Outdoor Pest Control: How To Keep Raccoons Away

There are few things scarier than when you look out your sliding glass window into the backyard and see two large raccoons staring back at you. Raccoons are not shy creatures. If they think you have food they can get to, they will welcome themselves onto your property and find what they can. Unfortunately, they can also be a major nuisance and do damage to your garden after tipping over your trash can. Here are some ways to keep them out of your yard.

Secure Your Garbage Cans

Just having a lid on the garbage cans isn't enough, since raccoons are smarter than that. They can lift some garbage can lids with their hands or tip over the entire can and let everything fall out. If you hear your cans tip over, it is likely a raccoon or other creature outside that has figured this out. However, hope is not lost. You might still be able to keep them out of the outside trash by securing the lid to the can. Either get a can that has a lid that locks in place or use a bungee cord to wrap around the lid and secure it to the can.

Avoid Leaving Pet Food Out

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is feeding your pets outside and leaving the leftover food on your patio or porch. This is tempting if your cat likes to spend time outdoors and you want to make sure it gets enough food, but a plate of cat food will attract raccoons. Don't be surprised if you go out to your patio and find a couple raccoons enjoying the cat's kibble. If you feed your pets outside, make sure that you remove the plate or food bowl and place it inside your home until feeding time in the morning. When raccoons can't find a food source, they won't bother you anymore.

Repel The Raccoons

There are also some ways to repel raccoons and deter them away from your property. One way to do this is by keeping your yard lit up all night long. Raccoons will usually sneak around at night when others can't see them. If you leave porch and patio lights on and have your backyard lit up, they might not bother you. Having loud sounds outside can also help to deter raccoons since they don't want to come around if they think people or animals are outside. Raccoons also don't like the smell of ammonia, so spreading some around certain areas of your property can keep them away.

If you are still having trouble with the raccoons, you can call a pest control company for assistance. Companies like Quality Exterminators Of Georgia Inc.