Get Rid of Raccoons in the Yard

racoons in yardRaccoons are intelligent and adaptable, as illustrated by their widespread presence in the United States, so property owners from both rural and urban communities are likely to encounter them. Backyards make for enticing nesting sites because they provide the pests with access to both food and shelter. Garbage bins, pet food, and gardens are all bursting with potential meals, and raccoons in the yard can den in tree holes, tree crotches, holes in the ground, and various nooks and crannies located around homes.

Signs of a Raccoon in the Backyard

Signs that raccoons are in the backyard include ransacked trash cans, empty bird feeders, tracks, the presence of urine and feces, and garden damage. Their unique ability to grasp objects with their opposable thumbs coupled with their natural curiosity frequently leads raccoons to break into homes and outdoor sheds. Finally, expensive landscaping is often damaged in the pest’s search for insects found in the soil.

Dangers & Removal

While they’re cute, the presence of raccoons exposes property owners to several dangers. In addition to causing widespread aesthetic destruction in yards, raccoons carry many diseases. Rabies poses a particularly pressing threat as unsupervised pets, in addition to neighborhood residents, are at risk of contracting the disease. Given any sign of raccoons in the backyard, individuals should contact local pest control services. Professionals have the tools and experience necessary to both remove and help safeguard private properties against raccoons in the yard.

Questions Customers Have About Raccoons in Yard


I have a raccoon that has been coming in my yard during the day and at night. This past weekend he would not run from me. Nothing I did scared him away. I have outdoor cats but take the food away at night. Now, he comes during the morning feedings. I have elderly parents and a handicapped son, and they come over every day to take care of him but are now afraid of the raccoon. How much would it cost to remove him/her?

-Tampa, FL


Raccoons are very opportunistic animals and the behavior you’re describing is very common for raccoons that are used to receiving an easy meal. With that being said, it is imperative to handle the situation before an unfortunate interaction might occur, either with your outside cats or your family. While raccoons are primarily nocturnal animals, they will also get things done during the day and a free meal is one of those things. While walking around in the daytime is not necessarily an indication of rabies, one must always have the safety of their pets and family in mind and let these animal issues be handled by a trained wildlife technician.

As you can imagine, no two raccoon issues are the same and there may be more going on at your property than meets the eye. The proper course of action would be for your Trutech Wildlife Technician to inspect your property to gather as much information as possible. At that time, we can set down a course of action that might include trapping/removal as well as deterrents to try to keep this from happening in the future.