Most known for their ringed tails and their nuisance habit of digging through trash for food, raccoons are nocturnal animals that tend to inhabit hollow trees and logs near lakes and streams, but creep into residential areas when scrummaging for food. As a home or business owner, it’s necessary to take preventative actions to avoid future costs. Do you know what these helpful, protective measures are?
Raccoons are medium-sized animals native to North America, commonly known for being pests around the neighborhood. Normally, raccoons will eat insects, frogs, and crayfish throughout the spring and summer months, and nuts, grains, and berries, during the late summer and fall. Of course, their diet, along with their need to forage through garbage cans for nourishment, could lend itself to lawn damage and other messes. Because raccoons can be aggressive, it’s important to take simple steps to help yourself, such as using trash cans made of tough materials, like hard plastics and metal, and cans with tight-fitting lids and straps to help hold them shut.
Sometimes, raccoons make their homes in places where they are not welcome, such as areas beneath porches and outbuildings, attics, and chimneys. Not only is this a hassle for a homeowners dealing with damaged property, but it can prove harmful, as raccoons carry and spread diseases. Most commonly, raccoons are known for transmitting rabies to humans or pets, but this is not the only threat the creatures pose. Raccoon feces and urine are associated with other diseases, including roundworm, giardia, and leptospirosis. If you have any questions or concerns, it’s best to contact a pest control professional who has training in resolving unwanted pest issues in the correct ways.
In the meantime, here are additional, preemptive steps to consider implementing:
Strategic placement of trash cans:
Place cans where they can’t be tipped over.
Place a barrier to attractive areas:
Raccoons have an affinity for chimneys. Access to this area can be restricted by using a commercial spark arrestor cap or heavy screen wire secured over any openings.
Be mindful of where you’re leaving food and water.
Minimize access to suitable foods, shelter and water.
Survey your property.
Don’t forget to check regularly for unwanted visitors, as it can save a lot of cost in the future.