Raccoons may seem harmless from afar, but are a major problem with garbage bins. Many families wake up to find their garbage bins ransacked, and garbage spread all over the sidewalk by these raccoons.
This mess is not only unpleasant to look at, no one likes cleaning it up. So there are a few tips that are provided by our raccoon removal experts that can teach you how raccoon proof your garbage bins and prevent all this mess.
- Buy the right trash bin as raccoons can chew through plastic bins. So a metal can preferably with a lid that locks in place is a better option.
- Secure your trash every night. If your can doesn’t have built-in locks, just secure it with a rope or bungee cord. In case there are no handles on your can to tie a rope, just place a heavy rock or cinder block on the can to solve the problem. However the latches have to be strong as some tend to loosen up with time.
- As the smell of ammonia is interchangeable with the smell of urine to a raccoon, spray the interior of the can with ammonia. Raccoons find this scent very offensive so spray ammonia inside the can and any other place raccoons frequent to keep them away.
- Commercial raccoon-repellants can be effective at times if you place them around the can. If you are hesitant about this because of your small children or pets, hot pepper or cayenne pepper provide a safe and natural solution too.
- As raccoons tend to invade your trash only at night so that they can sneak around undetected, installing a motion-detection light near your can helps. Its sudden light blinds raccoons and can make them look for dinner elsewhere.
- Placing your bins in a secure location like your garage or shed helps. However do this only if your garage is fairly airtight as if the raccoons can eventually gain entry to your garage, you may one day wake up to find your garbage strewn across your garage! Moreover, watch the smell of waste products stored in garages as once the garage starts smelling awful, the decomposition smell makes a special invitation to raccoons!
While all these methods can help you keep raccoons at bay, it’s better to switch methods every six months. This is important as raccoons are smart, and will soon learn how to undo a difficult buckle or can just chew through straps. Moreover, don’t forget to periodically check your garbage cans as persistent raccoons may gnaw or scratch through its bottom after time!