Home & Lawn Pest Control : How to Keep Raccoons Out of a Trash Can


Hi I’m Jim Harmon with California Pest Management
here in sunny Southern California. We are going to talk a little bit today about how
to keep those pesky raccoons out of your trash. The first thing you obviously don’t want to
leave your trash can out without a top on it. This is inviting. Why are they looking?
Because they are looking for food because they are basically a little bit on the lazy
side and we have set a smorgasbord out with our trash so you definitely don’t want to
have a trash can without a lid on it. Put a top on it that seals tightly and you’re
doing pretty good. Now this is plastic and they can still chew through this. The good
metal cans and you have a metal top, here is a little trick, put a bit of a very small
hose all the way around the inside lip and that gives it a nice tight seal. Now if you
have got a real obnoxious raccoon a bungie chord helps too. Place this on each side,
wrap it around and there is good luck getting that off. Those are your main things. Now
the other option you have is to get your trash cans up a little bit off. Now raccoons still
will jump up but you want to make it a little more difficult for them. The harder you make
it for them the more work they have to get to get to their food and the less likely you
will have them doing it. I’m Jim Harmon with California Pest Management and hopefully that
will keep them out of your trash cans. Thank you.

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