Wild animals are found in neighborhoods in cities and towns all over Connecticut. They frequently make their way into people’s yards looking for food. Animals such as raccoons look for places where food is plentiful and easily accessible. They may target trash cans and tip them over to find something to eat.
Raccoons may also be attracted by pet food left outdoors. A bowl of dog or cat food is a tasty snack for a raccoon. If an animal knows that pet food is left outdoors every day, it will keep coming back looking for another meal.
Raccoons can be a problem because they can carry rabies. A raccoon that encounters a dog or cat in a backyard may bite, which can infect the pet. This is why you should try to keep raccoons out of your yard.
How to Feed Your Pet and Keep Raccoons Away
If you have a dog or cat, you should feed it indoors to avoid attracting raccoons. If your pet lives outside all of the time, there are other ways to minimize the risk of attracting raccoons. Put the food down for a relatively brief amount of time. Give your pet time to eat, and then take the bowl away. You may want to give your pet smaller amounts of food a few times a day instead of leaving a full bowl out all day long.
You should never leave pet food out in your yard overnight. Raccoons are nocturnal, which means they are out at night looking for food. A raccoon that knows pet food is available at night will keep coming back for more.
Call Anderson Wildlife Control to Have a Raccoon Removed
If a raccoon is already making a habit of coming into your yard because it has been drawn to pet food, you will need to take action to keep it from coming back. Call Anderson Wildlife Control. We can humanely live-trap and relocate the raccoon to another place to prevent it from coming back. Then you can make changes to the way you feed your pet to avoid attracting other raccoons in the future. Contact Anderson Wildlife Control today to get an estimate for raccoon removal.