At first glass, the raccoon can look like a fairly cute, do not be fooled! Raccoons are small and happy to occupy areas where humans live, they are also generally not scared of humans and can even be aggressive.

At first glass, the raccoon can look like a fairly cute, do not be fooled! Raccoons are small and happy to occupy areas where humans live, they are also generally not scared of humans and can even be aggressive.

You may not realize it but a raccoon can grow as big as a small dog and they are known to carry several different diseases, including rabies, roundworm, and leptospirosis. If you find them in your yard or home then you need to know the best ways to get rid of them.

  1. Get the Professionals

The simplest solution is to pass the problem over to those that know what they are doing. Check out the exterminators in your area and call them to deal with your raccoon infestation. The good thing about this approach isn’t just that they have the right equipment and training, they also know where they are likely to be living and how they‘re getting in and out of your property.

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  • Seal It Up

The first step is to eliminate entry and exit points into your home. Raccoons can’t get through cracks but they can get through surprisingly small gaps in your homes. Check for any potential entry points and damaged vents, replace the vents and seal the gaps to eradicate the issue and keep the raccoons where they belong, outside.

  • Remove Food

Of course, raccoons are wild animals and it may be hard to keep them from getting into your garden, that’s why you need to consider what attracts them the most and remove these things from your garden.

Food waste is one of the biggest attractions. You should clear up any food waste as soon as you’ve finished with it, that won’t just help to keep raccoons away, it will keep a variety of pests away.

An important part of this, is making sure your bins, inside and out, have lids that can be shut properly. This will prevent the raccoons from getting to any food.

Don’t forget pet food, raccoons will see this as a delicious treat.

  • Add Fencing

You should also consider adding 6ft high metal fencing. This is very difficult for raccoons to climb and will help to keep them out of your garden. If they’re not in your garden they’re unlikely to be coming into your home!

  • Consider Traps

Finally, if you live in an area that suffers from raccoons then you need to consider that, despite your best efforts, they will get into your garden. That means you need to set traps to eliminate them and prevent them from becoming an issue.

You can purchase traps at your local store, or make your own. However, it is a good idea to speak to the pest control experts in your area regarding which traps are the most effective and where you should locate them. You’ll also need to decide what you’re doing with the raccoons after you’ve caught them unless the trap kills them.