Raccoons in Your Home
It seems pretty obvious why you wouldn’t want a raccoon sharing your home, but in case you need convincing, here are a few reasons why they don’t make good house guests. First, they can be quite destructive. They need food and shelter and will do what is needed to get it. They could tear holes in the roof, split up displays, rip up your duct work and destroy your insulation. They could break into food containers, even when they’re sealed. A larger problem comes from the feces and urine that they leave behind. Raccoon droppings frequently contain roundworms which can be transferred to humans and pets. They can also carry infections, ticks and fleas. While it is true that there’s a risk of rabies, it is a very small risk. In fact, there has only been one documented case from the United States where a raccoon infected an individual.
There are products that contain fox or coyote urine that you may use to try to repel the raccoons, but they’re largely ineffective. It is also possible to try ammonia, mothballs or transmitters that send out high frequency noises, but these usually do not work either. The only foolproof method to eliminate raccoons would be to trap and eliminate them.
The problem with raccoons is that they are not small animals. If you manage to trap or kill one, it can be difficult to release it in the wild or dispose of the carcass. If released, it’s typical for the raccoons to find their way back to your home. In many cases, people who attempt to trap and eliminate raccoons by themselves will wind up getting injured or treating the raccoon in an inhumane way. That’s why Wildlife removal Orlando FL should be called. Never try and approach or manage a raccoon – they’re wild animals and WILL bite and claw the hell out of you.
What you ought to do is call the regional animal control or someone who deals in pest elimination. They will come out to your house, trap the animals and eliminate them from your property.
If a raccoon is continually getting into your trash, try out some of the tricks to dissuade them. You may also put a heavy object on the lid of your trash can like a cinder block. Some people swear by baby powder on the lid because they state raccoons don’t enjoy the powder to get on their hands. You can even try playing a radio at a low volume. Raccoons might be turned off by the sounds. Double bagging your trash may also be effective as it will help to conceal the odor which attracts the raccoon in the first place.
Raccoons are very good at breaking through any defenses you set up, so you might have to try some of these things before you can get raccoons to stay away from your home.