Raccoons can cause a significant amount of damage to our homes, which is why all of us will want to avoid them. While preventing an infestation is essential to this, many of us might find that there are already a few of them inside the house. Naturally, you’ll want to get rid of them as quickly as possible.
Despite this, many of us may not know how to get rid of raccoons, especially if they’re hiding in the attic or somewhere else that we can’t get to. While there is quite a large number of sprays and other products that will kill the raccoons, many of us would prefer to get rid of them without hurting them.
Though this could make things a little more difficult, it’s not impossible. Many of us might prefer to hire a professional to do this, especially if you suspect that the animal has rabies. If they don’t have the disease, however, there are a few steps that you can take to get rid of them.
I’ve found that prevention can often be vital, although this may not work constantly, and neither can getting rid of them each time they enter your house. Instead, you’ll need to get rid of an infestation while also taking advantage of some preventative measures. There are a few specific things that I’ve found can be quite effective at doing this.
What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial
Many of us might not know what’s needed to get rid of raccoons, regardless of where in the house they are. However, there are a few simple products that you’ll need to get rid of them, as well several things that you can use to prevent them from coming back. These include:
- Motion Sensor Devices: Motion sensor products can be vital in making sure that raccoons can’t get into your house. For this to happen, you should buy sensors that include sprinklers and noise devices, which should startle the raccoons enough to scare them away.
- Cages & Traps: If there are raccoons in your home, you’ll need to trap them in a cage. There are a variety of cages that you can buy, the majority of which should include products that lure the raccoons into the cage and trap them. When you’re buying these, you should aim to buy larger products, as this will make sure that there’s enough space to trap as many raccoons as possible.
- Ball Or Pet Toy: These should be placed inside your cage trap, as raccoons can often injure themselves when trying to escape.
- Natural Repellents: There are a large number of natural repellents that should keep raccoons away, such as spices, black peppers, and more. It’s recommended that you sprinkle these around your home and yard to make sure that you don’t get an infestation. They should also help to repel any pests that you already have.
- Expandable Foam or Caulk: Raccoons will typically enter your home or garden through small holes in your fencing or walls. As such, you’ll need to fill or repair each of these to keep them out.
- Barrier Screens: Many of us will have openings in our home that we can’t close off, such as chimneys, vents, and others. However, barrier screens will proof useful for these.
Once you have each of the above, you’ll be able to start racoon-proofing your home.
Step By Step Instructions
There are a few notable ways that you’ll be able to identify whether you have a raccoon infestation. In your backyard, you should see trash thrown around while your garbage cans will look as though they’ve been tampered with.
Should they be in your attic or basement, then you should be able to hear scratching sounds and unexplained noises. Depending on where the raccoons are, there are a few steps that you’ll need to take.
While preventing them from getting inside your garden will be much easier than removing them from your house, neither are impossible. However, that doesn’t mean that you should skip any of the below steps.
Instead, once you’ve gotten rid of any raccoons in your home, you should take advantage of various preventative measures. Doing so should make sure that you’re able to stop them from getting back into your house, which will save a lot of time and effort in the long-term.
1. Seal Off Your Home & Yard
Trying to get rid of raccoons can be a nightmare, especially when they’re in your attic or basement. This means that it can be vital to make sure that they don’t get there in the first place, with there being a few ways that you can do so.
Naturally, the first of these will be to make sure that your home is sealed and that there are no ways for the raccoons to get there. You may need to spend a while inspecting your roof, foundation, and the siding of your house. When doing so, you should look for any holes that are three inches wide or larger.
Depending on the area, a raccoon will be able to scratch at the edges of the hole to make it wide enough to enter. As such, covering these holes is vital. There are a variety of materials that you can use to do so, with some of the better-recommended being wood, expandable foam, caulk, and concrete.
There may also be some holes that you might not be able to cover up for various reasons, such as a chimney opening. However, you should cover these with a barrier screen. While there is quite a large number of options available for this, you should make sure that they can withstand any damage, which should keep the raccoons out.
If you have a fence around your garden, then you’ll need to patch up any holes that you can find in it. However, the only fencing that’s guaranteed to keep raccoons out is electric fencing, as the pests will be able to climb over the majority of others.
2. Remove Attractants
While there are a variety of ways to get rid of raccoons from your home, these can prove to be useless if they keep coming back. This means that you’ll need to figure out what’s attracting them to your house and getting rid of it. There are a few things, in particular, that may be doing so.
The most obvious of these is your trash, as the pests have quite a keen sense of smell and can be attracted to unsealed garbage bins from miles away. This should mean that you’ll have to properly seal your bin bags and make sure that your bins aren’t overflowing.
There shouldn’t be much effort needed with this, as there is quite a large variety of bin bags that you can choose from. Many of these should be able to prevent the smell of your rubbish from attracting raccoons, with some even having smell-reducing chemicals built into the lining.
This should mean that the majority of raccoons should bypass your home. Many of the pests have been known to open trashcans by themselves, so it could also be worth investing in locks for your bins. If you have an area in your garden where you eat regularly, then you’ll also need to make sure that you clean up quickly.
3. Proper Sanitation
I’ve found that, just because the outside of a home is clean, raccoons may still be attracted to the house. This could mean that some of them may try to find a way into your house, with much of this being driven by the smell of food. However, it doesn’t mean that you’ll have to put up with them.
Instead, proper sanitation can be vital to prevent them from being attracted to your house. You’ll need to regularly clean your rubbish bins and other areas that frequently come into contact with food. By doing so, you’ll be able to minimize and possibly avoid the smells that raccoons may be attracted to.
How To Trap & Get Rid Of A Raccoon
While prevention is vital, the pests might still find a way to get inside your home, although may of us might not know how to get rid of a raccoon. There are a few ways that you’ll be able to do so without having to hire a professional. It should be noted, however, that you should always hire an expert if you believe that a raccoon has rabies.
1. Setting Up The Trap
The easiest and most effective way of getting rid of them is by trapping and releasing them into the wild. There are a few steps that you’ll need to take, with the first being to figure out where they usually walk. By doing so, you’ll be able to set the trap in an area that they’re likely to be.
You should set the trap up near their trail but at least a few inches away from anything that they’ll be able to grab while in the cage. You should also make sure that it’s on flat ground, as the majority of raccoons will not go into the cage if it wobbles. Alongside this, you should aim to ensure that it’s in the shade.
You should also disguise the trap as much as possible. In many cases, you may be able to buy a cage trap that comes with materials to do so. Once the cage has been set up, you should place bait in a trail going from where they usually walk to inside the cage itself.
Once all of these things have been done, you’ll need to wait patiently until the raccoon has been caught. How to set up the cage trap can vary depending on which manufacturer and model you choose. This means that you’ll need to spend a certain amount of time going through the instructions to make sure that you can set it up correctly.
2. Once You’ve Caught The Raccoon
It may take a while to catch the raccoon, which means that you should check the cage trap once or twice a day. Doing so will also make sure that you know when it’s been caught so that you can release it back into the wild. It will also make sure that the pest doesn’t die of starvation or dehydration if you wait too long to check.
Once the raccoon has been caught, you should place a blanket over the cage so that it can’t scratch you when you’re lifting it. If possible, you should also check to see if the pest has nipples. If they do, then they could be a mother and may have babies, which means that they could come back.
It will also mean that you may have to find these children and relocate them alongside the mother. When you do so, you should always move them at least ten miles away from your home. This should make sure that the raccoons will not come back to your house.
In many states, trapping can be illegal, which means that you may need to look up your area’s relevant laws. If it is against the law, then you’ll need to hire a professional to take care of the problem for you. However, you’ll still be able to implement each of the other steps above.
I’ve found that each of the above steps can be quite effective at keeping raccoons out of my house. As such, you should be able to avoid getting a raccoon infestation by using them. While the best way to make sure that you don’t get an outbreak is prevention, many of us may not have put too much thought into this when we should have.
Though it’ll take a certain amount of time to get rid of the raccoons, this will save you a significant amount of money in preventing the damage that they can often be responsible for. Once you’ve gotten rid of them, it’s highly recommended that you implement each of the preventative measures so that you don’t have to get rid of them again.
What do you think of each of the tips and tricks to get rid of raccoons? Has there been anything that helped you get rid of them and avoid them? Let us know in the comments below!