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Self help- Raccoon

Raccoons in the crawl space or attic

As subdivisions and industrialization grows animals are finding new places to call home. Raccoon often find crawl spaces and attics to be very cozy homes. Raccoons are very inteligent and will find access in alomst any building either through vent screens, loose boards, it doesn't matter.

To begin your exclusion, you will want to inspect your entire home for entry points and potentail entry points. It may not be open yet, but if it is loose or broken, they will make a new entry point for themselves. then you must seal up all the entry points except the most used. Place a one way door over the last hole to allow the raccoon to get out but not back inside. For raccoons it is very important that your door be very strong because they have very nimble fingers that can open most things.

Raccoons coming up to house

Raccoons will continue to come up to a house or porch where food is set out for other animals. The food must be brought in and the routine changed for at least a week or longer before the raccoon will stop depending on the site as a food stop. Raccoons travel habitually in an area looking for food and can travel 5 miles a night. They may visit a site nightly or only every 2 or 3 nights a week. You will have to be patient and wait for the raccoon to break his habit.

Raccoon in yard or digging in flowers
Raccoons that are digging in your lawn are usually looking for bugs that live in the grass and dirt. Bright lights, Milky Spore (which kills the grubs in the lawn), or loud music will help deter them from continuing to dig in your lawn.

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