Raccoon Control & Removal Services of Hollywood Florida Pest Control
Raccoons are interesting creatures that intrigue humans because of their sharp intelligence. They are not considered strictly friends or enemies, because they have their benefits and drawbacks too. However, their disadvantages outweigh their benefits.
How to Identify a Raccoon?
They have furry coats in brown-gray ringed tails. They have a visible black mask across their eyes. Raccoons’ ears are pointed while their paws look like human hands. They measure approximately 3 feet long and weigh between 10 and 30 pounds. They are mammals and eat both animal-based and plant-based diets.
Benefits of Raccoons
While it is not advisable to leave a raccoon untreated, it might actually offer some benefits to your yard. Considering that they prefer a variety of foods, they help keep garden free of pests. For instance, they will eat wasp larvae and small rodents.
Drawbacks of Raccoons
Raccoons pose great danger to you and your family. Considering that they do not fear people, they cause significant damage. Raccoons are disease carriers, such as rabies, parvo virus, fleas and roundworms. These diseases cause considerable damage to humans and pets. The pests might also feast on your kitchen garden, consequently causing great mess and destruction.
How to Control Raccoons
1. Protect your trash3>
Raccoons love getting into garbage cans, so one of the best ways of controlling them is to keep them out of the cans. They will not have a reason to leave if you are feeding them constantly. To start with, buy some solid metal trashcans, a cinder block and some bungee chords. Although this might seem hard to do, you need to cover up your garbage, tie up the lid, and put the cinder block at the top every nighttime. You may also use the ropes and blocks on a city-provided trash bin.
2. Make the raccoons feel unwelcome3>
Putting up a fence is an excellent way of keeping raccoons out of your compound. Unfortunately, they are great at climbing, so it has to be an electric fence. Most fences can become electrifying by simply adding a strand of wire and connecting it to a pulsating fence charger. This method can also be used around your garden, shrubs, fish ponds and trees. The only difference is that such applications might require two wire strands.
3. Keep the yard tidy and free of raccoon fodder3>
If there isn’t food in your yard, the raccoons will not have much reason to come around. Avoid leaving pet food lying around in the yard. Raccoons love such foods. Also, if you have fruit trees in your compound, make sure you rake all the fallen fruits. If you allow them to lie on the ground and rot, the fragrance will attract raccoons.
4. Use scare tactics3>
You can use the devices designed to scare away animals. The only issue with this strategy is that raccoons are very smart, so they might not fall for this trick. The best way around this is to keep exchanging the scare traps such that the raccoons are not accustomed to one trap.
A good raccoon trap is by far the best solution for raccoon removal. Just remember that trapping the pests is illegal in most states, so ensure that your state allows this. When picking a trap, go for one that measures 12 inches by 12 inches by 32 inches. It should also be solidly constructed. Considering that raccoons can eat anything, you have a wide choice or baits. Cat food and tuna are ideal, but you might find your neighbor’s cat in the trap. Most fruits can do the job too.
Note that trapping is not exactly a DIY project, so you might require an expert for this. Consider hiring a reputable Hollywood Florida Pest Control company.
What to Do if You have a Raccoon in your Chimney or Attic
Raccoons enjoy staying in nice, dry and warm places like holes, trees, and hollow logs. That is why they like entering into attics and chimneys. If you have this pest up there, you need to hire a professional raccoon remover before they do irreversible damage. Raccoons do not just pee and poop up there, but they also wreck screens, make holes and ruin insulation. Contact Hollywood Florida Pest Control at (954) 361-6126 for professional services. They will take care of the raccoon problem within no time.
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