What to Do About Nuisance Wildlife: Raccoon Removal

Raccoons have a cute and cuddly appearance. Who hasn’t thought that when they see one in the wild or in a cute photo? They are less than cute, however, if they have infested your home or garden. They are bothersome and destructive pests in that case, causing harm to your house, spreading garbage and droppings around your property, and eating your landscaping. They can also carry parasites or diseases that can infect your animals. The question then becomes how to get rid of them in a humane and efficient manner. You can learn more at King George Squirrel Removal Association

Trapping and relocating raccoons is the most popular form of raccoon removal. Before buying or renting a pit, make sure you know the laws in your state and area. Trapping a wild animal is prohibited in many jurisdictions. If the raccoon has taken up residence in your attic, chimney, or within your walls, you should check for babies before setting up your trap, particularly in the spring. If you don’t, the baby raccoons will do a lot of damage before starving to death, and then you’ll have to deal with the stench of decomposition. Even if taken several miles away, the mother raccoon would try to return to your house. Owing to the difficulties of finding and extracting infants, some experts advise against attempting to catch a raccoon if there is a chance of them being born. After that, you’ll need to get a trap that’s large enough and strong enough to carry the raccoon. They are nimble, intelligent, and strong, and can easily escape a weak trap. If you should intend to use a trap, move the animal 10-20 miles away after it has been trapped to prevent it from returning.

A high-intensity strobe light is another recent raccoon removal invention, particularly when trapping isn’t an option. This works well in places like attics and crawl spaces under your house. Raccoons’ eyes are extremely sensitive, and they cannot handle vivid, flashing light. It would force them to leave your home within a day or two, as well as their offspring. Another advantage is that it would deter them from returning the next year to lay their eggs.

Some people claim that using chemical repellents or moth balls can keep them away, but these methods have been proven ineffective. If a raccoon is damaging your landscaping or feasting on your lawn, you can buy and string wiring that will send the animal an electric shock. To scare away the raccoon while remaining healthy around children and pets, the voltage does not have to be very high. Motion-activated water sprayers function in a similar way to keep pests out of your yard.