What To Do About Raccoons Hanging Around Your Milwaukee Property
Have you ever looked at an animal and knew it was up to no good, like a cat standing next to a tippable glass of juice or a dog staring at the steak on your plate? The raccoon is one great example of a creature that is always looking to cause trouble. When these furry pests invade properties in our area, things go wrong. To help you keep these night-bandits off your Milwaukee property, here are a few things to consider.
Raccoons Thrive In The Dark
There are two types of pests; those that cause trouble during the day and those that wait till nighttime to start problems. Raccoons are the latter. These masked mammals sleep during the day inside burrows and do most of their food scavenging late at night when people are asleep.
Have you ever seen a video of raccoons where their eyes are glowing red? This glow is due to their shape. A raccoon's eyes have a structure called tapetum lucidum, which does a great job of reflecting light, and allows them to see better at night in order to navigate their surroundings.
Raccoons Will Do Anything To Fill Their Bellies
A long time ago, raccoons discovered that stealing food from people was a whole lot easier than scavenging for it out in the wild, so it's common to find raccoons rummaging through dumpsters, knocking over trash cans, and digging through gardens. If possible, these pests will even come indoors and scavenge for food in pantries, assuming that they feel they can do so safely without you noticing or hurting them.
Raccoons Are Smart
Raccoons are one of nature's smartest creatures. They mostly use their intelligence when scavenging and when looking for places to take shelter. If an area of your home is vulnerable to invasion, raccoons might look for a way to get inside. Most often, they will use gutters and other structures on the side of buildings to access attic spaces and other secluded areas.
How To Keep Raccoons Off Your Property
If you are not yet having trouble with raccoons around your property, you must take steps now to keep them away. Here are some practical exclusion tips to try to help you prevent these frustrating pests from starting trouble in and around your home.
Invest in tight-fitting lids for your trash cans and dumpsters.
Avoid feeding your pets outdoors. If you have to, pick up and clean out their bowls before going to bed each night.
Repair damage to your porch, outbuildings, and other structures that might allow raccoons a way under or inside.
Trim back tree branches and other greenery at least five feet from your home's exterior.
Install a fence around your yard and garden.
Consider adopting a lovable dog that looks big and scary.
Make sure to seal your chimney properly.
What To Do If Raccoons Are Causing Trouble Around Your Home
When raccoons invade a property or home, they are often difficult to remove. Because these pests are so dangerous, it is important that you take every precaution possible when working on getting them to go away. For this reason, we recommend involving the professionals at Ewert Pest Control for any of your raccoon control needs. Our team knows how to handle these pests and safely trap and remove them your properties.
Call us today to further discuss our pest control methods and schedule an inspection. We will evaluate your problem and find you a quick solution to get and keep raccoons away from your Milwaukee property.