When many people think about raccoons, they think of wild animals. Did you know that raccoons are much more prevalent in cities and urban areas though? These animals are smart, curious and very capable of gaining access to almost anywhere they want to go. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control is here to talk about the problems that raccoons can cause when they find your yard appealing.
Raccoons Can Live in Your Attic & Home
Yes, you read that right, raccoons can often get into homes if they are persistent enough. The most common place they like to get into is your attic. This doesn’t mean that they only want to make their way into your attic. Raccoons often make a home underneath decks, in chimneys and in crawl spaces as well. They will try to build their nests there and make a home if you let them.
Raccoons are Destructive
Many things are attractive in yards to raccoons. They are very attracted to bird seed and bird houses, ponds with fish and decks and sheds that they can hide under during the day. These nocturnal animals are quiet when you are awake to see them and wreak havoc during the twilight hours. There aren’t many options that will keep raccoons out of your yard other than a good fence. You can also put exclusion barriers around your deck and shed to make them less appealing to raccoons.
Raccoons Tearing Up Yard
If you are trying to grow vegetables like corn in your garden, you will likely have raccoon problems. They are also very interested in fruit trees and will each fruit like peaches right down to the pit. Trapping is one of the only ways that you can get rid of raccoons that are constantly trying to each your fruit and vegetable gardens.
Raccoons Get in Garbage Cans
The rotten food that lies in your garbage can is an actual feast for raccoons. They have human-like hands and feet that make it nearly impossible to keep them out if the lid isn’t on tight enough. You can usually keep them out of your trash when you tie the garbage can lid down using bungee cords or something equally sturdy.
Pools Attract Raccoons
Raccoons even enjoy taking a dip in your swimming pool, if you have one. They enjoy a leisurely swim to bathe and they even poop in pools which leaves behind a big mess. Some homeowners have driven nails through a board and put them upside down on the steps to the pool so that raccoons can use the stairs without getting poked by nails.
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If you have a raccoon problem and can’t get rid of them no matter what you try, you can count on the pest experts at A Five Star Termite & Pest Control to handle the job for you. We have the training and the equipment to successfully get rid of any raccoons that are wreaking havoc on your property. Call us today!