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What to Do About Raccoons

These wild neighbors just want a home to call their own

Adapted from the book Wild Neighbors

From a raccoon’s point of view, humans make excellent neighbors. After all, raccoons don't know that our luscious vegetable gardens, uncapped chimneys, and full birdfeeders aren't there just for them. And when these clever critters take advantage of the food and shelter we (usually unintentionally) provide, they often get into trouble.

Requests for help with problem raccoons bring in a lot of money for “nuisance” wildlife control companies. We have a more effective, inexpensive, and humane solution: start with tolerance, learn how the problems begin, and practice prevention. Here's how.

What to do about raccoons...

» inside your house (getting them out and keeping them out)
» denning in your attic or chimney
» in your walls, ceilings, and crawl spaces
» eating your yards, gardens, and trash
» raiding your birdfeeder
» interacting with your pets
» coming in through your pet door
» and rabies (and other public health concerns)
» and safe cleanup of their waste

Are you sure it's a raccoon?

Before you do anything, make sure you're dealing with a raccoon (and not your neighbor's dog).


» Purchase a copy of Wild Neighbors, the go-to guide for useful, humane solutions to conflicts with wildlife. 
» If you are located within the D.C. Metro Area, take advantage of our wildlife conflict resolution service.
» Read Dorcas MacClintock’s Natural History of Raccoons (Blackburn Press, 2003) to learn more. 

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