Raccoons have developed a mischievous and sneaky reputation and are regarded by many as a property threat. They may enter your premises and cause damage or use your backyard as their den. To avoid having to call a raccoon removal service, it’s important to understand what attracts them. Here’s what you need to know.
3 Factors That Can Attract Raccoons
1. Pooled Water
These medium-sized mammals only need food, shelter, and water to survive. If they are short on the latter, they may head for your leaky pipes or pet's water fountain. Prevent this from happening by getting regular pipe maintenance services and emptying your pet's dishes. If you have a pool in your yard, you may need to fence it off.
2. Garbage Bins
When raccoons can't find their usual meals, they will scavenge for food scraps in garbage bins or dumpsters. To stop this, ensure that your trash bins are closed tight, and take them out close to scheduled garbage pickups. If you’re remodeling your home and have a dumpster on your property, make sure raccoons can’t get in. Finally, clean the garbage containers regularly to reduce odors that may draw these creatures to your property.
3. Vegetable Garden
Raccoons love to eat nuts, sweet corn, and fruits, but they will also eat whatever is readily available. This makes gardens an easy target for these animals. To prevent the issue, cultivate cayenne pepper (a natural repellent) to discourage these omnivores from frequenting your yard. Also, keep your space clean and get rid of fallen fruits and nuts right away.
If these animals have been scavenging and scurrying around your lawn, call American Bio-Tech Wildlife Services for professional raccoon removal services. For over 40 years, this wildlife control company has been using humane and eco-friendly strategies to remove nuisance animals from properties in Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven counties, CT. For more information about their services, visit their website. Call (860) 355-1231 to schedule a free site inspection.