How to Get Raccoons Out of Your House

If you’re hearing rustling near your garbage cans at night, there’s a good chance it’s a raccoon. Raccoons love nesting in homes and businesses because they provide a safe space with easy access to food and water. However, raccoons can become a nuisance by causing damage to your home’s structure and putting you at risk for several diseases, including rabies. Here are some effective ways to get raccoons out of your house.

Ways to Get Raccoons Out of Your House

  1. Make Noise

While raccoons may seem brave, they’re skittish and will run off at the sound of human voices. Playing a radio in your attic or basement deters raccoons because they no longer think it’s safe to live there. If you see the raccoon sneaking in or out of your house, making a sudden noise like blaring your car horn could also scare them off.

  1. Install Motion-Sensing Devices

Raccoons can also be scared off by sudden motions. Motion-activated lights or sprinklers can disrupt their late-night forage and startle them. They’ll be less likely to stick around if they don’t think it’s safe.

  1. Take Away Their Food Source

If there’s no food or water sources, raccoons will leave to find nourishment elsewhere. Tightly seal any garbage, and consider getting a lock or other seal around your trash can so raccoons can’t get in. Raccoons will also eat leftover pet food, so pick up your cat or dog’s food and water bowls when they’re not in use.

  1. Hire a Raccoon Removal Specialist

If these methods aren’t effective, your best option is to hire an expert to permanently remove the raccoon from your property. Wildlife removal professionals will be able to safely remove any nuisance wildlife and prevent them from returning.

Your Polk County Raccoon Removal Professionals

The experienced wildlife removal technicians at Critter Control® of Polk County will quickly remove nuisance raccoons and other unwanted wildlife from your property and keep them from coming back. At Critter Control® of Polk County, we use a four-step CritterSafe® process that is both efficient and environmentally friendly. Our four-step method includes:

  1. Inspection
  2. Removal
  3. Prevention
  4. Restoration

To schedule your inspection and receive a free estimate for our effective raccoon removal services, call Critter Control® of Polk County today at 863-204-2815.


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