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Smart Ways to Keep Raccoons Off Your Downspouts

Smart Ways to Keep Raccoons Off Your Downspouts

While raccoons are small, they can cause severe damage to your home. They often access interior spaces through gutters, downspouts and roofs. Fortunately, you can prevent them from invading your humble abode and causing destruction. 

Keep Raccoons Off Your Downspouts

A local roofing expert shares ways to keep raccoons from getting attracted to your property. 

Remove Food Sources

The main reason raccoons are attracted to your home is because of food. The risk of these creatures climbing your downspouts reduces without food sources. Avoid leaving pet food and water outside, especially during the night. Make it a habit to pick up fallen fruits from trees on your property as they can also make your property more appealing to pests and small animals. 

Keep Trees Trimmed

Trimming trees surrounding your home will help keep your gutters clean and save you on roof repair costs. Raccoons can use overgrown branches to get into your roof and attic. Another precaution you can take is to cover openings or access points like chimneys and vents with metal mesh. 

Cover Trash Cans

All trash cans must be secured and closed so pests cannot access them. Doing so will go a long way in keeping raccoons off your property. It will discourage the creatures from climbing your downspouts and disturbing your home.  

Invest in Pests Guards

Several types of pest guards are available to protect your gutters and downspouts from pests. They usually include nails or spikes that can hurt small animals if they attempt to climb over them. You can install a couple of them in your gutter system to avoid raccoon infestation. 

Whether you’re on the hunt for an experienced gutter installer or roofing contractor, you can turn to A1 Roofing & Construction. Call us at (401) 265-1019, or complete our contact form to get a free quote. We serve clients in Providence and Warwick, RI, as well as communities around New Bedford, MA.