Raccoons in the Porch Stealing Pet Food

04.26.2006 - One of the common complaints that I hear from customers is that raccoons are feeding on pet food left outdoors.  Duh!  If you leave food outside, animals other than Spot and Fluffy are going to find and eat it.  The simple solution, I tell such people, is to take the food indoors, especially overnight, or make sure that the pets eat all of it.

If you do take the food indoors, don't leave it adjacent to a pet door or in a screened-in porch.  Raccoons will still be able to smell it, and now they will break in to get to it.  That's what happened at this job today.  These two young raccoons actually smelled pet food through a ceiling screen, and fell through into the porch, where they got stuck.  I was called out to remove the raccoons, and this is the sight I saw.  I did remove them with my snare pole, and relocated them outside.  The homeowner elected to fix his own porch roof, and not leave out pet food any more.

Below are some emails from people who have complained about various pet food thefts from raccoons.  Many of these people were out of my service range, but I was able to advise all of them to keep the pet food securely indoors.

David, I found your company web site and think you may be able to help. I have a raccoon that has taken up residence in my attic. It has also decided to help itself to my worthless Rottweiler's food dish.  Not only has it decided my attic makes a good home it has even taken it upon himself to do some home renovations by building a new exit for more convenient access (a hole in my roof). After covering the hole Monday it has since undone my work. What are your fees to catch a raccoon? It has been spotted by several neighbors in their yards during the past few days. I live in Atlantic Beach. Cheers, Blaine
Hello, I live in Jacksonville, FL and I am having a problem with raccoons coming into my house through my cat door and eating my cats food. I was wondering if you have any recommendations or if the only option is to trap them? Regarding the traps I am worried that my cats will be trapped as well? Please let me know the best solution (other than taking out the cat door). Also, I would like to know the cost of your services for trapping Raccoons. Thanks!
Hello. My name is Erin Raney. A couple of local raccoons have moved into the crawl space in the roof area of my front porch and are currently chewing their way into the attic, in addition to stealing the food of my outdoor cat. Their homes (trees next door) were cut down next and they found my place. What is the next step in acquiring an estimate or response for you, the experts? This is having an impact on my rest--they are not peaceful, quiet, respectful neighbors....:P Thanks, Erin
Hello David, My name is Sherry and I live in DeLand. I am trying to research ways to get rid of a bunch of raccoons who live on my property. They have ripped holes in my pool screen, thrown rocks in my pool, torn up toys, shaken my bird's cage and eaten the seend, dumped all of the plants and have generally been destructive. We sometimes have dog food out by the pool, but we have remove it. We found footprints in the house and they come out during the day, when they see us, to drink from the pool. They are not afraid and we have to do something at this point. We have lived with the issue for the fall and winter and need to move them now, since they are getting bolder and my children want to use the pool. We cannot afford to hire you, though I would love to. If you would please, can you tell me how I can determine if a female is nursing a litter of pups? We have seen small raccoons who ride on their mother's backs, but they are yearlings. If there is a mother with a new litter, I do not want to trap and move her until the babies are viable on their own. Your experience with this problem would be a blessing to me--and to any baby raccoons! Thank you and God Bless, Sherry

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