You know the ones! You go out to take a walk in the crisp night air, and there they are rummaging through your trash, spreading it all over the place. It takes a minute for your heart to stop pounding and the tingles to leave the top of your head once you realize that you have come face to face with a raccoon. Secretly, you are some thankful that it wasn’t a skunk; but nonetheless, you could have done without being startled.
The weather has turned colder, food and warmth for these pesky animals is becoming harder for them to find. Normally they live outdoors in trees or burrows and feed on fruit, berries, insects, and rodents. They prefer wooded areas along rivers and streams, but in colder weather these wildlife pests can get into your home, garage, or outbuilding and make their nests to live in. They will eat from gardens and compost piles until they become too frozen, and your cupboards are next on the list.
Raccoons can be extremely dangerous because they can carry rabies that may infect your pets or your family. No one wants to get the devastating news that they’ve been exposed to rabies. The treatment which must be undergone is excruciatingly painful. It is also heartbreaking to find that your pet has been exposed to this disease, which is actually more common.
Here are a few tips to help you avoid raccoons from invading your property:
Do not feed your own pets outside
Put a fence around your garden
Keep compost away from your house
Use tight fitting locking lids on your outside trash
Make sure there are no loose shingles on your roof
Keep chimney caps and vent covers secure
Raccoons are nocturnal pests that are common throughout the U.S.A. especially near wooded areas and water sources. They are grayish brown and have a mask across their eyes and a ringed black and white tail.
If you have done everything you can to keep raccoons at bay but you are still having problems with these pesky critters, you should contact an experienced pest control service like Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. Attempting to remove raccoons on your own can be very dangerous. Rottler Pest And Lawn Solutions technicians have the training, experience, and proper safety gear to assess your property and handle your raccoon problem efficiently and humanely. We will also repair and clean up wreckage left behind.
Don’t allow raccoons to wreak havoc in your yard or in your home this winter when expert help is just a call away. Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions – we are here for you.