How to keep raccoons out of my garden
Raccoons are cute, but at the same time they are mischievous critters that can wreak havoc in the garden and yard, especially when they are gathered in high numbers. However, it is easy to learn how you can keep these raccoons away from your home and garden. There are many steps that you can take to be able to keep the pests away from the home and under control.
The first step is to make sure that your area is clean. There is no need to use traps since there are also other methods that you may use like fencing or deterrents. Besides the activities they do in the garden, raccoons can also get into garbage cans and in the food of your pets. It is a good idea to make sure that the lids on the trashcans are secure and are hard for these animals to open. You can keep the pet food put away during the night if the raccoons are too active. You might be able to see the raccoons or you may see evidence that they were there. These can be droppings or tracks and crop damage such as half eaten corn or hollowed out melons.
To keep the raccoons away, you have to make sure that you have the right fencing. Because raccoons are known to be adept climbers or even diggers, using an ordinary fence is not going to be enough. You have to make sure that you have a raccoon proof space and you may also try to add a strand or two electric fencing which is at least 8 inches starting from the ground up to 8 inches over the fence. You have to bury the fence 6 inches deep so that you may prevent the digging. Since the raccoons have high intelligence and problem solving skills, the ingenuity of raccoons can be seen as a nuisance to humans. Raccoons are opportunistic feeders, and they will remember the locations where food is available and how they may unlatch or open the containers for over three years.
If the raccoons are in the garden already, you have to learn how to trap them and get them out. However, if you have no idea, then you can call a professional to do it in your place. There are lots of other ways that can keep the raccoons out of the garden, you can consult with a wildlife expert.
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