Even though human encounters with raccoons, squirrels and other foragers are uncommon, property damage and other nuisance behaviors are common, says Jim Doiron, a Terminix service manager. While keeping your yard clear from food waste, fallen tree berries and other tasty debris is a given, there are a few other preventative steps you can take, says Doiron:
1. For outdoor garbage, use a bin stored in a well-lit area that won’t tip, and add a weight or tie to the lid to stop scavengers from making a mess.
2. Around the house, make sure water hoses are completely off and try to remove all stagnant water.
3. Trimming trees and bushes back can stop critters from climbing rooftops and making nests.
4. Check the basic structural integrity of your home. Make sure you have reinforced screens, covered vents and secured soffits to keep foragers from moving in with you.