Raccoons in Your Home
It seems rather obvious why you would not need a raccoon sharing your home, but just in case you need convincing, here are a few reasons why they don’t make perfect house guests. First, they may be quite destructive. They want food and shelter and will do what it takes to receive it. They can rip holes in your roof, tear up displays, rip up your ductwork and also destroy your insulation. They could break into food containers, even when they are sealed. A larger problem comes in the feces and urine that they leave behind. Raccoon droppings frequently contain roundworms that may be transferred to humans and pets. They can also carry diseases, fleas and ticks. While it is true that there is a risk of rabies, it’s a tiny risk. In fact, there’s only been one documented case in the United States in which a raccoon infected a human.
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There are products that contain fox or coyote urine that you may use to attempt and repel the raccoons, but they are largely ineffective. It is also possible to try ammonia, mothballs or transmitters which send out high frequency sounds, but these usually do not work either. The only foolproof way to get rid of raccoons would be to trap and remove them.
The issue with raccoons is that they’re not small animals. If you manage to trap or kill one, it can be tough to release it in the wild or dispose of the body. Oftentimes, people who try to trap and eliminate raccoons by themselves will wind up becoming injured or damaging the raccoon in an inhumane way. Never attempt to approach or handle a raccoon – they’re wild animals and WILL bite and claw the hell out of you.
What you should do is call your local animal control or someone who deals in pest elimination. This is the only surefire way to eliminate them.
If a raccoon is continually getting into your garbage, try out some of these tips to discourage them. Purchase trash cans which have lids that lock into position and use a bungee cord to help hold down the lid. You might even place a heavy object on the lid such as a cinder block. Some folks swear by baby powder onto the lid only because they say raccoons don’t like the powder to get on their hands. You may also try playing a radio at a very low volume. Raccoons may be turned off from the sounds. Double bagging your trash can also be effective as it will help to mask the odor which attracts the raccoon in the first place.
Raccoons are very good at breaking through any defenses you set up, which means you might Have to try some of those things before you can get raccoons to stay away from your home.