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Raccoons are smart, interesting animals to watch from a distance. However, they are definitely not people-friendly. Raccoons can be a nuisance because they rummage through garbage, ruin gardens and lawns, do structural damage to homes, eat bird seed and pet food, and spread diseases to humans and pets. You won’t have to put up with those destructive raccoons forever. Our company, On Demand Pest Control, helps Broward, Miami, and Collier County residents and business owners by eliminating raccoons from their properties. Our best advice for getting rid of raccoons is detailed here.

How to Tell You’ve Got a Raccoon Problem

Since they are exclusively nocturnal, raccoons are only seen at night. This makes it tricky to notice their presence.
Raccoons often leave telltale signs of their presence, so it’s important to examine these indicators closely.
We suggest keeping a watch out for the following:

Proof of raccoon feeding. Raccoons are notoriously unhygienic eaters that leave a trail of food debris wherever they go. Additionally, damage to your grass or garden, an empty pet food bowl that has been relocated, spilt, or tampered with, damaged compost piles, and broken or missing bird feeders are all telltale symptoms of a raccoon infestation.

Tracks. Raccoon and possum footprints are virtually identical. Raccoons, like humans, walk flat footed. They also have claws on each and every one of those toes. Raccoon tracks, in contrast to deer tracks, travel in a diagonal manner. Their front footprints are about 2 to 3 inches broad, while their back footprints are about 3 to 4 inches in length.

Droppings. Raccoon poop is a fractured or rounded cylinder. The animals’ diets affect their appearance, but they are typically dark. The poop often has berry seeds in it and sometimes shows traces of litter.

Strange sounds. Unexplained noises could come from the area late at night. Mewing, whistling, and snarling are just some of the sounds a raccoon might produce.
Raccoon signals might vary widely, but acting quickly is essential in any case.

Raccoons can cause a lot of damage, and putting off taking care of an infestation only makes things worse.


How to Get Rid of Raccoons Humanely & Naturally

Below are some suggestions for dealing with a raccoon infestation and permanently eliminating raccoons:

In the attic

You probably have a mother raccoon and her young in your attic. Females hunting for a nesting spot can remove the facia boards and vents on a building.
Take these measures to get rid of a raccoon in the attic:


Under the house or deck

Repeatedly, a mother raccoon with young is the most likely to be found under a deck or home.

Taking precautions to avoid leaving their young behind is essential as January through June is when most raccoon mothers give birth.

Following are a few suggestions:


In your yard or garden

Raccoons are usually on the hunt for food when they decide to make your yard or garden their new home.

As an example, raccoons digging for grubs may tear up landscaping and flowers to get to the soil, where they can feast.
The cost to repair your lawn, trees, and bushes could easily reach into the thousands.

What follows are some suggestions for dealing with raccoons in your outside space:


On the roof

Even though it‘s unsettling to discover a raccoon on your roof, it‘s really rather frequent because raccoons are skilled climbers.

Raccoons can do a lot of damage to your roof if they decide to make it their home. They can tear up your shingles, get into your chimney or vents (posing a fire risk), and more.

Some clever approaches to eliminating them are as follows:

In your walls

If a raccoon has made its way into your home, you know how fast the issue can escalate into a worrisome one. Raccoons in the attic or walls can cause a lot of problems, including noise and damage to your insulation and electrical systems.

Methods for removing a raccoon from a wall:


At the bird feeder

It may seem like an uphill battle to figure out how to discourage raccoons from raiding your bird feeders. Given their size, climbing skills, and dexterity with their hands, they can reach almost any birdfeeder.

You can prevent raccoons from visiting your feeders.

Specifically, we suggest the following:


In the chimney

Because raccoons often use highly combustible items for nesting and bedding, having one in your chimney can be quite dangerous.

So, what can be done to deter raccoons?

The following are some methods for removing raccoons from your chimney:


In your chicken coop

Raccoons are notorious fowl killers that will go to great lengths to break into a chicken coop.

Here are some ways to protect your chickens against raccoons:


In a tree

It’s possible that a single raccoon on a tree won’t cause too much trouble, but an entire colony definitely will.

How to get rid of raccoons in a tree:

How to Deter Raccoons: 9 DIY Control Methods

Do you wish there was a humane way to get rid of the raccoons in your yard?

Here are nine safe and affordable ways of keeping raccoons away from your home:

  1. A motion-activated sprinkler is a great way to keep raccoons out of your garden or yard. If a raccoon is detected, the sprinkler will spray it with a burst of water.
  2. Non-lethal ultrasound deterrents are an effective method of removing raccoons from your property. These devices are small, inexpensive, and unobtrusive, and they employ sound and/or light to frighten away raccoons.
  3. Raccoons can find plenty of food in garbage cans. Keep them covered. Use a sturdy can and lid that securely snaps on. It is preferable to store garbage cans in a garage or shed.
  4. Invest in some rodent-proof garbage can liners. These bags are infused with essential oils with strong odors, such as camphor and mint. The scent will safely deter the raccoons from your trash cans.
  5. Raccoons are scared away by strong odors, such as pepper. A gallon of water, hot sauce, plus a few drops of liquid dish soap makes a potent solution. Spray in areas where raccoons have been seen.
  6. Raccoons are repelled by the odor of ammonia. Place bowls of ammonia or soaked rags near their points of entry or place of activity. 
  7. Take away the bird and pet food. Food left outside for animals or birds should be carried inside every night.
  8. Fencing off vital locations using electric fences. Two wires, one 6 inches off the ground and one 12 inches off the ground. This is a safe way to prevent raccoons from wreaking havoc.
  9. Although raccoons may be endearing to look at and may even be convincing beggars, never feed them. Feeding one will just lead to additional raccoons in the area.


How do Pest Management Experts Get Rid of Raccoons?

Raccoon removal is sometimes a chore for a professional wildlife control service. Here are some ways in which our team may assist you:


Are Raccoons Taking Over Your Florida Property? We’re Here to Help!

Tired of raccoons causing problems on your property? We have a team ready to assist you.

On Demand Pest Control provides extensive raccoon control services, utilizing a wide range of environmentally friendly methods to exterminate raccoons and restore your yard.

We provide our services to both commercial and residential clients in the Southwestern and Southeastern regions of Florida.