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Fall has quickly fallen—all too fast, if you ask me. Don’t get me wrong: fall is a beautiful time of the year, maybe even the most beautiful time of the year. It’s just that the memory of last winter is still burned into my skull, and I loath to think another one is just one season away. All sorts of pests are loath to think so as well. Because while we have indoor heating and TV, pests basically just freeze to death every winter. Unless, of course, they can weasel their way into your toasty abode.

While any sort of bug infestation can be disgusting and annoying, there’s one type of infestation that can be downright terrifying: one involving raccoons or skunks. I lived in an apartment building beneath a girl who had raccoons break into her place, and I’ll never forget how loud she screamed. (The walls were thick, but my eardrums were ringing for hours.)

Although furry animals tend to be cute, they’re the last things you want to see in your home. And even though they may seem too big to be able to break in, they’re much smarter than bugs. Here are some tips for keeping them out:

  • Leave a TV or radio on at night. Nocturnal creatures are spooked by the sounds coming from our electronics.
  • Bag up your trash every night. Your trash is a raccoon’s treasure, so be sure they can’t get their paws on it.
  • Don’t leave pet food lying outside. This is what often attracts raccoons and skunks to your home in the first place.
  • Don’t leave food lying out in your kitchen. Be sure all of your food is put away and sealed.
  • Don’t leave windows open. Be sure all possibly entry points to your home are sealed from the outside.

These tips should help you avoid any blood-curdling screams this fall. But if all else fails, give us a call. We’ll take care of whatever Nassau pests you’re dealing with so you can rest easy.