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How-To: Keep Raccoons Away From Your Home

They may be cute, but these masked bandits are carriers of dangerous parasites and rabies. While in most cases raccoons will be able to coexist peacefully with humans, sometimes their presence becomes a nuisance, if not a real danger (my dog was recently attacked by a raccoon in the yard). To discourage them from taking up residence in your crawlspace or in your yard, I've rounded up some great tips to keep raccoons at paw's length.

  • Trim any tree branches that overhang your house or garage.
  • If you have large garbage bins outside your house, secure them with a bungee cord.
  • Do not leave pet food or scraps outside.

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  • Keep your barbecue grills clean, or store them in a secure garage space.
  • If you have a fruit or vegetable garden, a motion light may help to discourage raccoons from snacking.
  • Seal any entries into crawlspaces, though first ensure that raccoons aren't already in the crawlspace.
  • Place a screen over your fireplace chimney.
  • Lock pet doors at night to prevent raccoons from making midnight kitchen raids.
  • Hang birdfeeders where raccoons can't get to them.
  • A 24-inch-wide band of sheet metal secured around trees will prevent raccoons from climbing them.

Do you know any tricks or techniques for discouraging raccoons? Leave them in the comments!

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