Welcome to my site about pest control. I'm Miranda Maloney. Although many people fuss loudly about the presence of spiders in the home, these creatures often clear out the bugs that cause far worse problems. Spiders consume beetles, cockroaches, moths and other pests that wreak havoc throughout the house. Thankfully, however, you can hire a pest control professional to eliminate bugs in your home if you do not want to co-habitate with spiders. In fact, pest control professionals can eliminate the spiders as well. I will share information about pest control tactics, both natural and commercial, on this site. Please follow along to learn more.
While they have cute faces, raccoons can be destructive and may even be dangerous and aggressive. Typically nocturnal creatures, if raccoons are sick, they will roam about during the day as well. They are known for knocking down garbage cans and finding their way into attics. Here are some ways you and your pest services technician can stop raccoons from getting into your home:
Block Access To Your Home
Raccoons can wiggle their way into your home through small holes in your roof or soffit, and can get into your attic if your chimney flashing is compromised. Chimney flashing is a metal sheet that is installed by a roofer to help make sure that the seal between your chimney and your roof remains watertight so that rain or melting ice cannot leak into your home.
If the flashing is damaged, the watertight seal can be broken, allowing raccoons and other animals access to your home. Your pest control services technician can inspect your home for holes and faulty flashing, and if needed, may suggest that you make an appointment with a roofer to make the necessary repairs.
Other ways to block a raccoon's access to your home include installing a chimney cap over your chimney, trimming trees away from your home so that raccoons are unable to climb up to your roof, and placing a wire, mesh, or wood over holes in your soffit until a roofer can make the repairs.
Eliminate Odors And Food Access
Raccoon love rummaging through garbage cans looking for food. To discourage raccoons from accessing your property and home, make sure your garbage cans are always covered. You can also place bricks or other heavy objects on top of your trash cans to further ensure that the lids stay closed.
Also, to discourage strong food odors from attracting raccoons to your garbage cans, double bag discarded food scraps so that odors do not permeate the area. If this fails to keep the animals away from your garbage cans, spray a non-toxic deterrent around the cans.
Animal deterrent sprays can be purchased at home improvement centers. Make sure that the product label states that the ingredients are non-toxic, so that if the raccoon does ingest it, the animal will not be harmed.
If you hear scratching, growling sounds, or soft thumping sounds coming from your attic or inside your walls, do not attempt to investigate on your own, as this may be dangerous. These are telltale signs that raccoons or other small animals have taken up residence inside your home. Call a pest services professional, who will safety inspect your premises and suggest safe and humane ways to get the animals out of your home as quickly as possible.