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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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