Get Them Removed
Pest control firms must follow the provincial law that protects
wildlife such as raccoons, squirrels and skunks from harm — even when
they cause homeowner havoc.
Wildlife technicians are specially trained in raccoon removal and
prevent undue stress or injury to the animals. This is also a practical
and economical approach. The inhumane killing, trapping or relocation of
raccoons is illegal. Removing raccoon mothers leaves the babies to die
in your building. The removal of carcasses is time consuming, costly and
poses a health risk.
As they can climb up quickly and have an outstanding memory, it is not
an easy thing to remove raccoons from your house. They are not easily
frightened. So, chasing will do no good. However, the use of homemade
raccoon repellent is a perfect remedy to stop their destructive
activities. A common homemade raccoon repellent can be made by boiling
Tabasco brand sauce and adding some flakes of chili, sticky dish
detergent used in washing, cayenne pepper and a gallon water with it.
All the ingredients are cheap and environment—friendly. After the
preparation is done, spray that anywhere where you don’t want raccoons.
Discourage Them from Making Your Home
Another raccoon repellent home remedy is to use substances having toxic
odors of high degree. As ammonia has a strong smell which is pungent
enough to irritate the raccoons, you can use that as raccoon repellent
home remedy. Raccoons have very sensitive noses, lungs and eyes. So they
can not stand those odors.
You just need to take a piece of cloth and
soak it deeply in ammonia and keep that in the trash cans, garbage drums
or inside the chimney. Remember that there should not be any air to
carry the smell out making it highly toxic.
Here are some things that works ...
Raccoon Proof Your Home
You may want to contact a professional for advice, or
raccoon-proof your home yourself:
Cover up potential entrances, such as uncapped chimneys, loose shingles
and openings in attics, roofs and eaves. If you’re not sure where
raccoons are getting in, sift flour around potential entrances and check
for footprints later. You can also stuff a rag or ball of paper in a
suspect hole and check later to see if it has been removed.
Make a raccoon den unlivable. Sprinkle moth balls around the area or
hang ammonia-soaked cotton rags near the entrance and keep the area
brightly lit. Raccoons dislike loud noises, bright lights, and strong
smells. Use the same methods in your garden or in the area where you
keep your garbage or composter. Warning: Both moth balls and ammonia can
be toxic to humans or pets if too much is used in a confined space from
which pets and children are not excluded (such as a garage or garden
Always cover composters and garbage cans. Use a bungie cord or a heavy
weight to keep the lid in place.
Make sure that bird feeders, especially suet feeders are on slippery
poles or on wires which raccoons cannot climb.
Make sure that all raccoons or other animals have left before sealing up
holes in any part of the building. This is especially important between
May and July when there may be young.
Block the entrances to a raccoon den once you are sure that all animals
have left. You can use sheet metal. Repair siding and holes in
buildings, and use heavy rustproof screening to cover open-air vents or
Trim all overhanging tree branches or any other structure that animals
might use to get on to the roof of a residence or detached building.
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