You installed that doggie door in order to make your life more convenient. After all, who wants to get up every 45 minutes to let the dog in and out of the backyard? Unfortunately, you forgot about another small animal that’s more than happy to use the doggie door as well — the raccoon!
Having raccoons enter your home is more than just a nuisance, it can be a health hazard as well. Raccoons are known to carry a number of harmful diseases, including salmonella, roundworms, and other disease-causing bacteria. They can also pose a danger to your pets and family that happen to be in the home.
Fortunately, there are some simple and straightforward ways to stop raccoons from using the doggie door as their own personal entrance into your house.
Remove Food Sources Around Your Home
One of the main reasons raccoons enter your home is because they are hungry and they smell food. It’s important to keep dog food (and people food) as far away from the doggie door as possible. This means keeping trash away from the area as well. That way, the raccoons won’t be as attracted to walking through the doggie door.
Use Nontoxic Raccoon Repellent
There are a number of great raccoon repellents available on the market. While some of them are toxic, you don’t have to buy poison to get rid of raccoons. Instead, choose an effective and highly rated nontoxic repellent. This helps protect your dog from accidentally eating a toxic repellent as well, as it’s safe for pets. We here at Critter Ridder have humane policies and never use chemicals or poisons to get rid of animals in your home.
Lock the Doggie Door
Although it might not always be possible to lock the doggie door, it still might make sense to close it at certain times. For example, if you are going away for the weekend, have a trusted neighbor come over to let your dog in and out instead of just leaving the doggie door open the entire time.
Hire a Professional to Remove Animals from Your Home
Keeping raccoons from using your doggie door is important, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. In addition to the suggestions listed above, you can also try things such as installing motion lights near the doggie door in order to keep raccoons out. The key is to find out what works best for you. But if a raccoon does get inside your home, it’s important you call a professional to safely get the animal out of your home.