Raccoons might look adorable, but they’re destructive creatures. They can cause damage particularly to your gutters and roofing. You can prevent raccoons from climbing your downspouts by following these tips.
Pest spikes are vertical strips with pointed edges. You can glue these pest spikes on the three sides of your downspouts. Ensure they’re at least three feet away from any platform because raccoons can bypass this deterrent if you install it any lower.
Baffles are metal or plastic disc-shaped pieces that look like an upside-down saucer around your downspout. They physically prevent raccoons from climbing your downspouts. Most roofers recommend wrap-around baffles for maximum deterrence. Install them three feet away from the ground or any platform, just like pest spikes.
Automotive grease discourages raccoons from climbing your downspouts any further by letting them slip as they attempt to do so. Grease downspout sections on all sides and at least three feet above the ground.
Eliminating Access Points
Eliminate other access points to your roof, such as trees. Raccoons can use tree branches that are hanging low over your roof. Regularly trim back these branches, or call a professional to do it.
Feed Pets Indoors
Raccoons will eat any pet food you leave outside, so don’t forget to bring the food inside once it gets dark. If possible, feed your pets indoors.
Electrical fences produce a small, non-lethal shock upon contact. It will discourage raccoons from heading into your gardens, ponds and garbage cans. Make sure to install them with gaps smaller than three inches.
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