Nothing will wake up a homeowner faster than hearing their trash can knocked over. After dark, noises like this are not welcome and are usually caused by wildlife pests. One wildlife pest that causes trouble for Plano homeowners is the raccoon. If you are looking for ways to keep raccoons from your property and out of your trash, here are things to consider.
Why Do Raccoons Like To Hang Around Yards?
Most wildlife creatures are timid about spending extended time on area properties. They might wander through yards or nibble on plants from time to time, but they pose no real threat to property. Raccoons are a bit different.
Because they come out at night and eat a wide range of food, they are more motivated to spend time near your home. Raccoons are also incredibly smart, brave, and arrogant. They don't think twice before crawling into dumpsters and digging around for food. The only problem is that sometimes they do not think ahead to how they might get back out.
Diseases Spread By Raccoons
Raccoons are like rodents because they eat nasty things and pick up harmful bacteria, pathogens, and parasites. The most significant difference between these two pests is that rodents often live indoors while raccoons usually take shelter outside. With this in mind, you can get sick from raccoons by interacting with their fecal droppings or if you're bitten. Like other area wildlife, raccoons can carry rabies. If a raccoon is acting odd or aggressive, keep your distance as it might be infected. Finally, raccoons can transport fleas and ticks. These smaller pests are a huge medical threat to both people and pets and can find their way indoors with the right help.
Effective Raccoon Prevention Tips
If you are tired of hearing your trash cans knocked over in the middle of the night and need ways to keep raccoons off your property, we recommend starting with some DIY wildlife pest control tips. Here are a few wildlife pest control measures our team recommends following:
- Keep your grass cut short.
- Trim back bushes and other greenery away from your home's exterior.
- Make sure all your trash cans have tight-fitting lids and durable exteriors.
- Eliminate sources of water build-up around your property.
- Clean out your gutters once a year and make sure they are in good condition.
- Repair or replace protective screening around your home and outdoor lounging areas.
- Make sure your outbuildings are pest-proof.
- Reduce clutter around your property.
- Avoid feeding your pets outdoors and clean out their bowls before going to bed at night.
Most importantly, contact the professionals at DANCAN The Pest Control Expert for raccoon prevention services.
The Safest Way To Keep Raccoons Away
If you don't have the time, energy, or motivation to prevent raccoons on your own or need a reliable way to keep wildlife pests off your Plano property, trust the experts at DANCAN The Pest Control Expert. We offer comprehensive wildlife trapping and local wildlife removal services to help our community fight back against invasive pests like raccoons.
Our wildlife management plans can be custom fit to handle your property's individual needs. We also offer emergency services. If you feel your health is at risk because of a wild animal inside or near your home, let us know immediately.
Call today to schedule a service visit or to ask questions about our wildlife management options.