What attracts raccoons?
Like majority of other rodents, raccoons are attracted to spots that
provide safe shelter, food and water-and there are plenty of those
in human neighborhoods.
With easily accessible food source from garbage cans and dumpsters
and secluded attics, basements, chimneys, sheds and under the porch
areas, human homes are perfect attraction for raccoons. They eat
different types of foods, such as fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat and
will do lots to get to the food. They are smart animals, so if your
garbage bins and dumpsters aren't firmly closed, you ill quickly
have raccoons as unwanted guests, because they will happily forage
through your garbage.
Since raccoons are naturally living in forests, they like secluded
locations as their shelters, such as attics, chimneys, sheds, area
under the porch. Raccoons are primarily nocturnal animals so you
will not easily see them during the day.
If you want to get rid of the raccoons, it is important to firmly
seal all the entrances to your home to prevent them from getting to
their shelter as well as to the food source. Additionally, source of
fresh water is also important, so it is necessary to always move
away food and water containers you put on the porch for your pets.
Make sure to clear away water puddles that create under the drains.
Make sure to firmly close garbage bins and dumpsters and also first
put away food remains in a bag that prevents smells from spreading
(because smells will attract raccoons).
Fish pond on your yard will attract raccoons because this is source
of fresh food and fresh water. In this sense, it is necessary to
fence off the fond with metal railings or even a fence that runs
electricity so that raccoons are strongly discouraged from trying to
get to the fish pond.
Since raccoons are private animals that don't like bright light and
noise, having a security lights around your home is another way to
discourage them from becoming your regular nuisance. Put lights
around the garbage bins and dumpsters and this might discourage them
from getting to them in effort to get to food.
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