Time for Raccoon Control
We know raccoons can be a troublesome bother. Our raccoon page details how these pesky critters are smart, nocturnal beings who love living in or near your house, porch, or shed. On that page, you’ll also see some raccoon control tips for preventing them from doing costly and dangerous damage to your home. But, seeing as how the fall is a busy time for these animals to be preparing their nests to keep warm for the winter, we thought we’d share with you some more raccoon control tips.
Raccoons are Smart
We could be forgiven for marvelling at how these intelligent creatures opportunistically fend for their families. Did you know that raccoons are one of the few animals that actually wash their food and remember where the best foraging is found? They also tend to clean up the scraps that other animals leave behind. While that makes them somewhat helpful in one sense, their resourcefulness makes them a more challenging foe close to home.
Here are some tips on raccoon control to prevent them from identifying your home as a place to nest or frequently visit.
- Raccoons hate the smell of apple cider vinegar (and so do some humans!). Soak a cloth in apple cider vinegar and place it in an aerated container near the den. The smell will deter them!
- Install a “scare light.” Having motion sensor lights that automatically turn on will scare away wandering raccoons.
- Don’t feed them. This may seem simple but many people who think they’re helping the raccoons by leaving food for them or dangerously trying to feed them directly by hand might end up harming these creatures. Neighbourhood raccoons will not starve – they are expert foragers – and they are actually worse off receiving food from humans, as they are not meant to eat our processed, fatty foods. Additionally, encouraging them to be closer to our homes increases their danger of being hit by cars.
- If you have an outdoor cat, do not leave food outside for your feline. Raccoons will find and remember these freebies. Only feed your cats and other pets indoors. Plus, you’ll be keeping your pets safer by doing so.
- Play a talk radio channel near their den to frighten them away from human voices.
- Give them time. Once you’ve implemented some of these tips, remember that the mother raccoons may take a little while to move babies one by one to another den.