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Raccoons are an animal that can be a huge nuisance
when they are in and around your property, and
there are several different types of damage they
can cause, along with stealing food and also the
possibility of disease transmission. This means
that it is important to deal with a raccoon
problem as soon as possible, and the truth is that
the fastest way to deal with the raccoon is to
trap it and then move it well away from the area
where it is causing a problem. There are several
other solutions that are marketed, but in some
cases these can be ineffective or take too long to
effectively be a solution for the raccoon problem.
Will Repellents Solve Your Raccoon
This is one of the most common misconceptions that
people will find, as there are plenty of products
that are found in stores that claim to be able to
get rid of raccoons simply by spraying a
particular powder or fluid around your property.
The real truth here is that you should consider
whether this is really too good to be true, and if
it sounds like an easy solution to a difficult
problem, then you would be absolutely right. These
repellents will not get rid of the raccoon for
you, so make sure that you don't get sucked in by
the marketing claims, as this will delay the work
of trapping and removing the raccoon, allowing it
to cause a greater nuisance.
Getting Rid Of A Raccoon Nesting In Your
In order to remove a raccoon, you will need to use
a cage trap to catch the animal, and you will need
to find one which is roughly the same size as
those used to catch feral cats and animals of a
similar size. This should then be placed in an
area near the nesting spot of the raccoon, and
baited with a smelly food such as canned fish, wet
cat food or bacon, which will all draw the animal
into the trap. Once you have caught the raccoon,
make sure you check the nest in case there are
baby raccoons that need to be moved along with
Dealing With A Raccoon Coming To The
Property To Scavenge For Food
This is a slightly different problem, but
ultimately the first thing you will need to do is
to try and deal as best you can with the factors
drawing the raccoon to the property. This will
mean trying to protect the food sources, and this
can be done by putting garbage in cans rather than
leaving them in bags, and moving pet and animal
food from their sacks into a barrel with a lid.
The second stage then is to examine the fencing
around the property, seal any holes or gaps that
are allowing raccoons into the property, and then
to look at stopping the raccoons from getting in
to the area.
Preventing Future Raccoon Problems
Once you have managed to remove the raccoons
causing the problem, then you can start to look at
ways to stop other raccoons from returning.
Maintaining the fence, and also considering
putting a new one in place with an outward leaning
top section can help to prevent raccoons from
getting in to the property, while dealing with
potential food sources can also be useful. You
should also look to seal the area where the
raccoons were nesting, to prevent other raccoons
from moving in to the same nest in future, and
this can be done by fixing a screen of chicken
wire over the area.
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