Raccoons aren’t exactly a popular animal. With nicknames such as “trash panda” and “ring-tailed bandit,” it’s easy to see that people aren’t fans of the creatures, and for good reason.
While they are actually very intelligent, raccoons are mostly scavengers and thieves, and often run into trouble when they come to people’s homes in search of food.
Not only are raccoons a nuisance when they rummage through trash, often knocking over cans, but they can also serve a safety risk to pets as well.
This makes it crucial to take steps to keep raccoons as far away from homes as possible. Here are some helpful secrets of raccoon control.
Food Attracts Raccoons
The first, and only, objective for most raccoons when they venture out of their hidden dwellings at night is food. They are led by their noses, and that’s why they are often found digging through trash, which is just full of pungent and attractive foods to them.
The easiest way to avoid this is to keep your trash cans inside, perhaps in a garage or shed, somewhere that raccoons can’t get to them. If that isn’t an option, the next-best plan is to find a way to lock your garbage lids in place, in a way that the raccoons can’t pry open.
Don’t leave pet food outside, because that will attract raccoons as an easy source of food as well. Cleaning up any food debris will go a long way to keeping the creatures away, since if they can’t get to the food, they will move on to a new target quickly.
Raccoons Looking For Shelter
However, raccoons are not just attracted to food, as they serve a need for shelter as well. While there is an idea that raccoons live in the sewers, that’s not quite true, but they do use the sewer system to travel frequently.
Instead, they live in holes in trees, burrows, logs, or any natural opening which they can fit into. This also means that select raccoons may need to find a place to stay, and a nice, heated home is an attractive option for them.
While they are larger animals which can’t quite squeeze into small holes in the building’s foundation, they have been known to pry their way into attics.
It could take days before you know they are there, so make sure to inspect your roof for any potential openings regularly.
Trust Shumaker Animal Control for your Raccoon Control
If you think you have a raccoon problem on your property, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you. Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that you, your home and pets are not in any danger.
At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves.
All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.