Raccoons are a common problem for Massachusetts homeowners, whether they reside in rural, urban, or suburban settings. These preventive tips can ward off raccoon infestations and protect against the spread of serious diseases to humans and pets.
Keeping the trash secure is the best way to keep raccoons away from a home. Residents should store garbage and compost in tightly sealed containers to avoid attracting these mammals. Bungee cords can help keep lids in place. Cans can also be stored in a garage or shed that’s tightly locked. Broken or cracked trashcan lids can easily be accessed by these dexterous creatures.
Keep Pet Food Indoors
Since pet food is appealing to raccoons, it’s best to not keep it outside. Also, it’s a good idea for pet owners to bring food and water dishes inside to avoid attracting raccoons that may even attack resident dogs and cats for a meal.
Prevent Access to Shelter
Raccoons will nest in dark, secluded areas where they can sleep during the day before hunting at night. Homeowners should seal off access to places where raccoons could reside or enter the home, such as spaces under the porch, chimneys, or attic doors. Gaps along the roof can also provide entry for these creatures.
Fence Off Gardens
Raccoons will gladly eat fruits and vegetables. Families who keep a garden should install a fence that keeps these pests out. Efforts to reduce insects that feed on plants may help, since grubs and other bugs are also on the raccoon menu.
Install Bright Lights
Spotlights in the yard can scare away shy raccoons. Many homeowners find success with solar-powered versions that illuminate at night. North East Wildlife Management can help Massachusetts homeowners who are struggling with a raccoon infestation despite these tips. Send us a message online or call (781) 562-9659 for same-day service, including 24-hour emergency visits for raccoon removal.