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How to Keep Raccoons Away From Your House
With their ringed, bushy tails, bandit-masked faces and endearing habit of rinsing their food in water before eating, raccoons seem more like a Disney creation than an actual animal. Despite their appealing looks and intelligence, raccoons (Procyon lotor) are wild animals that can bite if cornered, may transmit rabies or parasites and are capable of damaging your home and property. If raccoons are visiting your home, it’s best to take steps to drive this North American native away from your property.
Light and Sound
Raccoons are mainly nocturnal and prefer the cover of darkness while hunting for food. You can often discourage them from lingering on your property with bright lights or loud sounds. A simple porch light might not be enough for a stubborn raccoon, however. Motion-activated floodlights in several areas around your property are startling enough to make the masked mammal think twice about scavenging near your home. Because raccoons prefer to avoid human contact, the Human Society recommends setting a radio near trash cans or other spots the raccoons visit. Leave the radio set on a talk station with the volume turned high.
Folk methods to discourage raccoon visitors abound. Common items used to repel these furry visitors include mothballs, ammonia, human hair and bleach. According to the Raccoons in the Attic website, none of these repellents is very effective against a determined raccoon or a female with cubs in the nest. Simple repellents might discourage other raccoons, however, so these should be your first line of defense against raccoon visitation. If a female has babies in or near your home, try raccoon eviction spray, made from male raccoons’ urine, to encourage the mother to move her babies to a new home.
Raccoons are omnivores, eating a wide variety of foods. Their diet is mostly composed of fruits, nuts, worms, insects, amphibians, fish, birds eggs and even an occasional small mammal or bird. If raccoons discover plentiful, easy food on your property, they’ll raid your yard rather than make the effort to hunt. Leaving pet food outdoors is a sure way to attract a local raccoon. Trash cans are another lure for these masked bandits. Use locking lids, or keep your garbage secured in the garage. Bird feeders are easy pickings for raccoons, so clean underneath the feeders daily, or consider taking them down at night.
The University of California warns that regular fences do little to keep raccoons out, as the animal both climbs and digs. If you have continuing problems with raccoons or are determined to keep them out of a home orchard, vegetable garden or yard, electrified fencing is the best option. You don’t need to keep the fence armed at all times, only during raccoon’s active hunting period of dusk to dawn. If raccoons are climbing trees to access the roof or food sources, wrap an electrified wire around the tree trunks to discourage them. source: homeguides.sfgate.com
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