Today, we offer 5 ways to keep raccoons out of your trash. At Chimney Sweeps of America in Denver, we know raccoons are curious creatures. We also know that when it comes to pesky creatures, raccoons can be at the top of the list. Raccoons are intelligent and dexterous and they can cause a great deal of damage. They also love trash. If you are having a problem with trash and local raccoons, here are a few tips to help.
- Change When You Place Your Garbage Outside
A lot of people like to put their garbage out the night before their trash is going to be picked up by the garbage truck. Raccoons are nocturnal creatures. This means they are likely to victimize your trash can at night if it is available. Putting your garbage out in the morning will save you the aggravation of having trash strewn all over the place.
- Proper Trash Storage
Keeping your garbage away from raccoons means you need to store your garbage properly. If possible, avoid storing your garbage outside. A garage or shed can provide excellent alternative locations. If you must store your garbage outside, get a garbage can that is designed to protect your trash from wildlife. Storing your cans under a motion sensor light is a great way to scare away raccoons. They are typically startled by sudden light and prefer dark areas for their activities.
- Clean Your Cans
Cleaning and disinfecting your garbage cans is an effective deterrent, particularly when ammonia is used. Cleaning can remove attractive scents and reduce interest in your garbage. Consider double bagging your more strong-smelling garbage to help better contain attractive smells and keep raccoons out of your trash.
- Consider Repellents
While raccoon repellents can be a mixed bag, there are some that are more effective than others. Electronic repellents sometimes include some combination of light, sound, and water spraying and can be effective. It is important to do research and look at reviews to determine which repellent would be best for your circumstances.
- Call a Professional
If you have a raccoon problem that won’t go away, call us here at Chimney Sweeps of America in Denver. We can set traps and relocate these troublesome creatures. We can even remove them from your attic or other areas if they have managed to get that far.
Additional Tips to Keep Raccoons Out of Your Trash
- Don’t place garbage bags on your curb. Bagged trash is an easy target.
- Secure your garbage lids with bungee cords.
- Weigh down your garbage lid with heavy rocks or weights to make it hard to lift
- Put your garbage cans on level ground so they cannot be tipped over easily.
Knowing 5 ways to keep raccoons out of your trash should help these curious creatures move on to other food sources. If you need help with raccoons in your neighborhood, contact us here at Chimney Sweeps of America. We can trap and relocate animals to help protect your garbage and your Denver home.