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Raccoon Control in the Fall

In the fall, you might notice more raccoons in your yard than normal. You might enjoy seeing these chubby little masked creatures scampering around your yard. However, they can wreak havoc on your property, damaging items and bringing strong smells. For these reasons, it’s important to take proper steps to keep raccoons off of your property.

Raccoons in the Fall

Why is there an increase of raccoons in the fall? You’ll notice them more around your home as they attempt to seek entry. As the weather gets colder, they will try to enter your home in search of warmth. Additionally, as plants start to die, they will look for alternative food sources. Plants in your garden, pet food, and garbage can all serve as potential food sources for raccoons and attract them to your property.

Eliminate Attractive Items

In order to keep raccoons away from your home, you should get rid of all items that might attract them. You should keep garbage cans closed at all times and completely sealed. You should also choose trashcans made out of heavy material such as metal. When raccoons have no way to get to your garbage, they will not look to them as a food source.

You should also avoid leaving pet food and bird feeders outside, which can also be potential food sources. If you have a pond in your yard, you should not keep fish in it. If you do decide to keep fish in your pond, consider a mesh covering of some sort to prevent raccoons from eating them.

Prevent Entry

It’s important to seal all potential entry points to prevent raccoons from entering your home. Make sure there are no holes in your deck and seal any potential entry points in your home. Use chimney caps to prevent raccoons from entering through your chimney. Don’t let tree branches hang too close to your home, as raccoons can use them as a bridge to enter the home.


If a raccoon does enter your home, you should not try to remove it yourself, as it could be dangerous to you and to the raccoon. Instead, you should call professional wildlife removal services to take care of the problem. A professional will trap the raccoon and release it safely. They will use proper techniques to ensure no damage to your property and no harm to any person or animal.

For help with raccoon removal services, contact Wildlife Control Services, LLC today at 860-236-2683