10 Raccoon Control Tips To Follow

PRACTICE CAN BE ILLEGAL AND OR DANGEROUS TO YOU.

PRACTICE CAN BE ILLEGAL AND OR DANGEROUS TO YOU.

Raccoons are curious creatures and often will make their home in attic or basements; get into the trash you have unsecured at the end of the street or have a feast in your garden. Raccoons may look very adorable from a distance or maybe they are making you furious because of the mess they make, but by following these tips will offer a possible solution and keep you and the family safe.

1. DON’T WORRY ABOUT RACCOONS IN THE GARDEN OR ON THE LAWN

If you have raccoons in the attic or in the basement you definitely need to worry about it and call and wildlife expert right away to ensure the damage they cause is left to a minimum.  But if you have the random passerby who has stopped to explore, don’t panic quite yet. Raccoons are very curious by nature and enjoy sniffing around. If you are seeing the raccoon out during the daytime, it does not necessarily mean that you are looking at a rabid raccoon. Thes creatures will exhibit a variety of unusual behaviors and activity during the day. You see, although raccoons are primarily nocturnal, they do often get some stuff done during the day.

2. DON’T FEED THE ANIMALS

If you want to be proactive for preventing wildlife in or around your property it is a very good idea to not feed the animals. Word gets around fast in the wildlife world that there is free food at your house and you will attract all kinds of species including raccoons! Even the bird feeders may attract more than birds and may be the culprit of an attic infestation of squirrels for example. If this information breaks your heart because you love watching the variety of birds gathering seeds, hang your bird houses away from the home in a distant tree but close enough that you can bird watch.

3. SCARE THE RACCOON TO GET A FEW DAYS RELIEF

PRACTICE CAN BE ILLEGAL AND OR DANGEROUS TO YOU.

Raccoons scare quite easily and if you do the job at scaring them right, they will disappear for a few days until they feel safe enough to come back and sometimes they move on altogether.  It will take more than a loud ‘BOO’ to get the job done right. You may want to try blasting a radio near their favorite place for an hour or so.  Get out the pans and a wooden spoon and start clanking away. Raccoons hate the disturbance especially if they have babies in tow.

4. MAKE TRESPASSING INTO YOUR YARD A SHOCKING EXPERIENCE

This falls along the line of blasting music, however, you can’t stand there all day and bang on pans.  It is suggested that using an electric fence will deter raccoons and other wildlife from trespassing into your yard. If will deliver a shocking jolt without harming the animal. Raccoons only need to get shocked once to always remember and share with their raccoon friends.

5. A RACCOON IS JUST AS LIKELY TO CAPTURE AND KILL A DOG AS A DOG IS LIKELY TO CAPTURE AND KILL A RACCOON

PRACTICE CAN BE ILLEGAL AND OR DANGEROUS TO YOU.

Using a dog to deter a raccoon is a very bad idea. Unless you have a very specific dog breed that is bred for winning a fight with a raccoon, don’t do it.  The Coonhounds breed is the only breed that will fight and win. Pound for pound a raccoon is three times more powerful than a dog. Also, raccoons are likely to lead your god to water where it will tire and eventually drown. Raccoons are very strong swimmers and will outswim the dog.

6. ALL METHODS OF TRAPPING RACCOONS REQUIRE DEALING WITH WILD ANIMALS

Trapping raccoons simply need to be left to a licensed wildlife expert. If you trap a raccoon, you will have a very angry and aggressive animal soon enough. You also run the risk of trapping a dog or the neighbors cats. Especially if you use a kill trap like a snap trap to break the raccoon’s neck. You may kill desireable wildlife or a cat or dog.

7. KILLING RACCOONS ARE ILLEGAL UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES

If you find a raccoon with babies and decide to take a shovel to bludgeoned the babies to death, this is considered animal cruelty and is very illegal. Trapping any wildlife in urban areas without a proper trapping license is also illegal. If you remove the raccoon from the urban area and kill it inhumanely you may still get charged with trespassing at the least.

8. SHOOTING THE RACCOON IS ALMOST NEVER THE ANSWER

Raccoons are most active at night. Therefore, shooting the raccoons is a problem because shooting a gun at night in the dark is never a safe practice. This should be self-explanatory.

9. CHEMICALS ARE ILLEGAL FOR CONTROLLING RACCOONS AND ALMOST NEVER WORK

PRACTICE CAN BE ILLEGAL AND OR DANGEROUS TO YOU.

Cyanide guns are bated with rotted meat and when the animal takes a bite, the gun shoots a lethal bullet of cyanide into the mouth and the animal suffocates slowly. There are two things that are wrong with this method. Raccoons are smart animals and do not eat rotted meat it will actually deter the raccoon. However, a dog is very attracted to rotted meat and will chomp down on the bate and die in place of the raccoon. In our service area, cyanide guns are not legal. At Summit Environmental Solutions (SES) we only use humane methods of trapping and removing nuisance wildlife.

10. NEVER HANDLE DEAD OR LIVING RACCOONS OR TOUCH CAGES WITH BARE HANDS

Raccoons carry roundworms along with fleas and ticks that can get you very sick. It is always a good practice not to handle wildlife at all…dead or alive.

If you find yourself in need of a wildlife specialist, call SES and we will send them out to evaluate the situation and develop a plan to rid your home and yard of the dead or nuisance wildlife. Call us at 844-253-8080 to schedule a free appointment!

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