Identify the Problem
The first step in solving any problem is identifying it. You need to know why raccoons are invading your home. Are they looking for food, shelter, or water? Once you have identified the problem, you can then look for ways to solve it.
Remove the Attractants
Raccoons are attracted to food, so make sure that you keep your garbage cans tightly sealed. Do not leave any pet food outside, and make sure that your compost bin is secure. Raccoons are also attracted to water, so make sure that there are no sources of standing water in your yard.
Install a Motion Sensor Light
Raccoons are nocturnal animals, so they are more active at night. Installing a motion sensor light can scare them away when they come near your home. The sudden burst of light can startle them and make them go away.
There are various types of repellents that you can use to scare raccoons away from your house. Some of the most common ones include ammonia, predator urine, and hot pepper spray. You can also use sound repellents such as ultrasonic devices or radios tuned to talk radio stations.
Fencing is another effective way to keep raccoons away from your home. Make sure that the fence is at least 6 feet high and extends at least 6 inches underground. This will prevent raccoons from digging under the fence.
Seal Entry Points
Raccoons can enter your home through small holes and cracks. Make sure that you seal all entry points to prevent them from entering. You can use caulking, steel wool, or hardware cloth to seal these holes.
Keep Your Yard Clean
A well-maintained yard can deter raccoons from invading your home. Keep your yard clean and free of debris. Trim your bushes and trees regularly, and remove any fallen fruits or nuts from your yard.
If all else fails, you can use traps to catch raccoons. Make sure that you use humane traps and release them at least 10 miles away from your home. Check with your local wildlife agency to see if it is legal to trap raccoons in your area.
Q: Are raccoons dangerous?
A: Raccoons can carry diseases that can be harmful to humans. They can also cause damages to your property.
Q: How do I know if I have raccoons in my yard?
A: Look for signs such as overturned garbage cans, droppings, and tracks.
Q: What should I do if I find a baby raccoon?
A: Do not touch the baby raccoon. Contact your local wildlife agency for assistance.
Q: What is the best way to prevent raccoons from invading my home?
A: Remove all attractants, use fencing, install a motion sensor light, and seal all entry points.
Now that you know how to scare raccoons away from your house, you can take the necessary steps to keep them away from your home. Remember to remove all attractants, use repellents, install a motion sensor light, use fencing, seal all entry points, and keep your yard clean. If all else fails, contact your local wildlife agency for assistance.