Raccoons are intelligent, curious animals that are entertaining to watch from afar, but they are not creatures with whom you want to get too close. Raccoons eat almost anything including garbage, birdseed, and pet food.  They are known to destroy your lawn and garden, damage your home's building materials, and even spread diseases that can be deadly to you and your domestic pets. With all of this in mind, it's easy to understand why folks who have a raccoon problem are so eager to discover how to get rid of raccoons!

How to Recognize if You Have a Raccoon Problem

Raccoons are nocturnal creatures which means they usually come out at night. As a result, it can be difficult to identify their presence. Pay attention to the signs that raccoons leave behind to determine if you have a raccoon problem.

We recommend keeping a watch out for the following:

 

  1. Raccoons can be seen feeding 
    Raccoons are untidy, voracious eaters who leave a trail of destruction behind them after a meal. Raccoon feeding can be identified by overturned garbage cans, grass or garden damage, an empty, spilled, or shifted pet food dish, damaged compost piles, and empty or broken bird feeders, among other things.
  2. Tracks
    Raccoon and possum tracks are similar in appearance. Raccoons have claws on all of their toes and walk flat-footed like humans. Raccoon tracks are distinguished by their diagonal track pattern, which is similar to that of deer. Their footprints are 2-3" wide on the front feet and 3-4" long on the back feet, with a longer heel on the back foot.
  3. Droppings
    Racoon droppings have broken or rounded ends and are cylindrical in shape. They are usually dark in color, though the color varies depending on the diet of the animal. Typically, the scat contains berry seeds and may show evidence of garbage.
  4. Strange noises
    Strange noises may be heard around your property late at night. Mewing, whistling, and snarling are some of the sounds made by raccoons.

How to Get Rid of Raccoons?

  1. Set up live raccoon traps to catch and remove any raccoons that may be there. Metro Pest Control employs humane traps in all of our animal removal services. Our experienced team of raccoon trappers has an in-depth knowledge of raccoon behavior that helps us capture animals as quickly and humanely as possible.
  2. Seal any attic cracks and openings, including vents and seals. To plug these gaps, use galvanized hardware wire mesh.
  3. Remove any food, water, or bedding materials that raccoons might be using.
  4. Clean out the raccoon nest place under the house or deck once the raccoons have left. Remove all of the bedding.
  5. Seal all access points once the place is clean.
  6. Use sound or light deterrents that are activated by motion detection sensors. Raccoons will avoid your lawn and garden if these deterrents detect movement and generate loud noises or flashes of bright light.
  7. To reduce "bridges" onto your roof, trim the trees, vines, and vegetation around your property.

Metro Pest Control should be your first choice for any pest-related issues. We service places such as New York City, Brooklyn, Nassau County, the Bronx, and Queens, among others. The Metro Pest Control Service was founded in 1977 and has been assisting individuals with pest problems ever since. In NYC, we are well-known termite exterminators. We also provide raccoon removal services in Nassau County. You can call us or contact us on our website, www.metropest.com.