How to get rid of raccoons safely

A new wildlife rescue organization is educating the public about the benefits of evicting rather than trap and release especially at the height of raccoon mating season.

Mockingbird Café Owner Alicein Schwabacher is all set to reopen to the public Tuesday, but in the weeks her shop was closed, some critters found a spot outside the café to call home. “There wasn’t a lot activity here and spring was coming, a little raccoon mama came and had babies in one of our eaves and I was out putting in the hose and I heard this little clicks and I was like ‘what in the world.’”

That’s when Schwabacher turned to a new local rescue group for help getting rid of a raccoon nest in a safe and humane manner.

Woodside Wildlife Rescue Group Founder Paula Woodside says the process of eviction makes the raccoon’s nest simply an unpleasant environment, allowing them to leave on their own rather than dropped off in unfamiliar territory. “We introduce light, sound, and scent to coax the mama or the raccoons out of the dwelling that they’re in and it’s usually your attic or in this case place of business.”

Among many things, flashing amber light is one of the processes used to evict raccoons from their nest. You can even evict critters yourself with items easily purchased at stores or found around the house such as sonic boxes, fox urine, and by taking other precautions outside. “These animals are coming into your yards as a result of the homeowner’s conditioning them. You leave out cat food, dog food, you have bird feeders, you’re inviting these animals in, and the animals are going for a safe, easy environment.”

With the raccoons gone from their nest at her café, Schwabacher is glad to know how to prevent nests in the future. “I’m happy to be educated on this, that this is the best way, the best practice for the animals because they were here first.”

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