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How to Get Rid of Raccoon

If you are like me, the last thing you want is some unwelcome guest making residence in your Indiana home. I am not talking about a neighbor or squatter you can’t get rid of. I am speaking about an animal that has made your home a frequent stop on its route to find food, or one that has made up permanent residence in your Indianapolis attic, yard, or shed. This can be an absolute nightmare, because often these animals refuse to leave. Once they have found a home in Indianapolis that they think they can return to as a source of food or shelter they will continue to come back. Sound like the disaster you are enduring? Well wait, it can get worse.

Raccoons carry a large number of diseases and parasites with them. These include such things as rabies and trichinosis. The bite from a raccoon can be very dangerous to you and your family, and also to your pets. Plus you have the added dimension of them leaving behind parasites and bacteria in their waste that can be very dangerous to your family and pets as well. Just breathing in some of these parasites that are found in the raccoon’s feces can make you very sick, and endanger lives. It is for these reasons that these animals must be dealt with, and dealt with firmly. You simply cannot have them returning to your home. It just isn’t safe.

You can go to the extreme of getting some animal poisons that will take care of your raccoon problem, but you may not like this idea. Who can blame you? Raccoons are pretty cute after all, and you take the risk in leaving out poison that your dog or cat may ingest it as well. There are alternatives to this however.

The first place to begin is deterrence. There are many things you can do to as preventative measures to keep these creatures away from your Indianapolis home. The first place to begin is by ensuring that there are not viable sources of food and water for the raccoon to find at your Indiana home. You should be aware that raccoons are omnivores, which means that they will eat anything. You may find last night’s liver to be completely inedible (and I would agree that liver is not edible whatsoever), but the raccoon sees this as a premium meal. Just because you find something not worth eating don’t believe the raccoon won’t eat it.

This means that your garbage can may be the No. 1 source of food for the critter. To prevent this there are a couple of things you can do. First of all, try to lock your garbage cans up. Putting them in your garage or in the shed deprives the raccoon of this source of food, and may cause it to move on. If you cannot lock up the cans then make sure you close the can lids tightly. One of the best ways to do this is to get a piece of bungee cord and use it to hold the lid down. Cut a hole in each side of the can and wrap the cord over the lid when you close it. This will make it very hard to get into and cause the raccoon to find somewhere else to go for food. If you have a dog or cat, keep their food and water dish inside. The same things that Fido or Samantha likes to eat you will find the raccoon will enjoy as well. Keep these indoors and you will deprive the critter another source of food.

If you have a garden or landscaping pond in Indianapolis you will need to consider fencing these in with higher, more durable fences. A raccoon can climb fairly well, and is able to dig under many fences, so you will need to do a really good job of putting up a high enough fence to keep them out and a sturdy enough one to remove the possibility of digging underneath it. It may be a good idea to enclose the fence with an electrical wire. A quick shock may be what is necessary to keep it away.

Next make a solution of tabasco sauce, jalapeno peppers and dishwashing detergent added to water and spray that over your garden and your garbage cans. Sounds disgusting? Well it is, and that is what you are going for here. The raccoon will eat something that has the mixture on it and have a burning tongue that should last for hours. In addition, if he or she ate a large enough sampling the burning feeling will not be limited to the mouth only. This is intended to keep the raccoon away, and it has had great effect. You will find that employing these steps should do the trick for you.

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