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Tips to Preventing Raccoon Damage (Part 2)

In our previous blog, we mentioned the dangers of raccoons because of them being carriers of rabies. We also listed signs that raccoons are making your home THEIRS. We just wanted to extend those thoughts into some helpful advice about how you can prevent raccoon damage and infestation at your home. Because here’s the good news– you CAN prevent raccoon damage.

There are several preventative measures that you can initiate in order to discourage raccoons from choosing your home as a den site. First of all, food is a big reason raccoons set up shop at your house. If there is a constant food supply nearby, then the raccoons won’t want to travel far away from that food source. Sources of food around the neighborhood could come in the form of garbage, bird feed, and pet food. All of these foods are perfect wildlife attractants. Our advice it to keep garbage in secured trashcans with a thick lid and a weight or pressure straps on top. Thin plastic lids can be chewed and broken. Install baffles on bird feeder poles to prevent raccoons from climbing them. Also, take any outdoor pet food in at night. Pet food can attract anything from mice to raccoons to skunks!
Cut trees back 6′ to 8′ away from your home to prevent access to the roof.
Metal flashing can be applied to wooden beams and house corners to prevent climbing.
You may also want to check around your home for aging construction and unsecured openings where a raccoon could create an entrance. Be sure that any repairs are sturdy. Raccoons are strong animals with very hand-like, dexterous front paws.

Sound like a lot to do? Eliminate’Em can do it for you. Here are some of the services we can provide in order to humanely rid your home of raccoons.

* Inspect homes for signs of damage.
* Trap and humanely remove the raccoons.
* Seal up any entry points upon inspection and do it right away.
* Answer any questions you may have.

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