Have you ever woken up in the morning to find your trashcan knocked over and trash strewn across your driveway? Your most likely suspects are raccoons.
These highly smart and curious animals are extremely dexterous. They can use their front paws like hands. Why does that fact matter? It means they can cause some serious damage and easily remove garbage can lids, even if they’re tightly sealed. Do you dread trash days because you wake up to a messy driveway or lawn? These 6 simple tips might help you overcome your trash day fears of a messy trash-strewn property.
Here are 6 easy tips to keep raccoons away from trash:
- Change Your Routine. – Are you putting your trash out in the evenings? Consider taking a few extra minutes and putting it out the morning of your trash pick up instead. These little trash pandas are most active at night. This, in turn, means they’re most likely to try and get into your trash in the evenings. Taking this small step can save you a lot of frustration and the time you spend picking up the trash the raccoons have thrown around.
- Trash Can Placement. – Do you keep your trash cans outside all the time, instead of storing the cans in your garage? Placement can be key for keeping raccoons out. This Dallas pest control company suggests that homeowners without enclosed garages should secure trash cans and their lids with bungee cords to prevent any tipping.
- Lighting. – Sudden light can startle raccoons. Consider adding a motion sensor flood light within the line of sight of your cans. Unfortunately, raccoons are smart and pick up quickly that they’re not threatened and no harm will come to them. Because of this, this method is a short-term solution.
- Cleanliness of Trash Cans. – How often do you clean your trash cans? It’s extremely important to clean and disinfect your trash cans regularly to keep the smell at bay. This makes the smell less appealing to raccoons. This also makes the smell much more pleasant for you. Raccoons find ammonia an extremely offensive smell, consider using that as a trash can cleaner.
- Natural Raccoon Deterrents. – As mentioned above, raccoons find the smell of ammonia extremely offensive. Predator urine is also a smell that will deter raccoons. You can find this at most sporting goods stores or online retailers. You can place this around your trash cans or at the entrance of their den entrance to trick them into thinking the area is soiled.
- Hire A professional. – Raccoons are difficult to handle and if they get into your home, they present a danger to you and your family. While these tips are helpful, it’s not a replacement for an expert.
There are many DIY remedies to be found in controlling raccoon infestations. However, the best way is always calling a professional with the expertise and proper tools to remove any raccoons from your property. At ASAP Wildlife Removal we’re a one-stop solution to any raccoon or animal infestation you might have. We’ll safely and humanely remove any raccoons or any other unwanted nuisance animals you might have.
If you have a raccoon problem in your home or business, there’s no time to wait. Give the trained professionals at ASAP Wildlife Removal a call.