How to Get Rid of a Raccoon Infestations

Raccoons are sneaky and mischievous critters that are clever enough to conceal themselves in areas around your home. While you may not initially be aware of their presence, you will notice the mess they leave behind. If you are dealing with a raccoon infestation, here are a few raccoon removal tips you can try to get rid of the destructive pests.

Effective Raccoon Removal Methods

Removing a raccoon requires different tactics depending on where it is nesting on your property.

  • Raccoons In Your Yard

If a raccoon is living in your yard, chances are they’re searching for food. Raccoons will completely destroy your yard, flower beds, and trash cans in their quest for food. Their destructive behaviors can result in scattered garbage and pricey landscaping costs.

One great way to keep raccoons away from your yard is to deter them with strong smelling scents that they dislike. Vinegar, cayenne pepper, or cat litter can be sprinkled in areas where raccoon prints are evident to deter increased activity. Motion-detecting lights or sprinklers can also spook the nocturnal critters off of your property.

  • Raccoons In Your Garden

Hungry raccoons will flock to thriving, and exposed, fruit and vegetable gardens. Clean up any fallen or rotten produce and install a fence or mesh barrier around your garden to keep raccoons and other pests out. If you have a fruit tree, keep them from climbing up by installing some sheet metal guards to the tree trunk.

  • Raccoons In the Attic

A raccoon in your attic is most likely a raccoon looking for an escape from the harsh outside conditions or a mama raccoon searching for a place to nest and have her babies. Handling either situation must be done very delicately. Once a raccoon nests or gives birth in your home, it will become territorial and difficult to remove without professional assistance.

If there are babies, it is important to allow them to mature for a few weeks, otherwise they will die without their mother. After they are ready for removal, wildlife experts can set live traps to safely capture and release the invasive raccoons off property. When the raccoons are gone, wildlife removal professionals will seal your attic entry points to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

Rely on Lake County’s Raccoon Removal Experts

Attempting raccoon removal on your own is dangerous, as the unpredictable pests can attack, bite, scratch, and spread disease if threatened or provoked. Instead of risking your health and well-being, contact the experienced wildlife control technicians at Critter Control® of Lake County to quickly and safely remove raccoons from your property and keep them from returning. To schedule your consultation and receive a free estimate for our raccoon removal services, call Critter Control® of Lake County today at 352-204-0074.


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