Yup, I truly did believe that adding a doggy-door to get my back yard are the best present I could give to my small dog. Well, I do not think that way anymore. It turns out that our city-raised raccoon neighbours now understand how to use these doors themselves. If this has happened to you, and you have a doggy-door, or perhaps a cat flap installed in an outer door, than you 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 so much if this little invader enters and ruins your home, and I assure you a raccoon will make short work of any dwelling if given half the opportunity. Raccoons have been known to eat live, caged birds that they get access to so in the event that you’ve got a pet bird, this issue is much more important to know.
However, it is easy to learn how 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 deter wildlife while allowing for ventilation.
TIP : I found that hanging my big green bin (for kitchen compost) on my fence from the handle so that it dangles, tilting in toward the fence at the bottom, works flawlessly. Even opossums can’t get to it anymore.
Keeping your home in good repair is another simple method of discouraging raccoons and other critters from going in. Squirrels, raccoons, and even starlings are notorious for moving in rather quickly to incomplete and failed buildings.
To-date there are no known repellents for raccoons, so please understand; it’s significantly simpler 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.
And, last but not least; if your pet has been bitten by a raccoon or any other wildlife, it might have been infected by rabies, so you should contact your vet immediately. Keeping your pets inside overnight will lessen the likelihood of their ever coming into contact with a raccoon.