How To Keep Raccoons Out Of Your Memphis Yard

10/31/2021

Night bandits, trash pandas, coons, ringtails, raccoons go by many well-deserved names. These large furry mammals regularly invade and cause trouble for homeowners here in Memphis. If you keep finding your trash bins knocked over or suspect these pests are living inside one of your outbuildings, we are here today to help. This is what you should know about raccoons and some tips and tricks to keep them out of your Memphis yard.

a large raccoon in a back yard

Raccoons Are Dangerous Sometimes

Raccoons are not the most dangerous pests on the block, but they do pose some health risks to both people and animals. If cornered, these furry bandits will fight back. If a raccoon has rabies, it will be more aggressive and more likely to attack. If you have never had to have shots for rabies before, let us tell you, it is no fun.

Another way raccoons threaten homeowners is the diseases they carry and spread. People and animals contract diseases spread by raccoons by coming in contact with them or with their waste. If you own a dog, they could contract canine hepatitis or distemper from a raccoon on your property.

Raccoons Are Crafty

There are few pests as smart as raccoons. Not only do these furry bandits have dexterous fingers, but they also know how to use them. It is not uncommon for homeowners to find raccoons inside of screened porches, locked outbuildings, and other places they do not belong. Raccoons will also find their way into attics and basements from time to time and have no problem building a nest indoors if they feel like they won’t be bothered if they do.

Raccoons Like Being Urban Creatures

Most wildlife creatures in our area do not prefer to be around homes. Raccoons are the exact opposite. These trash pandas love living in cityscapes. In fact, they thrive in them. Consider the raccoons in your neighborhood to be intelligent pets that you didn’t know you had. The only problem is that you cannot pet them, they destroy your garden and trash to feed themselves, and there is no easy way to train them properly.

Raccoons Are Preventable

Raccoons will always be around Memphis, but they do not have to be in your yard. To deter these pests from building a home on your property and causing trouble, here are some prevention tips you should be using:

  • Invest in heavy-duty trash cans that have tight-fitting lids.

  • Remove fallen fruits and berries from your yard.

  • After hosting an outdoor gathering, clean up left-out food and beverages.

  • Avoid feeding your pets outdoors or clean out their food and water bowls after they finish each meal.

  • Install a fence around your yard and garden.

  • Make sure your home’s exterior is properly sealed. Do the same for outbuildings around your property.

The Benefits Of Professional Raccoon Control

If you suspect raccoons have built their home on your property, do not try to handle them on your own. This may result in personal injury. To stay safe and ensure raccoons get and stay off your Memphis property, get the home pest control experts at Dart Pest, Lawn & Wildlife involved. Our team of trained technicians will come out and inspect your property for these pests. If any raccoons are found, they will quickly and safely remove them. They will also walk you through some options to keep these furry trash pandas away in the future.

Give our team a call today to discuss your wildlife control options with one of our friendly pest control representatives. They will help find a time to handle your raccoon problems.

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