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When I moved into my current home, I almost immediately noticed the roaches. While the place wasn’t overrun with them, I saw them far too often. For a few years, my husband and I tried almost every anti-roach product available on the market. We would enjoy success for a short duration. However, the roaches always came back. Then, a wonderful thing happened. We hired a pest control company to spray our home for termites. As a bonus, the chemicals used to prevent termites got rid of our roach issue. If you want to protect your family from harmful roaches, contact a local pest control entity today. On this blog, you will learn how to rid your home of roaches for good with the help of a pest control specialist.


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3-Step Guide To Naturally Keeping Raccoons Away From Your Trash Cans

Jennie Lucas

If raccoons keep invading your trash cans every night, you may wonder if there is anything you can do to deter them without hurting them. If so, use the following three-step guide to naturally keep the little night-time thieves away from your garbage.

Step 1:  Secure The Lid

The first step involves securing the lid so they cannot open up the trash can. Because raccoons are adept at breaking into things, you should use a double security system using bungee cords and a large rock.

First, attach two bungee cords across the top of the lid to form an "X." Then, place a large rock or a couple of brick in the center. Even if the little bandits are able to knock off the rock, they may have trouble getting through the stretchy cords.

Of course, keeping them away from the cans in the first place can keep them from making the attempt at getting through your barriers. A couple of deterrent methods are discussed in the next two steps.

Step 2:  Sprinkle A Deterrent Around The Base

This step involves sprinkling a deterrent around the base of your trash cans. This is done using nature's marking tool, which is urine. When the raccoons smell the urine, they assume another animal, sometimes a predator, has already marked the territory and could be hiding.

There are two ways to mark your cans with urine scent. The first method is to save your own urine, then sprinkle it around the cans. However, if you are uncomfortable doing this, you can also use straight ammonia cleaner. Since ammonia is the primary ingredient in urine, the odor is similar. 

Once you have marked your cans with the method of your choice, go on to the next step.

Step 3:  Hang Blinking Lights On The Trash Can

After letting your urine or the ammonia dry, the next step is to hang blinking lights, such as Christmas lights, around the trash can. The constant blinking of the lights creates a sense of motion, which could trick the raccoons into thinking you or another animal is around.

To keep the raccoons from seeing the same pattern every night and possibly figuring out the deception, change the position of the lights every other night.

Using the steps above should help keep your nightly furry bandits out of your garbage cans. However, if you have a few persistent raccoons, you may want to contact a pest control company that specializes in residential wildlife to have them permanently remove your unwanted visitors. You can also visit sites like for more information.