Are Raccoons Digging Up Your Yard In Arlington TN?
Your yard is the first thing people tend to notice when they pull into your driveway. Homeowners spend a lot of time and money to have a well kept yard with beautiful flowers. Seeing wild animals destroying your yard can ruin anyone’s day. If you have raccoons digging up your yard in Arlington TN, then this is a must read!
At Apex Wildlife Control we understand how extremely aggravating and downright infuriating this can be! Our goal is to stop this kind of damage by trapping and removing the culprits.
What To Look For When Raccoons Are Digging Up Your Yard
The best way to identify the animal responsible is to look around your home for signs of wildlife. If you suspect raccoons, look for fecal droppings for verification. Next, do you have outdoor trash receptacles, and have you noticed that something is getting into the trash? Have neighbors seen wildlife and also complained about similar damage around their homes? These are the types of things to consider when identifying the problem animal.
When Do Raccoons Dig In Your Yard?
Raccoons are nocturnal animals. So, if you don’t see any during daytime hours that’s an good indication that you are dealing with a raccoon. Raccoons will dig in the dirt looking for grubs and other larvae insects. When your yard happens to be a plentiful food source they will return to your yard over and over again. If your yard is sodded, you may also see your sod rolled up when a raccoon has been at work. Skunks and opossums will dig spots that are similar to a raccoon, but raccoons are more common.
What You Can Do To Prevent Raccoons From Digging In Your Yard?
You can remove the reasons that raccoons are drawn to your yard by taking a few preventative measures. Wild animals tend to only stay in an area where something is attracting them. Keep this in mind as you continue to look around your property.
Do you see anything that would bring wildlife to your door? Are the trash containers secured tightly? Are neighbors feeding stray dogs, cats or other wildlife that would also attract raccoons to your neighborhood? If you feed pets outside, make sure that none of the food is left out after your pets have eaten. Raccoons will eat practically anything, but especially LOVE cat food. For more information about this check out Raccoons Stealing Cat Food In Memphis TN?
After checking these easy fixes, take a good look at your lawn. Do you notice any brown spots? You could possibly have an overpopulation of grubs and insects in the dirt if the answer is yes. Grubs are like candy to raccoons! If you rid your lawn of grubs then your lawn will tend to be healthier with fewer raccoons.
How Our Trapping Process Works.
The wildlife technicians at Apex Wildlife Control are very successful with outside trapping. It is rare that we do not get the species that we target for trapping. Our company uses humane, live traps that will not cause harm to any animal that is caught. These traps allow an animal to easily enter the trap, but they will need our assistance to get out. We trap for a total of seven days and set multiple traps. Our technicians return to your home three times during this seven-day period (every 36 hours) to check the traps. They will remove any animals, add more traps if necessary, and reset and rebait the traps if needed.
Since raccoons are known to love cat food some people will use it for bait. However, if you have pet or stray cats, cat food would not be the bait to use. We use a bait that only attracts raccoon in an effort to avoid accidentally trapping cats or other domestic animals.
Relocation Of Raccoons
We ask our clients to check the traps daily between the scheduled trap checks. Please let us know immediately if an animal has been trapped. We also ask that all dogs be kept leashed and away from the traps for their own safety. Dogs can be trapped render a trap useless for its intended purpose to trap a raccoon.
Our technicians will relocate a trapped raccoon 25 miles away so that it cannot find its way back to you. Raccoons are tough little guys, but their chances for survival in new surroundings are not good. They may have to hide from predators and find new sources for food and water. This is why we educate our clients on the various ways to deter raccoons from coming onto their property. Sadly, relocation is sometimes the only thing that can be done.
Do You Have A Family Of Raccoons?
If you have seen a family of raccoons digging in your yard, you will want to count them. Knowing the exact number of raccoons in the family will be helpful to us. We will set the same number of traps for the best chances to trap the family at the same time. Whenever a family of any species is involved, we will try our best to trap them at the same time. Being relocated and released together will give them a greater chance of survival.