How To Get Rid Of A Raccoon



If left to roam your property or live in your attic, raccoons can quickly cause damage or simply create a disturbance with their noise. No matter whether you have a single raccoon or a mother with multiple babies living on your properties, you will be glad to know that you can humanely and safely get rid of raccoons. Sometimes it will be possible to do this yourself, but don't hesitate to hire a professional if you cannot get the raccoon to leave yourself.

Prevent The Raccoon
The very first step to getting rid of raccoons is to make your property unappealing to them. This may discourage them from staying and at the very least, prevents new raccoons from taking their spots once you get rid of the current wildlife. You can set up a tall and deep fence around your property to keep raccoons out, or use a smaller fence to prevent them from getting into specific areas, such as underneath your porch or deck. You should also take the time to make some home repairs, such as sealing up holes and making sure vents are properly covered. This will stop raccoons from entering your home, but remember to always leave an entry point open if there are currently raccoons inside.

To further help prevent the raccoon, you should also work to eliminate potential food sources from your property. This means keeping pet food inside whenever possible and picking secure lids for your garbage cans if you have to leave them outside.

Exclusion
If there are raccoons physically inside your home, such as your attic or crawlspace, you can set up an exclusion device, also known as a one-way door. This method should only be used if you are absolutely certain there are no babies present as separating the mothers from the babies would be inhumane and lead to the death of the babies. You may need professional health to tell whether raccoon babies can independently leave through the one-way door, but it will be worth it. To use exclusion, you seal up all entry points into your home except one, and put the one-way door there. The raccoons can then leave, but not come back inside, meaning they should be gone within a few days.

Trapping And Relocation
Depending on where you live, trapping and relocation may also be an option for getting rid of raccoons. If you plan on using this technique, do some research as it is not legal to trap raccoons in all states and there may also be restrictions as to where or whether you can relocate them. You should definitely have a professional help you if you plan on relocating a mother and her babies as this situation is more sensitive. In any case, you will want to release the raccoon or raccoons somewhere that they have ready access to food, water, and shelter to improve their chances of successfully adapting to their new home. You will also need to repair your home to prevent new raccoons from entering where the old ones were; otherwise, this will just be a temporary solution.



Repellents
There are an incredible number of repellents that claim to get rid of raccoons on your property, some of which you can buy in stores and others which you make yourself. Always be careful when trying a store bought repellent as these may be chemical-based and harmful to your family or the environment. They are most commonly available as sprays, but you can also find granules or pellets that you spread out. Unfortunately, these commercial repellents aren't likely to offer success. The one exception to this rule is raccoon eviction fluid, which is made from urine and gland fluids from males and can sometimes work to get rid of mothers with babies.

You can also try one of the numerous homemade repellents, such as a solution that mixes garlic, hot pepper, or black pepper with water and liquid dish soap. As with store bought options, these are not typically effective as raccoons don't typically find a new den because of an unpleasant scent. Some people may also recommend using ammonia, but the same thing is true. Mothballs are equally ineffective and carry the additional issue of contaminating the environment and posing a danger to everyone.

There are also deterrents that make noise or flash lights to keep raccoons away. These methods are sometimes successful, but that is not always the case and the devices are typically expensive. They can also cause annoyance to you and your neighbors, making it not worth it for most people.

Avoid Killing
Sometimes it may seem as if you have no other option but to kill the raccoon that has invaded your property, but this method should not be used unless the animal is rabid, in which case you should contact a professional. Poisons or grip traps (lethal traps) may accidentally harm the wrong animal and can cause a painful death for the raccoon. Killing is never a humane option and there are better alternatives.

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