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Tips to Keep Raccoons Away

Raccoons are very smart pests. They have incredible strength with their human like hands. Here are some tips to keep them away from your home.

1. The Outside Garbage Can Your outside garbage can is a buffet for a raccoon. All they have to do is knock it over to get the lid off and they are set to eat. Keeping the garbage cans inside your shed or garage until garbage day will help prevent raccoons from getting inside them. You can also lock the lid using a bungee cord so the lid will not come off even when the knock the cans over.

2. Keep Pet Food Away Make sure you clean up any pet food that is outside for your pets. This includes any bird seed or birds and squirrels. Once raccoons find a reliable food source, they will stay around the location to continue to eat. When your pets are finished eating, pick up their bowls instead of leaving them lying around.

3. Entry Points to Gain Access Into Your Home A raccoon only needs 4 inches in diameter to enter your home. This could be through a vent or hole in your attic. Remember, they are very strong and can even tear an opening through your siding or soffit. Seal any holes that you find around your home.

If you see evidence of a raccoon snooping around your home, give Elite Wildlife Removal a call at 804-867-7184. If a raccoon has already gotten into your home, we do a thorough inspection to determine the entry areas and seal them to prevent further re-entry. Then we work side by side with you during the remediation process to clean up their mess. If you just want to do raccoon prevention to ensure no raccoons can gain access into your home, we will be more than happy to help you as well.

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