Texas is home to many different critters, big and small. Some like to live near or inside homes including raccoons. Raccoons love nesting inside attics and crawlspaces of homes, especially when an expectant mother is looking for a good place to raise her kits. Raccoons can cause major damages to the home. Additionally, raccoons can spread rabies to your pets and carry parasites as well as diseases. When raccoons are found in or near your home, you can seek a professional wildlife trapping and removal service. However, it is much better to prevent raccoons then wait for a raccoon invasion to occur. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control will share how to prevent raccoons from invading your home.
Remove What Raccoons Eat & Drink
One of the most effective ways to prevent raccoons is to avoid feeding them or providing a water source. One of the first places raccoons will look for food is in trash cans. Raccoons are frequently depicted knocking over trash cans for a reason. Make sure that trash cans are anchored down until trash day. Next, you will want to avoid leaving pet food or bird feeders outside for long periods of time. You will also want to remove all possible water sources. Repair all leaky plumbing outside and attempt to prevent puddling. Again, remove pet water dishes and bird baths as you will want to eliminate all possible water sources. There can be a lot of different forms of food or water for raccoons. Walk around your yard and seek all possible food and water sources and remove it.
How to Keep Raccoons Off Your Deck & Out of Your Attic etc
The next step is keeping raccoons away from your home. There are few different methods to help deter raccoons. However, they are not always 100% effective. You might want to try installing motion sensor lights and sprinklers. Additionally, you can apply odor repellents every few weeks. As raccoons have become accustomed to urban and human environments, they often become determined to get inside your home particularly the attic or underneath the foundation. To prevent raccoons invading inside your home, start by covering the chimney and attic vents with a strong wiring. Raccoons are much stronger than people realize, so when anchoring the wiring in place be sure to hit a stub and use durable material. For the home’s foundation, you may need to have a foundation barrier put in place. Essentially, a foundation barrier is a wire fence that is buried and attached to the siding of the home. Foundation barriers are mostly used for elevated foundations and not always needed for concrete slabs. However, raccoons can still dig underneath concrete so watch for raccoon activity. Raccoons often gain access to a roof by climbing trees and using overhanging branches. To help prevent raccoons climbing onto your roof where they can claw their way through the roof and into the attic, make sure to trim all overhanging tree branches.
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Raccoons can be very destructive when they invade yards and homes. You will want to take every possible step to prevent raccoons and not wait until it is too late. If you need help removing raccoons or other critters that might be invading your home, contact A Five Star Termite & Pest Control today.