It’s hard to believe if not seen for yourself, but raccoons are swiftly becoming a major nuisance in New York City and on Long Island. Whereas country populations of these nocturnal critters can be spread out and relatively tame, intra-city ones compete with people, rats, pigeons, each other, and every other living thing for space, food, and survival. Raccoons grow quickly, are versatile eaters, and adapt better than most other animals to virtually any habitat.
They look adorable, too, but don’t be fooled. New York City raccoons are mean, and they will not back down from a fight. What’s more, with claws like razor blades and strong jaws, they can get into and out of just about anything: expert climbers, they can scale a fence, tree, garbage can, or shed in no time, and whatever they need to chew through to find safety, they will.
Most seriously, though, they carry rabies and roundworm, and as such should not be messed with if you come across one. That said, you can keep them away from your property and minimize your chance of an encounter by adopting the following practices:
- Keep your garbage in a sealed can; if you can, tie down the lid with bungee cords, rope, or wire, and elevate your cans or secure them upright in a rack
- Use an electrified fence around your garden
- Block any external openings in your house or building through which they might enter
- Do not leave pet food outside, and do your best to clean up any spill- or leftovers when your animal has finished eating
- Hang bird-feeders away from buildings, and from light branches or a non-load-bearing apparatus
- Do not ever, under any circumstances, attempt to trap or handle these animals; they are very dangerous and poorly tempered
- It is against the law in New York state to keep a raccoon as a pet; furthermore, it is incredibly silly to do so, as is it to feed them directly
If you have trouble with raccoons on your property, follow the above steps to help the situation. If these efforts fail you, don’t hesitate to call Rest Easy Pest Control. It’s our pleasure to help.