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Though many find raccoons to be cute and harmless, having these masked bandits create a large mess in your home or yard is a situation you don’t want to deal with. Raccoons have gotten extremely comfortable with living in close proximity to humans, which makes keeping them away from your home that much more challenging.

To keep raccoons from targeting your property, try some of these following suggestions:

  • Close all potential entry points that lead into your house and attic, including pet doors
  • Keep pet food inside
  • Set up an exclusion barrier around your shed and porch
  • Install a fence as tall and slick as possible
  • Secure the lids to your garbage cans or leave them in the garage until the day of pickup
  • Trim back tree branches that are close to your roof
  • Remove bird feeders or make sure to set them up so they are difficult for raccoons to get a hold of
  • Clean any fallen fruit beneath fruit trees
  • Ensure your home is in good repair

Because raccoons are fantastic climbers, it’s hard to control them from accessing your property. Many people suggest using things like sprays, powders, sprinklers, lights, sounds machines, etc., but there are no devices or products that will keep them away. If you notice that animals are continually getting into your trash, killing the fish in your small pond, and stealing your pet food or bird seed, then until you make the areas less accessible or eliminate the tempting source, the raccoons will keep showing up.

The most effective way to handle your raccoon problems is with preventative repairs in addition to raccoon trapping and removal. With over 30 years of experience in wildlife management, Critter Control® of Orlando knows the behaviors of these wild animals and can assist you with both safely and humanely removing them from your property as well as help you to prevent them from coming back. For more information about the services we provide, please call us today at 407-295-7194 to schedule your free consultation.

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