Raccoons look like harmless animals while digging in the trash for food, but they are not. The problems they cause extend beyond the overturned rubbish, they can get to invade your home and nest, attack you and also transmit serious diseases to you and your family. In Oakville, Ontario, you may often need our professional wildlife removal company just in case of a raccoon invasion. But there are also methods by which you can keep raccoons away from your home.
Keeping raccoons away is a very important prevention operation, here are some methods to keep these wild animals away from your home. First, you need to focus on avoiding feeding raccoons:
- Seal the garbage cans: Raccoons are attracted to rubbish, they are one of their first sources of food around a home. Consequently, they must be sealed so that they cannot eat in there. You have to make sure that the trash is in the bins that raccoons cannot open or damage.
- Don’t leave pet food out: If you have small and large pets, you will certainly also have pet food. Don’t keep it out, bring it home so you can keep it safe from raccoons. The same is true in case you have bird feeders, in the evening remove the food so as to prevent raccoons from climbing there to eat it.
- Remove fruit and nuts: Another windfall for raccoons could be the presence of trees around your house. In fact, fallen fruit and nuts can easily attract raccoons and from there push them towards your home. As a result, be sure to collect all the fallen fruit and nuts in order to cut raccoons’ food drastically and push them away from your home in search of food.
- Don’t Feed It: Obviously, you must never intentionally feed raccoons. This will not only bring the raccoons back, but will also bring others.
Once a raccoon no longer has access to food sources, his only other interest in your home will be protection. Consequently, you will have to eliminate the possibilities of nesting:
- Cleaning up the garden: so that the raccoon does not find places to nest temporarily (piles of wood, areas with shrubs, etc.) or easy methods to climb on your roof and enter the house (cut the branches of the trees to prevent a raccoon climb a tree and jump on the roof).
- Seal the chimney: raccoons are very strong. In case you have a fireplace, therefore, you will have to make sure to cover the chimney with a cap. Make sure it’s made of durable steel so raccoons can’t harm it. Remember, before sealing the chimney, to check if it has already become a nesting area for raccoons or other animals, which would die inside.
- Seal the entry points into the house: raccoons can enter the house through holes in the walls, dig into rotten wood or penetrate joints that are not well sealed like those on the roof. As a result, you have to search for all these access points and seal them.
Taking all these precautions should prevent raccoons from deciding to use your home as a nest. In case they don’t work, especially if the infestation is massive, the best thing to do is to get the intervention of a professional wildlife removal company.