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Why do Raccoons Eat Trash?

Raccoon in Trash CanRaccoons are well-known for being expert dumpster divers. But, why do these little bandits frequent our trash cans? Raccoons, especially in urban areas, love to jump in or knock over trash cans for food. This article will explore why raccoons scavenge through our garbage, and how to reduce the risk of them making a mess in your bins.

Country vs City Raccoons

In the wild, raccoons have a diverse, omnivorous diet. They will hunt for fish, frogs, insects, small rodents, and bird eggs. They can eat a variety of plants, including wild berries and nuts. However, a raccoon in the countryside may have to travel up to 15 miles to find sufficient food.
Raccoons that live in urban areas can find bountiful meals in the trash. Because of this, they may only have to travel up to a ¼ mile to find enough food. While urban areas pose their own challenges, such as dodging cars and avoiding humans, food can be found almost anywhere.

What Trash do Raccoons Eat?

Raccoons are not picky eaters, so they will feast on pretty much anything in your trash can, as long as it isn’t spoiled. Despite being scavenging creatures, raccoons tend to avoid rotten food unless absolutely necessary. Raccoons will eat plant and meat scraps they can find. They can easily dig through other items in the trash to get to the food scraps.

Securing your Garbage Cans

Raccoons can make quite a large mess in order to get the food in your trash bin. To avoid cleaning up after these pesky dumpster divers, there are a few ways you can secure your trash bins. First, consider investing in animal-proof bins. Raccoon-proof bins with locking covers can reduce the risk of wild animals eating your garbage and making a mess. If you live in an area with bears, you may want to consider going a step further and investing in bear-proof trash cans.
Securing your bins can be a good way to limit mealtime at your trash cans. If your bins do not have locking lids, consider using a bungee cord to secure the tops. Because raccoons like to knock over cans, consider tying them to your fence when not out on the curb. Raccoons can scare easy, and do not like bright light. Motion sensor flood lights by your garbage pails can scare these critters away.

Safety and Raccoons

If there is a raccoon in your trash, do not approach or corner it. Raccoons can attack if they feel threatened. Instead, make loud noises from afar. Often, this will be enough to scare it off. If the raccoon does not leave, move away safely and call a humane animal removal specialist. Do not engage the raccoon. Raccoons can carry a number of diseases, including rabies. If you or a loved one is attacked by a raccoon, wash the wound with soap and warm water, and seek medical attention.

We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, opossums, and other pests in the New York/New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Does My Attic Need Repairs After Animal Exclusion?

After an animal lives in your attic, it will probably need some major repairs and clean up. If your home was invaded by raccoons, bats, squirrels, or other critters; you may need some serious work. Animals can create several issues that need to be addressed, from contamination to fire hazards.


When wild animals are removed from your attic, it is vital to find entry points and repair them immediately. If left open, these entryways can allow other animals to move right in.

Animal Waste and Parasites

Everybody poops, and the pests living in your attic are no exception. Wild animals can be the host to an array of bacteria and parasites that can be expelled via fecal matter. This waste can seep through the attic floor or flow into your air ducts, which can harm you and your family’s health. Professional waste removal is an important step in keeping your family safe after an exclusion.

Oil Stains

Pests, like rats, have oily fur that can stain surfaces in your home. This can ruin surfaces in your home and is commonly seen around entry points used by the pests. Additionally, these stains have been known to attract other pests, as they mark potential points of entry for other critters.

Structural Damage

Wild animals may cause further damage to make a nest, or even to travel throughout your home. They may gnaw on support beams or scratch up wooden surfaces. Rodents like rats, mice, and squirrels like to burrow through fiberglass insulation to go into the walls. This can create drafts and cause your energy bills to rise.

Damage to Stored Items

Items stored in the attic are often damaged or destroyed by pest animals. They usually dig through boxes and bags for scraps of cloth or paper to built nests. This can ruin stored items. These items may be soiled by urine or waste from the animals as well. Proper disposal of damaged or soiled items is essential to cleaning up your home after exclusion.

New York/New Jersey Wildlife Removal Inc.offers repair and clean up services for homes and businesses after wild animal exclusion. For more information regarding our cleaning and repair services, click here.
We specialize in the humane removal of birds, rats, and other pests in the New York/New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Home Protection in the Fall

Squirrel running across the top of a wooden fence with a red brick house, window and ivy in the background. Wildlife, animal, nature.As the Summer comes to a close, it is important to prepare your home for the Fall season. It is important to maintain your home, to prevent pests from moving onto your property. In the Fall and Winter, many pest animals, such as raccoons and squirrels, look for a warm place to outlast the cold weather. Unfortunately, your home could be prime real estate for a lot of critters.

Cleaning the Gutters

The gutters on your home can get easily filled and blocked by fallen leaves in Autumn. This can weigh down your gutters and damage the eaves of your home. These cracks and damage can, in turn, create an entryway for pest animals such as mice or squirrels. Gutter damage can give these animals access to the attic or the spaces within your walls.

Secure the Shed

Your shed or garage can provide pest animals with a dry, weather-proof shelter for the Winter months. It is important to inspect your shed or garage to make sure that there aren’t any potential entry points for wild animals. Cracks in the walls or damage to the doors can be exploited by pest animals. Mice and rats can squeeze through extremely small spaces, as wide as a dime. Your shed should have secure, sturdy doors that can withstand winter weather, as well as potential damage from critters.

Roof Damage

Your roof can often be a major source of problems with pests because you probably don’t look at it too often. Usually, homeowners only notice roof damage when leaks cause interior damage. Rooftop inspections can help reduce future damage to your home while reducing the chances of a pest animal roosting your attic.

Yard Debris

Debris in the yard, such as piles of branches and sticks, can provide partial shelter for a variety of pests. And, when hidden by snowfall, yard debris can create a potential source of injury on your property. Yard debris should be cleaned up as soon as possible, to prevent injury or unwanted wildlife.

We specialize in the humane removal of birds, rats, and other pests in the New York/New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

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