5 Ways To Keep Raccoons Out Of Your Apartment Building

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5 Ways to Keep Raccoons out of Your Apartment BuildingAs a property manager, you can use anything from credit reports to background checks to find the perfect tenants for your complex, but there’s no set of documents that can help you filter out the wrong wildlife. When raccoons infest your apartment building, they can quickly rack up expenses and drive out renters—so we’ve gathered five tips to help turn them in the other direction.

Establish Rules

If you want to keep raccoons out of your apartment building, don’t allow behaviors or actions that might tempt them to enter. For example, if you allow pets in your complex, write a clause in each lease that requires pet owners to store all pet food and water inside. Or, if some of your tenants have green thumbs, add a garden clean up clause asking them to keep their fruits and vegetables off of the ground.

Install Spotlights

Motion-activated sprinklers are a great tool to keep raccoons out, but they can also push renters away. Fortunately, you can install other devices that can deter raccoons and actually make your tenants feel safer. Consider installing a motion-activated spotlight to shine whenever a two- or four-legged passerby approaches; this will spook raccoons and unwanted trespassers from loitering on your property.

Make Updates

If your old chain link fence is torn, tattered, or tilting, it’s time for an upgrade. But a new fence isn’t just a pretty installment; it’s a two-in-one investment. A tall, slick fence will give raccoons a tough time by creating a barrier they can’t climb. Similarly, the right fence can also make your renters feel secure and attract potential ones looking for a safe place to rent.

Seal Entryways

Even if you install a state-of-the-art security system and 24-hour surveillance cameras, you’ll still lock your front door to keep strangers from walking in. You can turn the same theory into a working concept for wildlife by sealing any entryway that raccoons could use for easy access. To create a final line of protection for your complex, fill or repair any holes, gaps, or cracks along the perimeter of your building.

Call Critter Control®

If you want to keep your complex in tip-top condition, partner with the wildlife professionals at Critter Control® of Tampa. With over 15 years of experience serving Tampa businesses and residences, our highly trained technicians can inspect your area to create a personalized plan for prevention. For more information or a free consultation, call us today at 813-948-0870.

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