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Raccoons

Raccoons make pests of themselves by getting into garbage cans, eating pet food, raiding gardens, and getting into attics and chimneys. They're also a major carrier of rabies in Florida.

But there are humane ways of living with them and preventing them from damaging your home or bringing harm to your family.

To reduce the attraction raccoons have for your landscape, don’t leave pet food outside and make sure there is no access to the chimney or underside of your house.

To protect edibles, an electric fence around that area of the garden may be the only solution. Repellents and noisemaking devices have limited, if any, effectiveness.

If a raccoon is getting aggressive or is appearing during the day, you may want to contact your local animal control service to see what treatment options you have.

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