How to keep raccoons out of my yard?

How to keep raccoons out of my yard?

The yard is a real attraction for raccoons, but it is dangerous to allow them to come and go from their own yard. Not only because raccoons are dangerous animals, animals that can be violent and transmit disease, but because it would be easy for raccoons to go from your yard to nesting in your home. In the case of an invasion at home, the best thing to do is to call a professional wildlife removal company in Oakville, but there are also methods to use to keep raccoons away from your backyard.

One of the easiest ways to keep raccoons away from your garden is to use a fence, but not a normal fence, an electrified one. A normal fence could not hold up against a raccoon, which could climb over it, dig underneath or find (or create) a passage through it. In order to resist, a fence must be equipped with a single electric wire, a wire that you can electrify with a high voltage and low voltage charger. In this way, the voltage will be such as to keep raccoons away without hurting them.

Another problem with the yard is the presence of garbage cans. Raccoons are attracted to it like bees from flowers and can create many problems. They can easily remove the covers and break the plastic bags, as well as the fact that they seem to love to overturn the bins and scatter garbage around. To avoid this problem you have to make sure that the lids cannot be removed (using straps), that the bins cannot be overturned or you have to use specific repellents to keep the raccoons away.

Bird feeders and ponds could be another problem. In the first case, raccoons climb there to eat the food left to the birds. In the second case, they are a joy for raccoons both from the point of view of fun and for the possible presence of preys inside them. In both cases, the solution to be adopted is repellent. In the case of bird feeders, a spray repellent that does not harm birds must be used. In the case of the pond, instead, use granular repellent with which to make a barrier around the alghetto. In the case of ponds, making them deep might be an excellent idea: raccoons don’t swim, so they won’t be interested in a too deep pool of water.

The presence of fruit trees (especially sweet fruit) could be another problem. To keep raccoons away, the first thing to do is to collect all the fruits that have fallen on the ground, so as not to allow them to have a banquet available. To keep them away, then, you could install motion sensor systems (maybe sprinklers or lights) that turn on every time a raccoon approaches a tree, so as to frighten them and make them go away.

Keeping raccoons totally away from a courtyard is very complex indeed. If you have similar problems in Oakville, Ontario, the best thing to do is to rely on our professional wildlife removal agency so that we can solve the problem as quickly as possible even in case of nesting in the house.

How to prevent raccoons from climbing the roof?

Raccoon invasions often start from the rooftops. Through the rotten wood, through the unsealed joints of the roof, through the chimneys. Raccoons are great climbers and this is one of the big problems in Oakville, Ontario with this type of parasite. If they invade the house and decide to nest, the only thing to do is to rely on a professional wildlife removal company. Before doing this, however, he might try to prevent raccoons from climbing and entering your house from the roof. But how do you do it?

Trees and branches are the first problem. Often, raccoons use trees and branches to get to your roof. They climb a tree, then a branch and drop or jump to the roof. To prevent this, you need to cut the branches leaving at least 10 feet of space between the branch and the roof, so that they can’t even jump to the roof.

Any openings, even minimal, in the walls and roof are another problem. So you have to seal them with metal grids or even totally seal them. This not only eliminates entry points for raccoons, who are thus disinterested in climbing, and eliminates any support points, small cracks, crevices and holes, which help the raccoon’s climbing.

Use metal or plastic sheets to prevent raccoons from climbing. Place them around trees (around the trunk, at least 3 feet wide and at least 5-6 feet tall), so they can’t climb trees. The same goes for the corners of your home, so as to prevent them from using them as footholds to start climbing on the roof.

Another limitation to climbing raccoons on your roof is to use spiked strips to be applied on the roof or applied to part of the walls, all around the house. In this way the climbing of the raccoons will be blocked either by the metal pins on the walls or by those on the eaves, preventing them from accessing the roof in any way.

Lastly, you could also use low voltage electrified wires to prevent raccoons from climbing on any fences. In this way they would receive a shock that would dissuade them, but not harm them. In theory, this type of electrified wire could also be used on parts of your home, but it could be more inconvenient. 

However, if you want to prevent raccoons from climbing on your roof, the best thing to do is to seek help from a professional wildlife removal company. In this way, after an inspection, professionals can quickly tell you what are the weakest points of your house and / or your garden and explain how to protect yourself from raccoons.