Spring has nearly arrived in Colorado and across the US and what this means for homeowners is the increased potential for confronting a raccoon on or around you property. Raccoons typically chum during the cold months and give birth to their litters in early spring, just in time for the better weather.
The natural environment of raccoons are wooded areas near streams and lakes but due to land development as well as the plethora of food sources and shelter they have started encroaching on urban and suburban communities in Denver, Fort Collins and other cities and cities throughout the country. Below you'll find useful advice on the best way to dump raccoons as well as the simplest way to deter them from invading your yard and home.
One of the major reasons raccoons will visit your home is for food. They don't seem to be picky eaters and will consume most anything they can find while scavenging in the nighttime hours. Your trash, garden, pet food and even bird seed will make a fine meal for these masked pests. Making sure your rubbish bins are firmly sealed or put away in a secured area that's not accessible to these critters can help as well as cropping your garden regularly and taking in your pet’s food and water at night.
While raccoons are wild animals they won't hesitate to den in manmade structures. Females particularly will search for warm shelter to incline their litters and protect them from predators. Attics, chimneys, crawlspaces and outbuildings are all ideal areas for raccoons to nest. They're mulish animals and will go so far as to break into a roof’s overhangs, thru shingles or vents and truly anywhere they can find a structural weakness. Keeping overhanging trees trimmed away from your home, sealing off any potential entry points and pet doors locked at night can help forestall raccoons from entering your home.
It's very important to understand that raccoons are wild animals and while they may appear harmless are dangerous to have around. They're known transmitters of rabies and other major diseases and have the capability to attack people and pets, especially if cornered. To guarantee your home and family is safe from raccoons the most best solution is to contact a professional pest control and wildlife removal company in your neighborhood. Trained raccoons consultants have the information and equipment to safely and effectively trap and remove raccoons without injuring themselves or the animal. Remember spring is the time of year when raccoon activity increases but you do not have to let them become a bother pest in or around your home.