Raccoons are familiar neighbors to anyone who lives in Connecticut. Whether you live in the country or in the suburbs, chances are that you’ve seen these masked critters in your yard, perhaps even raiding your garbage can. While this is a nuisance, it can be easily solved with better fastening and storage of your trash cans. The big problem comes when the raccoons decide to move into your home, garage or other structures in your property and seem to have no plans to move out.
How Do I Keep Raccoons Out of My Home?
Raccoons are clever climbers, so it’s easy for them to access your home’s roof by climbing trees, downspouts, vines, or any other structure near the house. This way, they can seek access you’re your home through any openings they can find. To keep them out of your home, ensure that you haven’t put out a welcome mat for them. Your roof and chimney should be well-maintained. Repair any holes near the eaves of the roof and consider putting a chimney cap over the chimney. You can also limit access to the roof by trimming any trees or other vegetation that raccoons can climb.
What If I Already Have Raccoons in My Home?
If raccoons have already gained access to your home, they may have done so in search of a warm place to spend the winter and give birth to their young. There are several ways to drive raccoons out of your home. You can try “harassing” them out by using irritants such as bright light and sound, or by applying substances that will smell bad to their sensitive noses such as vinegar, ammonia or mothballs. If none of these methods work (particularly if a mother has a litter of babies), you may need to consult a professional to trap and remove the animals.
Can You Cage Trap Raccoons?
Cage trapping of raccoons that are living in homes or businesses, damaging yards or representing a safety threat to the public is legal in Connecticut, but it’s probably not something you want to try and do yourself. If requires considerable knowledge of state trapping laws and legal options for handling trapped raccoons, according to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Call a Professional
As a professional animal removal company, Connecticut-based Anderson Wildlife uses legal and human methods to trap and remove raccoons and other wildlife, eliminating any use of poisons, pesticides, or chemicals. Animals are relocated humanely, and Anderson Wildlife will repair any damage to your Connecticut home or business the animals can’t reenter your home and take up residence. Call 203-758-0555 or visit us online for a free quote.