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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 Problem?
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.
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Getting Rid Of A Raccoon Nesting In Your Property
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 their mother.
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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.
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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.
For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
How much does raccoon removal cost? - get the lowdown on prices.
How to get rid of raccoons - my main raccoon removal info guide.
Example raccoon trapping photographs - get do-it-yourself ideas.
Raccoon job blog - learn from great examples of raccoon jobs I've done.