Have you ever woken in the morning and discover your trash cans are knocked over and garbage across the front yard? If this has happened to you, a raccoon is most likely the culprit. Raccoons are very intelligent, curious, and dexterous animals. Which means they can cause a lot of damage. They can tip over trash cans and can even take off tight lids. If trash day has become a nightmare for you, follow these tips to keep raccoons away.
1. Change Your Take Out Habits
The best habit you can fall into is to put out your garbage the morning of pick-up instead of the night before. Raccoons are nocturnal so they do most of their damage overnight. Waking up earlier to take out your trash in the morning can save you a lot of aggravation.
2. Trash Placement
Whether you store your trash cans outside at all times or only take them outside for trash day, placement is key to keeping these animals away. If you store your trash cans outside, place them in a protected area or secure them to your home or garage. Place cans on level ground where they cannot be tipped over as easily. Try placing your trash cans in the line of sight of a spotlight or motion-detecting light. Raccoons prefer darkness and can be startled away by sudden light.
3. Clean Your Trash Cans Out
If you store your trash cans outdoors, it’s a good idea to clean them out regularly to remove lingering odors and trash residue. Use ammonia when cleaning out your trash cans, as raccoons find the scent of ammonia very unpleasant.
If you’ve tried all of this and need a real solution it may be time to call a professional. Contact our Animal Control Experts here and receive a free evaluation!