Are raccoons in your dumpster in Cordova TN? If so, consider what they love to eat. A raccoon’s diet consists primarily of a variety of nuts, berries, plants, fruits, and acorns. Raccoons will also eat small rodents, frogs, fish, squirrels, rabbits, bird eggs, and even insects.
Raccoons will eat both plants and animals. Also, they are opportunistic eaters. Opportunistic eaters will eat anything and everything they can get their hands on including human food like leftovers from trashcans. If a raccoon can get its hands on it, they will eat it.
How To Keep Raccoons From Getting Into Your Dumpster
If you see raccoons in your dumpster in Cordova TN, here are a few methods you may try to deter them yourself.
- You need to remove any open trash around and near the trashcan or dumpster that is easily seen or accessible. The smell attracts wildlife and gives them an easy meal. If they know food is easily accessible, they will continue to come back.
- If a neighbor is feeding raccoons, this can affect surrounding neighbors. Make sure to let them know in case they don’t realize the impact it is having on the entire neighborhood.
Make Sure Your Garbage Is Safe From Those Raccoons!
Once the neighbors have cleaned up their trash left on the ground, make sure your trash can is secure. It is easy for raccoons to open trash lids because of their hand-shaped paws. Raccoons are extremely smart and will figure out how to open most lids, jars, and other objects. Placing bungee cords around the trashcan lid is a good way to help keep the raccoons from getting in. These are just a few suggestions to keep raccoons from getting into your dumpster. For additional information about raccoons, Click here.
We advise all of our clients to buy a trashcan with a locking mechanism that is considered bear-proof. Also, keep the trash in your garage until the morning the trash collector comes. This will remove any ideas the Raccoons may have to search for food. Hopefully they will move on to another neighborhood when they see there are no easy meals.
Is Your Dumpster Secure But You Still Need Raccoons Trapped?
After you have tried deterring the raccoons from coming around, you may need to look into trapping. Luckily, you’ve come to the right source. Apex Wildlife Control offers outside trapping services for most wildlife species, including raccoons. A technician will arrive with live cage traps and set them up around your property. We will be sure traps are placed around your trash cans to trap the raccoons.
Our technicians use bait that is species-specific. He will need to know if there are any cats or small dogs that could get into the cage. We use a different bait if there are domestic animals around. Sometimes cats will get into the trap and we don’t want to risk hurting them.
What If A Cat Gets Into A Raccoon Trap?
If a cat does go into the trap, it is no big deal. We will release the cat completely unharmed. After baiting the traps we will set the traps for seven days and come out every other day to check on and re-bait them or move as needed with the changing activity in your area. Please give us a call if you see an animal has been caught in the trap and we will come out that day. We try to make it as easy as we can for you, so you are not required to be home while we are doing our trapping services.
Raccoons Trapped In Your Trash Can Or Dumpster?
If a raccoon is stuck in a trash can, gently tip it over and quickly move away. They usually are not in attack mode and will just be glad to get out and try to run away quickly.
A raccoon stuck in a dumpster can be a bit trickier. Open any side doors if possible. If the raccoon is still unable to get out, try to put a board or something they can use as a ladder to climb out themselves.
If an adolescent raccoon is stuck and the mother is not around, please call us immediately. Typically if it is a small baby they are harmless and we just use protective gloves to handle it. When a raccoon is without a mother we try to find rehabilitation to help with feeding and caring for it. The rehabilitation will help get the baby healthy so we can reintroduce them into the wild at an appropriate age when they will have the best chance of survival.
Once you have tried to help the wildlife out yourself with no success, it is most likely time to call a professional. I would not advise you to try to get the raccoon out yourself. They will feel trapped and be extremely defensive and will likely lash out and may try to scratch or bite you.
Time To Call A Professional!
Apex Wildlife Control can send a technician out to you with a net and noose. He will assess the situation to determine the best way to handle it. Sometimes the animal has already tired itself out and we can easily scoop it up and remove it. However, when the animals are defensive and afraid we have to use the noose. In order to properly and safely get the raccoon, the noose will be wrapped around its body. The noose does not go around the raccoon’s neck and is never used this way. Doing this incorrectly will severely harm the raccoon and the raccoon may be able to get free and harm the technician or people nearby. Once we have the raccoon safely removed, we will then relocate it.
When you call us, let us know everything you have tried. Also, we will need to know the number of raccoons if you have seen them together. We prefer to trap families together if we can. Raccoon families relocated together have a greater chance of survival. Relocated raccoons need to find a new water source and feeding ground as well as looking for their new home. Many areas are already occupied by other raccoons and it is their territory.
So if you have raccoons in your dumpster in Cordova TN, call Apex today at 901-598-8555 and we will be glad to help!