Paradoxically, I truly did believe that adding a doggy-door to access my back yard would be the best present I could give to my small dog. Well, I don’t think that way anymore. It turns out that our city-raised raccoon neighbors today know how to use these doors. If this has happened to you, and you have a doggy-door, or perhaps a cat flap installed in an outer door, than you now know the problem.
Raccoons have really dexterous front paws that let them open doors, bins, and even cupboards almost as easily as a human does. Cute? Not too much if this small invader enters and destroys your home, and I assure you a raccoon will make short work of any home if given half the chance. Raccoons have been known to eat live, caged birds that they get access to so in the event that you have a pet bird, this problem is even more important to understand.
However, you can easily learn to live in harmony with raccoons (and other forms of wildlife for that matter) by remembering simple things such as; NEVER feed your pets outdoors, keep garbage indoors until your collection day, and use compost containers which discourage wildlife while allowing for ventilation.
TIP I discovered that hanging my large green bin (for kitchen compost) on my fence from the handle so that it dangles, tilting in toward the fence in the bottom, works perfectly. Even opossums cannot get to it anymore. Squirrels, raccoons, as well as starlings are notorious for moving in rather quickly to incomplete and failed buildings.
To-date there are no known repellents for raccoons, so please know; it is much easier to take the necessary steps in discouraging their even thinking of invading your property, than to correct the damages caused after they have been removed. Call Titusville Opossum Removal for humane trapping, Keeping your pets inside overnight will reduce the chances of their ever coming into contact with a raccoon.