Raccoons are some of the most intelligent animals in the world and can be quite crafty when it comes to getting what they want. They’re known for going through garbage cans and snacking on pet food, and they also have sneaky ways of breaking into homes—especially as we’re moving into cooler fall weather.
The raccoon is a very intelligent animal that can cause you a lot of problems if it decides your home is its new den. Raccoons are destructive and have been known to rip up insulation, tear up carpeting and furniture, chew through wires, and cause other structural damage. They also carry diseases such as rabies, distemper, roundworms, and fleas. These diseases can be transferred to your family through direct contact or indirectly through pets or wildlife living on your property (including raccoons).
In addition to breaking through screens, vents, doors, and windows – they can also find other clever ways to get in especially if they want something inside your home badly enough.
So how do you keep them out? Here are some tips from our local expert at Anderson Wildlife Control:
Trim back tree branches from your home and shed.
You should trim back tree branches from your home and shed and remove all dead branches and leaves from your property. These are easy-access tools for raccoons and help them to find shelter as they make their way in.
Store pet food indoors.
Raccoons love to eat pet food. It’s cheap, easy to find, and full of protein. Keep your pet food indoors to keep raccoons from getting into your home.
Metal storage bins are the best option for storing dry goods such as pet food, birdseed, and cat litter. Make sure that you keep all rinsed bowls/cups containing any leftover food inside after feeding time so they don’t attract any unwanted guests who might come knocking at your front door later on down the line! Raccoons can’t chew through metal bins so the container will be safe from them for years to come! Store your bin on a high shelf or in an area out of sight where it’s unlikely that a raccoon would be able to reach it easily.
Install protective wire mesh around vents and chimneys.
If you have a recurring problem with raccoons in your home you can also buy mesh at hardware stores that can be used to cover the vents and chimneys in your home. Make sure the size of the mesh is large enough to prevent raccoons from entering through these areas. Once you’ve installed the protective wire mesh around your vents and chimneys, secure it well with screws or nails so that raccoons don’t pull them out of place when trying to access your home.
Seal cracks or holes on the outside of your home.
Keeping your home well-maintained is important. If you’re having raccoon problems, it’s especially important to seal any holes or cracks you notice – in particular where utility lines enter the house. Use flashing or other materials that raccoons can’t chew through or rip apart to seal off your home. Make sure you’re using the right tools for the job, as well as taking proper precautions to avoid injury during installation.
Get help in CT for a raccoon problem
Because they’re so smart, it’s important to take care when trying to get rid of raccoons yourself rather than hiring professionals right away—if you don’t know what you’re doing then the situation could become much worse before getting better! If you have a raccoon problem and are looking for solutions, it may be time to call in the experts. Our team at Anderson Wildlife Control can help resolve your raccoon issue with humane and effective control methods. We offer services that include trapping and removal, the exclusion of intruders through sealing gaps or entrances, and more.