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Bakersfield California Raccoon Control Situation: Do mothballs or ammonia repel raccoons?
The simple answer would be, no. Not only are they ineffective, but mothballs and ammonia are bad for the environment too. Mothballs are especially known for their toxicity, and long exposure can cause serious health problems. The stench that ammonia and mothballs produce has little effect on raccoons. Raccoons are very endurable creatures and their physiology has developed over time. They find urban dwellings a safe spot for nesting and a source of abundant food. These advantages outweigh the unpleasant odor that the raccoon has to bear for a short while.
Preventive measures are often more helpful than chemical repellants in getting rid of raccoons. Careless mistakes like leaving food out for your pets, forgetting to close the trash lid or not fixing that broken attic window can all lead to rodent infestation. Once a raccoon finds a way into your house, it's very hard to keep them out. Keeping your area clear from anything that might attract these furry little creatures is your only hope.
Emptying the trash cans frequently and keeping the lids tightly closed is a good way to keep the raccoons at bay. Keeping the bush area clean and trimming down the trees is another remedy to prevent raccoons or other rodents from nesting near your house. If you have fruits trees near your home, clear away any fallen fruit before it rots. The smell of rotten fruits is a sweet treat for raccoons and is sure to invite them over. If you have a swimming pool in the house, keep it covered when not in use. Raccoons like to take a dip every now and then but can drop feces in the pool too, so be prepared.
Since raccoons are nocturnal animals, they usually come out at night. Leaving a motion sensor or strobe light on in your backyard can startle them and scare them from entering your premises. Inspect all the entry points through which a rodent can enter the house, for example, exhaust fans, bathroom vents, kitchen window, chimney or pet door. Secure these properly and install a lock or shield where possible. Don't forget to check for pipes and other holes too, raccoons can get through narrow openings as small as four inches.
Some people use the one-way trap approach. If a rodent has entered your home, trap it in a way that the only exit is out. However, you might need a professional to handle this kind of job especially if the raccoon has laid a nest. Until the nest is removed, the raccoon will keep coming back. Separation from the nest can make the raccoon anxious and aggressive. Chasing the raccoon yourself is a dangerous idea, they have sharp claws and might be infected with rabies. In case of a major infestation, always seek the help of a professional. Professionals can be a bit expensive but it pays off in the long run. In some cases, they relocate the animals to a far off place, so they don't return and bang on your door again.
If you wish to learn more, click on the How to Get Rid of Raccoons in the Attic home page. For wildlife control, animal trapping services, and raccoon control in Kern County, California, call us at 661-578-5417, and ask to talk about raccoons in the attic in Bakersfield, CA.