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Raccoons In Trash

Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC.

A full-service animal wildlife trapping, removal and pest control company – Licensed and Insured!

Raccoons In Trash

Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC.

A full-service animal wildlife trapping, removal and pest control company – Licensed and Insured!

Raccoons In Trash

raccoons in trash - raccoon captured in a cage trap in the back yard

Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC., is Licensed and Insured, and Provides Both Residential and Commercial Raccoon Removal Services.

raccoons in trashRACCOONS IN TRASH

This is our comprehensive guide on raccoons in trash and garbage cans and how to solve this messy problem. We get a lot of these calls in the Henrico, Richmond, Midlothian, & Charlottesville Virginia areas.

If you’re dealing with pesky raccoons that keep getting into your trash, you’re not alone. Raccoons are notorious for their love of garbage, and they can cause quite a mess when they get into your garbage bins. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about raccoons getting into trash, from why they do it to how to prevent them from coming back.

Why Do Raccoons Get Into Trash?

Raccoons are omnivores, which means they eat both meat and plants. However, they have a particular fondness for human food, especially if it’s easily accessible. Trash cans provide an easy meal for raccoons, especially if they’re not properly secured or if there are food scraps and leftovers in the bin.

When raccoons get into your trash, they can cause a lot of damage. They’ll tear open bags and scatter garbage all over your property. This not only creates a mess, but it can also attract other wildlife, such as rats and skunks.

How to Prevent Raccoons from Getting Into Your Trash

There are several things you can do to prevent raccoons from getting into your trash. Here are some tips:

  1. Use a Secure Lid: Make sure your trash can has a secure lid that’s difficult for raccoons to open. If you have a plastic bin, consider adding bungee cords or other fasteners to keep the lid in place.
  2. Clean Your Bins: Be sure to clean your trash cans regularly to remove any lingering food smells that may attract raccoons.
  3. Use a Trash Can with Locking Mechanisms: Some trash cans come with locking mechanisms that prevent raccoons from opening them. Consider investing in one of these if you’re dealing with persistent raccoon problems.
  4. Don’t Leave Trash Out Overnight: Try to avoid leaving your trash out overnight, as this is when raccoons are most active. Instead, put your bins out on the morning of trash pickup day.
  5. Use Repellents: According to some people, there are several natural repellents you can use to keep raccoons away from your trash. These include cayenne pepper, ammonia, and vinegar. You can also purchase commercial raccoon repellents at your local hardware store. Based on experience, none of these repellents work.

In conclusion, raccoons getting into trash and garbage cans is a real problem, but there are plenty of ways to prevent them from getting into your bins. By using a secure lid, cleaning your bins regularly, and using natural or commercial repellents (not recommended), you can keep raccoons away and prevent them from causing a mess on your property.


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Our Service Areas in Virginia

We provide wildlife removal, wildlife control, animal removal, animal control, animal trapping and pest control services throughout Virginia including the following counties, cities and towns: Afton, Albemarle County, Alexandria, Amelia County, Annandale, Arlington, Ashburn, Ashland, Barboursville, Bellwood, Belmont, Bensley, Bermuda Hundred, Bon Air, Boyd Tavern, Brandermill, Bumpass, Burke, Central VA, Centreville, Chamberlain, Charlottesville, Chesapeake, Chester, Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, Crozet, Cuckoo, CVille, Dale City, Doswell, Dumbarton, Earlysville, East Highland Park, Enon, Ettrick, Fairfax, Fair Oaks, Ferncliff, Fluvanna County, Fredericksburg, Genito, Glen Allen, Glenora, Goochland County, Gordonsville, Gum Spring, Hadensville, Hampton, Hampton Park, Hanover County, Harrisonburg, Harrogate, Hening, Henrico County, Highland Springs, Hopewell, Innsbrook, Jefferson Davis, Kents Store, Keswick, Lake Anna, Lake Monticello, Lake Ridge, Lakeside, Laurel, Leesburg, Lewiston, Lignum, Locust Grove, Louisa County, Maidens, Manakin, Manakin-Sabot, Manassas, Manchester, McLean, Montrose, Motoaca, Meadowbrook, Mechanicsville, Midlothian, Mineral, Moseley, Newport News, Norfolk, North Courthouse, Northern Virginia, North Garden, NoVA, Oilville, Orange County, Palmyra, Pantops, Petersburg, Portsmouth, Powhatan County, Reams, Reston, Richmond, Richmond County, Robious, Rockville, Rockwood, RVA, Salisbury, Sandston, Sandy Hook, Scottsville, Shannon Hill, Short Pump, South Rockwood, Spring Run, Staunton, Stoney Point, Suffolk, Tidewater, Troy, Tuckahoe, Va, Varina, Virginia, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Winterpock, Woodlake, Wyndham, and the surrounding areas of Virginia.


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We here at Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services know how difficult and stressful it is to have raccoons in your home, so that’s why we offer our professional services to all the residents of Virginia. We’ll make sure to remove these pesky animals before they cause too much damage, and we will keep your home in excellent condition. So make sure to contact us today at (804) 457-2883 to learn more about our raccoon removal services!



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VPWRS Can Solve Your Problems!

  1. Scratching Noises In Your Attic, Walls, Or Crawlspace?
  2. Unwanted Animal Wildlife In Your Home, Business or Property?
  3. Bats In Your Attic?
  4. Birds In Your Dryer And Bathroom Vents?
  5. Problem Bird Or Bat Infestation?
  6. Animals In Your Chimney Or Fireplace?
  7. Digging In Your Lawn Or Under Your House, Deck Or Garage?
  8. Dead Animal Problems?
  9. Animal Odor Problems?
  10. Chewing Sounds In Your Attic Or Crawl Space?
  11. Animals Damaging Your Wiring, Insulation, Fascia, Soffits, And The Wood In Your Home?
  12. Animal Feces Removal?
  13. Attic Restorations And Clean-Up Needed?
  14. Raccoons In The Attic?

VPWRS Extensive Services

Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services provides nuisance wildlife removal, animal control, predator control, pest control, nuisance wildlife exclusion, and wildlife clean-up services.


We have experience handling bats, beavers, birds, Canada geese, chipmunks, coyotes, deer, foxes, groundhogs, mice, moles, raccoons, rats, opossums, otters, skunks, squirrels, snakes, voles, muskrats, bobcats, Copperhead snakes, pigeons, and other species of Virginia wildlife.


We operate our business within accepted industry standards and best practices, and in accordance with local, state, and federal laws.

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