How to remove raccoons from under your porch
How to know if raccoons are under your porch
Raccoons tend to be attracted to the underside of porches and decks because they offer shelter and a safe place to raise babies. But, if raccoons do move into the area under your porch, how will you know? There are a few different animals that could potentially also find refuge under porches such as rats and mice or even opossums. In all of these cases, you may hear scratching or scuffling noises coming from the underside of your deck.
However, raccoons can be differentiated from other creatures by their unique growl sounds. Their babies may also make small howling noises to communicate with their mother. The majority of these noises will also be mostly discernible at night, seeing as raccoons are nocturnal creatures. Furthermore, raccoon sightings around the porch area may indicate that they have taken up residence there.
How to remove raccoon from porch
Once you have evidence to suggest that raccoons are living under your porch, it is possible that you don’t have to do anything. They tend only to nest in the colder months as the babies become more independent during the summer, choosing to leave their nests and live on their own. Depending on the time of year, it may be best just to wait it out. However, if action is needed, disturbance methods may deter raccoons from returning to the nest, for example, if there is constant noise or light. It is also important to identify all of their possible entry points into the porch’s underside to understand how and where they are able to access it. The disturbance methods can be carried out at these points. Using a rag soaked in apple cider vinegar or ammonia (placed in a trash bag with holes poked into the sides) can also help to deter them through smell. It may take time for these methods to take full effect, but they can be incredibly effective. In order to test whether they have been successful, tape pieces of paper over all entry points and come back the next day to see whether they have been shredded or taken down. If all else fails, seeking professional help to physically remove the raccoons is the safest route to consider.
How to prevent raccoons from living under your porch
If you are worried about raccoons infiltrating your porch, or if you have already removed them and want to prevent them from returning, then sealing off all potential entry points is a sure-fire way to stop them from even being able to get into the area under the porch. They are also incredibly attracted to any kind of food scraps, so making sure to keep any potential food source away from the area will mean that raccoons won’t have a reason to venture onto your property in the first place.