Raccoons are nocturnal animals, and they prefer to inhabit logs or hollow trees near lakes and streams. They are known for venturing into populated areas and wreaking havoc as they forage for food and search for shelter. Because Georgia has so many heavily wooded areas, there is a large population of raccoons here and they can easily become a nuisance to your home or your business. If you have a raccoon you are trying to remove, call Any Pest today. In the meantime we are going to give you tips to getting rid of these fury wildlife pests.
Identify Raccoons Damage
Raccoons are nocturnal, so they can be hard to detect. Here are some things to look for:
- Evidence of feeding — tipped over trash cans, damage to your garden or fish pond, knocked over bird feeders, a disturbed compost pile.
- Raccoon tracks
- Unusual noises in your attic or crawlspace
- Living underneath your porch
No matter what alerts you, once you’re aware you have raccoons hanging around your house, it’s best to try to get rid of them as soon as possible.
Removal & Control Methods
Once you’ve identified where your raccoons are, you will next need to choose a removal method. It’s important to note that the more layers of defense you have against raccoons, the better your chances are at getting rid of them and keeping them off your property. A few methods include:
- Live Raccoon Trap – manually removing raccoons is a timely waiting game. A large or extra-large-sized trap is best for raccoons. Animal traps are not difficult to use:
- Properly position your trap.
- Bait your trap so that the raccoon must fully enter the trap and step on the trigger plate.
- Set your trap and check it frequently. Don’t allow a raccoon to remain inside the cage for an extended period of time.
- Raccoon Repellents – a repellent can temporarily keep raccoons out of areas or keep them off of objects and surfaces.
- Sprinkle granular repellents to create a barrier around particular areas.
- Spray liquid repellents onto surfaces like trashcans and bird feeders for more targeted protection.
- Electronic Repellents – electronic repellents frighten raccoons and condition them to stay out of any area. Electronics are low-maintenance and great alternatives to traditional liquid and granular repellents. Electronic water sprinklers are chemical-free and can be used to protect gardens, pathways, flowerbeds, pools, ponds, garbage cans, etc.
- Fencing – Because of their intelligence and the dexterity of their paws, raccoons can climb over, dig under and even unlatch traditional gates or fences. So using an electric fence to prevent raccoons can be a highly effective control method.
Quick Fixes For Controlling Raccoons
If the above methods, isn’t your reality, a few quick changes can help you manage the raccoon population around your home.
- Secure your trash can
- Periodically clean your trash can to eliminate food odors
- Bring in pet food
- Pick up fallen fruits or nuts around your home
- Clean up your yard
- Seal off chimney and other entry points
- Reduce access to your roof via tree branches
Call Any Pest Today
Keep in mind, it is difficult to catch raccoons, and it is best to leave this up to the professionals. Here at Any Pest, Inc we are qualified to capture and relocate these animals so that you won’t have to. Our wildlife professionals have provided cost-efficient, quality wildlife control to our customers for over two decades. When it comes to raccoon control in metro Atlanta, we can take care of your situation in an efficient and timely manner. If you need raccoon removal service, call Any Pest today!