How to Get Rid of Raccoons in the Back Yard

Raccoons often build dens in tree hollows, under porches, under decks, and in rarely used sheds. These sites offer access to fruits, nuts, insects, outdoor pet food, and garbage. The presence of raccoons is often marked by their messy eating habits — leaving trash and food scraps behind after feeding. They also rip up sod, steal siding off of homes, and scratch lawn ornaments and fences. Property owners also may notice raccoon tracks, which can resemble the handprints of human children.

A raccoon eating the food from a bird feeder

Negative Effects of Raccoons in the Backyard

Raccoons in your back yard can cause cosmetic damage to property, but more concerning is their ability to spread disease. These animals establish nearby latrines where they dispose of waste. Raccoon excrement often contains raccoon roundworm, a parasite capable of killing humans. They’re also capable of spreading rabies and leptospirosis. Raccoons in your back yard are just one step away from perhaps the greatest danger, home infestation.  

A raccoon trapped behind a fence.


Removing raccoons from your property is dangerous and requires the expertise of our trained professionals. If you have problematic raccoons in your back yard, contact Critter Control to safely and humanely remove the nuisance animals. 

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