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Animal Damage from Racoons: How to Prevent It

By On October 23, 2011 No Comments

Racoons may be admired for their intelligence and cleverness, but it is these qualities that can help them damage your home considerably, sometimes, even beyond repair. The damage that is caused can be costly. Racoons are medium sized animals with an ideal weight between 12 and 20 lbs which makes it difficult to get rid of them. Add to that, their intelligence and ability to move fast; this can cause more problems. So how do you make your house safe from these nocturnal animals?

Racoons are known to make their places of refuge in attics, roofs and chimney and even in places like bedrooms which
are often uninhabited. Since they have sharp paws that can rip open cans, door latches, jars etc, just patching the entry hole to prevent them from coming out of their dens will not work. You have to remove every possible trace of raccoon including their fur and feces (both while ingested can cause organ malfunction, loss of muscle control and even death) and seal the entire building from any future entry. This is likely going to require you to hire a specialty cleaning company that handles repairs to homes from animal damage.

Look out for baby raccoons; they are mostly found between March and June, the time when mother raccoons give birth and raise their children under a house, in an area that is drier than rest of the places. If you find a litter of baby raccoons, it is better to wait for about eight weeks till they are young adults.

Close the chimney by putting a chimney cap. Racoons usually enter the chimney thinking it is a big hollow tree, to give birth to their young. Block such areas that allow entry to the mother raccoons. Trash cans, can be moved to an indoor area like garage. Racoons also enter along the tree branches that give them access to the roof and other parts of the house.

Do not keep pet food outside; this is like an open invitation. Feed food and water to your pets indoors. You can use a quarter inch hardware cloth to cover attic vents. Put a porcupine wire around the edges of the roofs, downspouts in order to thwart the entry of the raccoon along the roof. You can also keep a 1 inch space between the points of each row. You can also douse 2 o 3 tennis balls with ammonia and throw them at the place where the mother raccoon is nesting its young. The smell of ammonia will make their existence unlivable and they will soon relocate to another place.

Check with a local wildlife can rescue group and find out if they can be of aid to flush out raccoons from your house. Go through the laws in your state before trying to trap these animals because in some states, it is illegal to do so. So it is better to get in touch with an animal control organization to find out the right line of action to take.