When you think of raccoons, you probably picture torn garbage and tipped trashcans. It’s common to assume that food is the main draw for these wild animals, but there are actually a lot of other factors that could contribute to your raccoon problem. To keep your property raccoon-free and your family safe, take a closer look at the clutter that raccoons typically cling to.
Why Are Raccoons Dangerous?
As common carriers of rabies, raccoons are a significant threat to everyone on your property. Although they are naturally shy critters, raccoons will quickly become comfortable with your home if there is easy access to food, water, and shelter. As soon as they feel threatened, however, they’ll turn to scratching or biting in self-defense. And while inside your home, raccoons may cause even more trouble by damaging insulation, ventilation, and even the electrical wiring that runs through your attic.
What Type of Clutter Attracts Raccoons?
Unfortunately, clutter both inside and outside your home can attract raccoons. Around your yard, debris can build up if you fall behind on weekly lawn care. Piles of leaves, fallen fruits from your garden, and branches hanging over the top of your roof all serve a purpose to raccoons looking for food and shelter. However, when it comes to the inside of your home, raccoons are typically attracted to food-specific clutter, such as pet food, grains, fruits, and anything else left out on the counter or hastily stored in the pantry.
How Can You Keep Raccoons Away?
Essentially, the best way to prevent a raccoon infestation is by keeping your home clean and clear of clutter. Here are some tips to help you tidy up your property — inside and out.
- Mow your yard at least every other week to maintain grass and remove fallen debris.
- Secure trashcans with bungee cords and empty them out weekly.
- Store your woodpiles far away from your home.
- Seal pet food in airtight containers and keep them off the ground.
- Annually inspect your attic and clear out empty boxes and newspapers as necessary.
- Store any of your leftovers in the fridge or durable, airtight containers.
Ft. Worth’s Raccoon Experts
If you’re not sure what is attracting raccoons to your home or property, trust the licensed animal experts at Critter Control® of Ft. Worth to figure it out. Our dedicated wildlife prevention team provides complete animal control, wildlife removal, and property repair solutions for your home or business. Call us today at 817-222-1101 for a free inspection.