The Best Ways to Keep Raccoons Away From Your Trash

Have you ever woken in the morning and come to find your trash cans are knocked over and garbage is strewn all over your front yard?  If this has happened to you, a raccoon is most likely the culprit.

Raccoons are very intelligent, curious, and dexterous animals.  This means they …

How to Keep Raccoons Out of Your Yard

Hot Spot: Garden beds Main Attraction: Raccoons are omnivores, meaning that they eat all kinds of plants as well as animals. They’re accurately known as marauders of sweet corn patches, but they also commonly feast on melons, berries, grapes, and a variety of other garden vegetables. Damage: The most recognizable …

Raccoon Facts

I’ve waged a lot of battles against rogue raccoons over the years. These masked bandits are smart and resourceful, making them one of the more challenging adversaries for an animal control professional. Raccoons will eat just about anything; they’ll also help themselves to the plants and vegetables in your garden …

The Dangers of Feeding Raccoons and Skunks

My Aunt Jan is a kind-hearted soul who never met an animal she didn’t immediately fall in love with. When she told me she had been feeding the raccoons that had seen scampering across her backyard, I certainly wasn’t surprised.

You’d think Aunt Jan would have learned her lesson after …

DIY Garden Pest Control

At the greenhouse, rarely does a day go by when I don’t hear at least one horror story about how invading animals have ruined someone’s vegetable garden. For many gardeners, a backyard garden is a labor of love, and the realization that all that hard work was for nothing can …

Common Garden Pests Identification

It’s inevitable — wherever there are gardens, there will also be pests! Even well-tended gardens are likely to experience a pest problem at one time or another.

Pests can cause plenty of damage, from nibbling on your plants and vegetables to creating holes and tunnels all over your property. Identifying …

Health Risks for Animals Around Plants

Health Risks for Animals Around Plants

Those rabbits, squirrels and other critters that hang around your backyard can do much more damage than just eating your plants, flowers and vegetables. Some of these wild animals can potentially be carrying disease that could threaten your health, as well as that of …

Vacation Wildlife Observation Tips

As someone who makes his living working with animals and an unabashed animal lover, there’s nothing I find more enjoyable than packing up the family and heading to a national park for a fun and educational vacation experience. It’s a great way to experience wildlife, such as bears, buffaloes, wolves …

How Weather Affects Animals in Your Yard

Unlike humans, animals don’t have the luxury of curling up with a good book next to the fireplace on a cold, rainy or snowy day. Although many animals are blessed with fur coats and other natural features that protect them from the elements, it doesn’t mean they enjoy being wet …

Protecting Your Campsite from Wild Animals

There’s nothing like the great outdoors to provide a welcome refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A camping trip with your family is an excellent way to relax, unwind and bond with nature. However, an unwanted late night visit to your tent from a skunk, raccoon or …

The Do’s and Don’ts of Feeding Wild Animals

Remember how much fun it was to go to the neighborhood park to feed the squirrels or pigeons when you were a kid, or to feed the animals at a petting zoo if the rules allowed? And if you’re a parent, there’s nothing better than to see the expression of …

The Raccoon in My House

Photo: Krista D.

I feed (and fix when I can afford it) feral cats….which brings raccoon family after raccoon family to my nice back yard, but I’d never had a raccoon in my house. I recently tried to get a very friendly small cat/kitten to come in by leaving a …

Momma Raccoon Removal

One summer a couple years ago in rural Mississippi, my husband and I had a little raccoon issue around our yard. We had always kept our cat food outside for easy access to feeding our pets, but kept noticing that it would just disappear from the area. We didn’t think …

My Momma Raccoon

Photo: Terry J. 

Can you have a raccoon as a pet? Some people would rather trap raccoons humanely with the help of a Havahart® Large 1-Door Easy Set® Trap, but I prefer treating them as pets! I have a momma raccoon that comes to eat cat food every night. …

Catching Racoons in the City

We want to share the following short story from one of our customers about the success he’s had using marshmallows to trap raccoons! – Havahart®

I’m really happy I bought my live animal trap. I’ve been having a problem for about a year with raccoons in a house I am …

How to Get Raccoons & Other Animals Out of Your House: Are You Inviting Unwanted Animals Without Knowing?

Why do you have unwanted animals on your property? There are many things homeowners do that may be invitations to unwanted animals, such as keeping pet dishes outside. It may seem obvious, but taking your pet’s food and water dishes inside can prevent hungry animals, including stray cats and dogs, …

What’s that Digging in My Garden?

When critters are digging in your garden, they make it very obvious. However, if you can’t catch a glimpse of the animal, knowing exactly what’s causing the destruction may not be as obvious. By identifying the perpetrator, you’ll know what kind of repellent to use, such as rabbit repellent or …

How to Get Rid of Raccoons

How to Get Rid of Raccoons

Throughout North America, raccoons are one of the most bothersome animals in suburban and country homes, and now even in city dwellings. From destroying your vegetable gardens to raiding trashcans, these critters are extremely adaptable in their destructive behavior. If you have ever seen …

This Raccoon Found An Open Door Policy

When it comes to determination and creativity in getting what they want, few species can top the raccoon. I’m an animal lover so when I saw a raccoon playing near my home with her young, I thought it was cute.

I wasn’t prepared for the raccoon in my garage though! …

Curse of the were raccoon

Our neighborhood is overrun with squirrels and raccoons. I’ve bought bird feeders that effectively keeps the squirrels out but not the raccoons. My Havahart single door collapsible live trap has been in storage for years – time to get it out and thin down the raccoon population. I bait the …

No More Garbage Can Raids in Our Neighborhood

Learn how to keep raccoons out of garbage at your house!

We learned the importance of knowing how to keep raccoons out of garbage the hard way.This past fall our neighborhood developed quite a raccoon problem. Especially around our garbage cans and our neighbor’s corn stand. In one night those …