How to Stop Raccoons From Getting Into Your Trash

Raccoons may seem cute, but they can become a big nuisance if they get into your trash cans. Fortunately, there are several ways to get them to stop digging around your garbage. Here are a few raccoon prevention methods to keep the nuisance critters away from your trash.

Raccoon Removal and Prevention Tips 

  • Secure Your Bin – The easiest way to prevent a break-in is to tighten your security. Keep trash cans inside and only move it out to the curb right before pickup. Consider keeping it in your garage instead of your yard. If you have to store trash outside, seal your cans with a lockable lid or strap it closed.

  • Remove the Smell – Raccoons rely on their sense of smell to lead them to food. They’re often drawn to trash because they can smell it. An easy raccoon removal trick is to regularly clean out your garbage cans with a pressure washer and bleach. If they can’t smell it, raccoons won’t be attracted to your trash and will leave it alone.

  • Scare Them Off – While raccoons can make themselves look scary if rabid or cornered, they’re easily frightened and often run if they think they’re in trouble. Repellants like motion-activated lights or sprinklers will startle raccoons once they’re approached. Other raccoon repellents scented with ammonia will make them think there’s a predator around and keep them at bay.

  • Rely on Raccoon Removal Experts – If these pesky critters still won’t go away, you may be tempted to get rid of them yourself. However, you should leave raccoon removal to the experts. A wildlife removal professional will know how to handle wild animals like raccoons and use the proper methods and techniques to remove them safely and humanely.

Professional Raccoon Prevention and Removal Services

Whether you have an existing raccoon problem or want to prevent one from starting, the professionals at Critter Control® of Polk County are here to help. Our licensed and trained technicians use safe and eco-friendly techniques to remove unwanted wildlife and prevent them from returning. To schedule your inspection and receive a free raccoon removal estimate, call Critter Control® of Polk County today at 863-204-2815.


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