When the temperatures go down during winter, many outdoor pests seek warmth inside houses and other buildings. Raccoons are one of the most common animals we remove this time of year, and while there is no “sure-fire” way to completely prevent raccoons from coming into your home, there are a couple of things you can do. As an experienced Columbia, Maryland raccoon removal company, we wanted to take some time today to discuss how you can keep raccoons and other wildlife out of your home.
Seal Any Holes or Cracks on Your Home
Raccoons get into attics and other spaces of homes through cracks, holes, gaps, or weak areas of your siding and insulation. Some wildlife can fit through tiny holes, so you need to ensure that even the smallest of openings are filled and sealed tight.
Keep Windows and Doors Closed
One of the easiest ways raccoons and other pests make their way into your house is through your doors and windows. If you have any family members who are often careless that leave doors or windows open for longer than needed, remind them that raccoons like to sneak in through those spots and ask them to be as careful as possible.
Store Your Food Items in Airtight Containers
The only thing worse than having pests in your home is having pests in your food. The best way to keep them away from your food is to store it in airtight containers. Most raccoons will be unable to gnaw through a plastic container. If you have bulk food items stored somewhere other than your kitchen, don’t forget to raccoon-proof those areas as well!
Keep Your Home Clean
Not only can pests seek refuge in your home, but they’ll also be looking for some food. We already discussed how you should keep your food in airtight containers, but it’s equally important to keep your home clean and to keep your counters free of crumbs. Get into the habit of wiping down the kitchen counters and dining tables after each meal, and try not to take food further beyond the dining areas in your home.
Work With a Professional Columbia, MD Wildlife Control Company
Here at K.P. Wildlife, we’ve been providing our raccoon removal services to Maryland homeowners for years. Whether you just need some help securing your home’s exterior or you need a raccoon removed from your home, we can help. Our team of wildlife control experts is standing by ready to answer any questions you may have. Give us a call today.