If you live in a house, or near a park you probably know how difficult it can be to get rid of raccoons. Once they learn where the easily accessible food is, they will add your property into their daily round. If you ever tried to get rid of raccoons then you know it is not all that easy unless you use a good animal repellent.
Raccoons often create havoc during their visits. These are not very shy animals and they are not afraid to visit your garden or enter your garage and even attic. A visit by raccoons in the attic is not a pleasant discovery. Once they settle into the routine of paying you nightly visits, deterring raccoons can be difficult.
The North American raccoon is generally known as ‘ring-tailed’ raccoon. The raccoon species found in South America is referred to as ‘crab-eating’ raccoons. Both types are usually found near water bodies. All types of raccoons are also found bang in the center of human habitation. They are some of the most commonly found and easily recognizable animals in the US.
These mammals are very adaptable and smart which is why you have use a clever raccoon deterrent strategy against them. Being omnivorous, they will eat just about anything and are as happy feeding on nuts, or frogs, as they are feasting on the junkfood remains in your trash can!
They are experts at getting into your buildings and will make themselves comfortable in your backyard shed, attic or garage. Any comfortable corner on your property will do. Once they settle in, you will have a harder time to get rid of the raccoons from your property.
5 ways for getting rid of ’em
What the best method of deterring raccoons is will depend on where you live and where your home is situated. Here are 5 example methods that will help you stop raccoons.
Trapping: One method for getting rid of raccoons is by trapping them. A good raccoon trap is, by far the most effective method to stop raccoons. Still, we do not recommend this technique for several reasons. It is not a raccoon repellent (it does not stop them from coming into your yard), a trap may hurt the animal and on top of this, raccoons are tough and strong and they do not get caught easily. The trap has to be built of durable materials and be sturdy enough to withstand teeth and claws. We also do not suggest you use this method because trapping a raccoon is not legal in many states and may harm the animal even though you release it. Also, keep in mind that trapping and relocating any type of animal is illegal in most states, and one would require a permit to do so. If you still want to try trapping the Havahart Cage Trap for Raccoon is a model that works.
Since raccoons eat anything, setting up bait is not difficult. From canned meat to fish to fruits to the KFC leftovers; anything will do for a raccoon. We do not recommend it but if you do trap a raccoon you must not kill it. Catch and release is the right way. Just make sure you release it far enough from your home to keep it from getting back. Take it at least 10 miles away to a raccoon-friendly environment. Be careful though, raccoons do bite.
Deny raccoons access to your trash: Keeping your garbage out of the reach of raccoons is one of the simplest raccoon deterrent strategies you can implement right away. To start with, get a good trash bin which has a solid lid, preferably one that has a latch such as the Suncast Outdoor Trash Hideaway. Make sure your trash bin is not too tall and that it has a wide base so that the raccoons can´t topple it. Raccoons, as a rule, will not come to places where they do not find food. If you can´t find a suitable trash can, consider building a enclosed shed for it. There are also several types of small raccoon safe storage sheds for sale that efficiently hide your garbage cans from animals and keep your garden looking tidy. Raccoons are smart animals and they will soon learn that there is no food for the taking in your yard and go somewhere else.
Keep your yard clean: Do not leave food or bird dishes out in the yard or porch at night because it will become a snack for raccoons. The same applies to any barbecue leftovers on the grill. If you have fruit trees in your yard, be sure to rake away the fallen fruit because the ripe smell attracts these mammals. Rake your yard as often as you can so that you keep these pests away. Never ever leave your pet dog or cat food out in the open.
Keep them out with a fence: In the ideal world, putting up a fence should keep a raccoon out, but raccoons are good climbers. Raccoons will also manage to dig under most fences. If you decide to use a fence as a raccoon repellent then you need a tall fence with no, or very small openings. Make sure you dig at least 2 feet before setting your chain-link fence to keep the raccoons from digging under it. We do not suggest you use a electric fence for any number of reasons, including it is illegal in many areas and you may harm both animals and people. Fencing your yard is a lot of work, comes at a cost and disrupts the view so this is a method that is not for everyone.
Automatic tool to scare a raccoon away: A raccoon can cause a lot of problems, and the best method to stop these little rascals is to scare them away often enough. Sooner or later, they get the idea. The most effective method for getting rid of raccoons is to use a motion activated scarecrow sprinkler such as the Contech CRO101 deterrent sprinkler. Over 3000 positive reviews of this raccoon deterrent says it all. What it does is spray a quick burst of common water on the offender. This works every single time and is completely automated.
The bonus of this type of autopilot raccoon deterrent is that it works on other animals too, from birds to deer to stray dogs and cats. A scarecrow sprinkler is a very effective animal repellent and our recommended weapon for getting rid of raccoons.