While homeowners will face a variety of pests that they will need to address, they will often focus on insects or rodents. Raccoons can also pose a significant threat to a home, but this is a pest problem that is often overlooked.
Understand The Full Scope Of The Problems And Risks Raccoons Can Create
One of the reasons that raccoon problems are often overlooked is due to the fact that homeowners may fail to appreciate the full scope of the damage that these animals can cause. In addition to rummaging through your trash, these pests may also cause structural damage to your home in the process of building a nest. Structural damages are not the only issue that raccoons can cause as they may also carry a number of dangerous diseases or get into fights with your pets.
Eliminate Conditions That Attract Raccoons
Eliminating the conditions that are attracting the raccoons to your property is the first step in addressing this problem. When these pests start to target your home, it is often due to food being available for them to eat. For these reasons, you should make it a point to ensure the garbage bins are tightly closed so that the raccoons can't rummage through them. Also, pet food can attract raccoons. They will often steal the food or even fight your pet over it. For this reason, your pets should be fed in a secure area if there is an ongoing raccoon problem.
Utilize Predator Urine To Help Scare Away Raccoons
One way that you can help to prevent raccoons from spending much time on your property is by spreading either real or synthetic predator urine around the perimeter of the property. The scent of these products can scare the raccoons away as they may assume that there is a dangerous predator in the vicinity.
Invest In Professional Raccoon Treatment Services
In some situations, your raccoon problem may simply require the services of a professional pest control provider. These services will be able to use a variety of strategies to eliminate the raccoons. While homeowners may assume that toxic pesticides will be the only effective option, there are many services that can use live traps to remove the raccoons from your property. To determine the best solution for eliminating the raccoon problem, a pest control professional will need to inspect your property so that they can determine the severity of the raccoon issue.
For more information, contact a pest control company.