Deterring Raccoons from Your Property

Everyone can have a hand in keeping raccoons out of their homes.  They will always look for a warm place where food is easily accessible.

Should you ever notice a raccoon that is active during the day or appears unwell, moves erratically or is not afraid of you call the non-emergency police number as it may have rabies.

Here are a few tips to keep them out of YOUR home:

  • Block off any areas you feel raccoons may be able to enter your home.  They can fit through holes and cracks in your chimney, attic vents and surprisingly even the seams along your roof and baseboards!  The best way to block such areas is with sheet metal or heavy screening.  You may want to contact a professional to do this for you.
  • Keep your garbage lids on tight.  Raccoons can easily move loose or broken lids because they have opposable thumbs!  Use garbage cans with lids that lock or clamp or keep your bins in a secure building.
  • Keep your pet food dishes inside the house.  If you feed your pets outside, feed them during the day and move their dishes inside at night.  Raccoons will eat your pets’ food at night and they don’t mind fighting your cat or dog for it!
  • Keep your compost pile covered and unaccessable to raccoons.
  • Plant cucumbers in your garden and adjacent to fencing as these critters can’t tolerate the smell of cucumbers.
  • Raccoons love to live in water bodies, so take care that you cover your swimming pool at night.

Here’s what DOESN’T work – just in case you were wondering:

  • Scaring raccoons with light, noise or water.  While bright lights, clanging noises or spraying water may be a temporary solution raccoons are persistent and this will only work until the raccoon becomes accustom to the light, noise and/or finds a way around the water-sprayer.
  • There is some evidence that moth balls may keep raccoons away from enclosed spaces within you house – however the objective is to keep them OUT of your house in the first place!  Placing mothballs at possible entry points may be helpful.

In some cases raccoons may need to be trapped.  This is when it’s best to contact a wildlife professional as traps must be humane and trap the animal without harming it. Don’t forget you can call us at 519-421-2677 if you’re having a wildlife problem in Oxford County, Woodstock, London, Brantford, Hamilton, Milton, Mississauga and Brampton areas.