence. Raccoons are excellent climbers and many times an electric fence is the only way to keep them out of your yard.
Ensuring that there are no spaces in your deck, basement, shed or other areas they cam nest decreases the chances of having these squatters in your home.
Unfortunately, ridding raccoons living near your home may not be possible. You can only take steps discourage them from coming into your yard or house. Returning them to the wild would be easier, but as protected wildlife, this is not the best approach. Studies show that doing so increases their mortality rate as they’re unable to adapt to the new environment.
If you already have one living on your property, do not attempt to capture it. Contact a raccoon removal company in Toronto instead. They are better placed to handle the job, which is, surveying, removing, cleaning and sealing raccoon hideouts. Don’t settle for a warranty of less than two years. You are guaranteed help in the unlikely event that the animals return.