Raccoons are probably one of the most tenacious and smart suburban critters that boast a wide range of acrobatic skills. The most crucial step when it comes to keeping raccoons out of your small business is to secure it from future raccoon invasions. The first step any business owner needs to undertake at this stage is to conduct a thorough inspection of the property’s exterior including the roof. Raccoons just like most critters are opportunistic animals and will take advantage of the minor structural weakness in your property to scratch, chew and force themselves in.
Every single structure is different; that is why it is important to have your home inspected by a qualified and experienced pest removal expert. A trained wildlife removal technician will be able to easily identify potential entry points and how best to secure them to protect your business. Raccoons are agile, intelligent and extremely determined creatures when it comes to finding a den.
Getting a good raccoon trap is by far your best bet when it comes to getting rid of raccoons on your own. It’s also important to note that raccoons are protected animals. Therefore, you need to contact your local authorities and check if they have any regulations on trapping raccoons. If you are sure you have raccoons in your attic, you will need to get rid of the babies first. It’s important to note that a raccoon in your attic is almost always a nesting female adult. Remove the baby raccoons by hand and use them as bait to trap the mother. Relocate the raccoons 10 miles close to the woods from where they were captured.
Securing your trash
One of the most common attractions for raccoons apart from nesting females looking for a den site is garbage. Raccoons love garbage, and they will do anything to forage through it. Raccoons will not stop invading your trash if they find a regular supply of food. Depending on where you store your garbage in your business premises, have them secured. Since raccoons can operate human mechanisms, it’s essential that you get a trash bin with a lockable feature or fasten it with a bungee cord. You could also double bag your garbage to mask the smell. It’s also important to practice good cleaning habits like always tiding up after meals.
Keep them off
A fence is a great way to keep raccoons out of your business. However, it’s important to note that raccoons are excellent climbers and a normal wall won’t keep them away. Investing in an electric fence is a much concrete plan. Any fence can be converted into an electric fence. The only thing you need to do is add a strand of wire eight inches above the ground and connect it to a pulsating fence charger.
You should only set the electrical feature at night to conserve energy since raccoons are nocturnal. Also clear out your bushes, wood piles, old logs or anything that raccoons can use for cover. Employing scare tactics such as using natural deterrents, motion sensing lights and sprinklers to scare away raccoons. Due to raccoon’s high adaptability, it’s essential that you employ a mix of these methods to keep them off completely. Raccoons will get used to light, water sprinklers, and even noises if the process is repeated several times.
If you have tried all these methods without success or you are unsure how to keep raccoons out of your business, contact your local wildlife company immediately. They will be in a better position to help you get rid of these pesky invaders.