Right, when it comes to actually, successfully managing to keep wild animals out of your garden or property, you’re going to need to be Doctor Doolittle, or have a fencing system that a prison would be impressed with. You are going to encounter wild animals from time to time, and especially more so with critters like the humble raccoon For years, it has suffered at the hands of humans destroying the places they would naturally call their homes, and as a result of this, has learned to live quite happily alongside humans. Now, they would even be classed as an urban creature. Isn’t that crazy?
Repelling animals very rarely works. The only really successful way to get rid of any wild animal you encounter is to trap it, and then to relocate it somewhere else. The only problem with this, is that things are rarely as easy as they sound, which is why we would always recommend giving the professionals a call first.
You’ll need a trap that’s big enough to hold a raccoon that could be twenty pounds in weight or bigger. You’ll need to position the trap in the right way, and make sure that you’ve put it in the right place to begin with. What’s the point in placing a trap in a spot the raccoon never ventures? It’ll never get caught!
You’ll also need to bear in mind things like what kind of bait to use, and what you are going to do with the animal once you’ve captured it. Depending on the state you live in, there are laws on killing wild animals which means your actions could be breaking the law, and this could land you in a whole world of hot water. It’s really not worth it.
When you’ve captured the animal, especially with ones like the raccoon, relocation is also going to pose somewhat of a problem. You’ll need tomato sure you’ve taken the animal somewhere safe, where it can survive, and where you’re not putting it in any direct danger, and it needs to be about fifteen miles away from your house too. That’s quite the drive just to re-home a wild animal, especially if you don't go far enough away and end up having the problem return.
We told you it would be easier just to call the professionals.
Going back to raccoon prevention tips, and many of the things that you will have encountered in the shops and online are totally bogus. That’s the bad news - things like sprays and powders, noise-makers, and light-devices; they don’t work. Well, that’s not strictly true. They might work for a little while but eventually the animal will get used to it, and in the end, you could even end up attracting more.
If it really was as simple as scattering some powder, or spraying some liquid around, don’t you think everyone would be doing it? Don’t you think the job of the pest and wild animal removal experts would be made obsolete? They’re very much not, just so you know. In fact, with all the weird and wonderful weather we’ve been having, we’ve never been so in demand.
Noise creating machines are often seen on the market to repel various creatures. You can get smaller ones for things like mice and rats, and bigger ones for animals like raccoons and opossums. Again, these rarely work, and can even cause you to be quite disliked in the neighborhood. Even though they are meant to emit noises that are inaudible to the human ears, some people can still hear them, and the noise is enough to drive you mad. If you’re getting funny looks from the people in the street, and you’ve just popped one of these devices your attic, it could be the reason.
Some people like to use sprinklers to keep wild animals at bay and again, this my work to a certain extent, but aren’t 100% guaranteed every time. Ones that are set off by a sensor are good because they shock the animal with a jet of water, but they can prove to be costly to run. If the sprinkler is on all summer, you’re going to be wasting a lot of water. Plus, you know this is just water, right? Animals need water to survive. They may even appreciate the cool summer shower you’ve just given them.
At the end of it all, the chances of your raccoon repellant working, whatever you have decided to try, are slim to none. The only successful way to get rid of animals like this is through trapping and relocation. There are things that you can do to help, such as making sure you don’t leave food uncovered, and making sure your garbage can has a lid that won’t come off so critters can’t get in, but at the end of the day, nothing is 100% foolproof.
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