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Raccoon infestation problems can escalate very quickly in homes and result in many forms of damage to structures, raise electricity issues as well as health and hygiene concerns among others. Furthermore, being creatures of habit, once raccoons discover and infiltrate your home, they will keep coming back and even spread news of the conducive habitation with their scents that attract other critters in the neighborhood. Talk about love in sharing!
Most of the problems caused by raccoon infestation in houses are actually preventable, plus many home owners are guilty of inadvertently inviting these nuisance visitors by their own actions or inactions. Raccoons are foraging animals and the singular thing that makes them seek out your yard is food. Once there is a steady supply of food in your yard, they are quick to invite themselves in by any small opening in your structure. In order to deter raccoons from sharing your home with you, you must first and foremost stop feeding them.
The best preventive measures to keep raccoons away from your house are usually centered around removing food sources and blocking all potential entry points in your structure.
Whatever you do, avoid confrontations with any raccoon discovered on your property, do not attempt to tackle them or physically chase them. A cornered raccoon may defend itself by attacking humans or pets, and may inflict injury or worse, transfer disease-carrying parasites. Female raccoons with young are especially aggressive as they will protect their babies against any threat.
Of particular danger, are raccoons that are active during the day, move erratically, or aren't afraid of humans. These patterns of behavior are common symptoms of the zoonotic brain disease - rabies. If you suspect there is a rabid raccoon on your property, immediately call your local wildlife control.
The most effective way to bar raccoons from gaining access onto your property is to install high fences, which is rarely anybody’s preference for their residential space. In the absence of this, you may call in professional wildlife handlers to inspect and proof your house against raccoon entry; or undertake your house-proofing by yourself by combining the above tips that are applicable to your situation.
Go back to the Raccoon Removal page. Or, you can read about how to get raccoons out of the attic since that is where they commonly live, or you can read my general how to get rid of raccoons guide. I do not advocate killing these animals. Read why on my how to kill a raccoon page. Often the best method is trapping and removal read about raccoon trapping tips here. Many people ask about what bait to use for raccoons if catching them in a cage. Or better yet, prevention is often the best approach. I have listed several techniques for how to keep raccoons away. If you don't know for sure that it is a raccoon, but you have fecal evidence, you might want to look at my raccoon poop photos. And remember, there is no effective raccoon repellent. So if you have a problem with these animals, you will have to do the work necessary or hire a professional.