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What do you know about raccoons?


The more you know about raccoons, the better prepared you’ll be when it comes to fending them off your property. Did you know they can weigh up to 35 pounds? These nocturnal animals often seek shelter indoors this time of year, and your property presents many opportunities. If left unattended, these varmints will cause damage and spread disease in your home.

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Temptations that will lure raccoons

  • Trash cans—hose out your trash cans every so often. Tip them upside down to get out excess water. Double bag your trash if you have meat in there and seal it tightly
  • Crumbs and food left out on your deck or patio are a surefire way to attract all kinds of wildlife
  • Pet food—store it inside the home or in a seal-tight container in the garage
  • Any sheltered area—yes, no matter how clean you are, raccoons will nest anywhere. Try shining bright light or creating a noise distraction. The ammonia-scent is another quick and easy deterrent.

Raccoons are omnivores that feed on a variety of food found in and around your home. They will even dig up your lawn in search of beetle grubs, causing damage.Food that raccoons eat include fruits and vegetables, insects, chickens, small mammals, and fish.

Nesting means trouble

Pregnant females will seek out shelter in places that may surprise you. Watch out—they may attack your pets if threatened. Places to check for include: garage, chimney, attic, under decks, any other access point three inches in diameter or larger.

Ways to deter raccoons

  • Add a little bleach or ammonia to your trash—the strong odor will keep these critters at bay
  • Clean up the areas around your home, including berries that may have fallen from trees on your property.
  • Seal your garbage cans tightly
  • Cap chimney flumes
  • Bring all pet food containers inside, especially at night

Call a professional!

If these simple tips aren’t working for you, never attempt wildlife removal on your own. Leave the trapping and relocation to us. Blue Chip has experience in pest control that uses infrared imaging and cellular monitoring to get the job done right. Call us today for more information!


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