Home & Lawn Pest Control : How to Keep Raccoons Away

Hi, I’m Jim Harmon with California Pest Management
here in California and we’re going to talk today about how to keep raccoons out of your
yard and away from your house. Well the first thing that you have to understand is why they’re
over here anyway, they’re looking for a place to make a house and or food. So with those
two items and you understand that, then let’s first say let’s get rid of the food. So we
look over here, we got garbage sitting out open without a top on it, that’s just asking
for trouble, but even if we put a top on, this is a plastic can they can still get chew
through and they’ll get into it just like rats or any other animal. They want it, they’re
going to get it. Sometimes going to a metal can is going to help, but eliminate the food
source. That’s number one. If we get rid of that, they’re less likely to hang out. Now
many homeowners have aquascapes, they’re small ponds, koi ponds and such in their backyard.
Now it’s great for the house, it improves the value and it’s very serene and relaxing,
but unfortunately koi in a koi pond to a raccoon is a sushi bar. So you’ll be lucky to keep
them. That’s a whole different topic we’ll get to later. They like to wash their hands
and wash their food so having a small little bit of water source is just a perfect way
to entice them to come in to your backyard. So we have our trash and then we have our
water source, this is raccoon heaven. All we need now is a place to hang out. This is
also a smorgasbord salad bar for any raccoon that comes through the neighborhood. So you
just have to be aware and a lot of times you’re going to have to put chicken wire up around
your home garden and prevent the raccoons from getting into it. And sometimes even put
it on the top. OK now one of the other reasons why raccoons are going to come into your yard
is because they’re looking for grubs. If you’ve gotten your trash taken care of then the raccoons
coming in looking for food. Now this grass looks pretty nice but it’s got a lot of worms
and grubs underneath the soil layer that they’re going to be peeling this back and digging
in it just like a skunk or a possum would and then feeding on them. Best way to have
that solved is to get rid of the food source. Have a professional pest control company come
in and take care of the grubs that are inside the soil. Now one of the things in your house
when you’re looking around your yard, remember raccoons we’ve already talked about food and
water, now they’re going to be looking for a place to sleep and make their nest. Now
one of the things we always see is they’ll get up underneath crossed eaves here and if
there’s a little hole, they’ll open that up. I’ve seen them take roof shingles apart getting
into an attic space. Typically those are the wood shake shingles. And the next part would
be one your house itself. If you look up on the roof of this house, you see some vents.
Well those need to be screened in and the holes in the vents got to be small enough
that a raccoon will not be able to fit through there, you don’t want them getting in your
attic because the feces is very dangerous and a cornered raccoon is even more dangerous.
Now having nice, nice storage boxes, this is great, this is a plastic one. They can
chew into the side you’ll never know they’re there and then now they got a nice, safe,
secure condo. Now for the last tidbit, if you do have raccoons in your yard already
there, trapping is the best way to get them out. They truly love any kind of fruit, any
kind of trash, make sure you use the good hard trap, industrial strength. You can purchase
it at a hardware store or honestly, it’s much better just get a professional in and let
them do the work for you because you also have to relocate this animal very far away
and you have to make sure also that there’s no babies in the attic or in the wall where
that raccoon was living.

26 thoughts on “Home & Lawn Pest Control : How to Keep Raccoons Away

  1. Can you shoot them with a bbgun just to sting them, not to kill because Im aware of the raccoon season so killing them is out.

  2. lol i found one sleeping in a tree and we all grabbed our airsofts and bb's and shot at it for about an hour. Havent seen for 2 years

  3. i have 1-2 raccons weighing about 10 pounds maybe and they keep attacking my garbage -.- any suggestions?

  4. raccoons killed 90% of my koi, didn't even eat them. i see a raccoon, i'm putting a bullet in their bitchass.

  5. the dumb racoons around my house learned they better stay away from my cats and cat food or else they get hut over the head with a broom or a plant thrown at them, our stupid neighbors feed then so now their not afraid of humans and i have to litterly chase them off, i hate racoons….

  6. I have raccoons in my backyard all the time. When my parents and I sleep at night,we hear our garbage cans tip over and crash to the driveway where my dad's car is parked.

  7. Those traps dont work. I have 3 raccoons or more under my house, and they somehow figured out how to get the food out of the trap without getting into it. Those things are too smart.

  8. I have a shed that a racoon likes to poop all over the roof.  Any suggestions?  The shed is up against a fence and the racoon climbs the fence and goes up onto the shed.

  9. §465.5 (g)(1). Immediate Dispatch or Release.
    All furbearing and nongame mammals that are legal to trap must be
    immediately killed or released. Unless released, trapped animals shall
    be killed by shooting where local ordinances, landowners, and safety permit. This regulation does not prohibit employees of federal, state, or local government from using chemical euthanasia to dispatch trapped animals. Trapped animals must be euthanized or released immediately on site. Relocation of trapped wildlife is prohibited.

  10. I have a slew OF these bastards possibly 40 I'm not kidding. They are extremely deceptive they must communicate with the others I've seen 1. My insulation in the attic is all over the place (blown in) 3' thick therefore I never see them I just hear them. There entrance is completely hidden I'm at a loss as to how they do it. I use to have cats the raccoons would always eat the food however the cats are gone 4 years ago now it's just a den in my attic. I've puf traps outside and in the attic to no avail. This is crazy.

  11. Wrong I have a locking mechanism on my garage lid for months. one just got in my yard and messed up the mulch, brick, grass design. I’m Upset over that. It’s close to the air conditioning water tube and he would dig where the tube is to drink water, so I put a brick but it still dug on my design. At this point I’m going to have to trap it and figure out what to do with it. Sorry I’m not paying no “trapper” I’m not paying $150-$200 not going to happen. Not plausible for most people.

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