How Do You Get A Raccoon Out Of Your House
How To Get Rid Of Raccoons Naturally From Your Yard (8 Clever Methods)
- 1 How To Get Rid Of Raccoons Naturally From Your Yard (8 Clever Methods)
- 2 How Do You Get Rid of Raccoons in Your Yard?
- 3 Transform Your Garbage Bin into an Impenetrable Vault Out
- 4 Shoo Them Away With Water
- 5 A tall fence, no offense
- 6 Natural Home Remedies and Deterrents
- 7 7 Preventive Measures against Raccoons
- 8 Raccoons in the House
Last Updated: April 19, 2018
The raccoon, this Zorro of the animal realm with a mysterious mask on his eyes, is the exact opposite of a gentleman. He is a vandal. A reckless creature that eats anything and destroys for fun. Or out of contempt. Or out of habit. Or a lack of manners. As cute as they are, as mischievous they can be.
You will find raccoons in your garbage, throwing everything out like he wouldn’t care; in your garden, munching on your veggies and stomping on the ones they don’t care for; in your attic, where they sneak in, install, and declared it their home.
Raccoons can throw you into the pit of despair. You’ve had enough cleaning after their mess in your yard. Enough is enough. How to get rid of raccoons naturally?
You will discover 8 harmless, natural, non-toxic, safe, and effective (well, some more effective than others) and several preventive measures to make raccoons go away from your yard and garden and never see them again.
How Do You Get Rid of Raccoons in Your Yard?
You want to get rid of raccoons but you don’t want to harm them. There are many methods you can try. So, let’s see how to get rid of raccoons without killing them.
Transform Your Garbage Bin into an Impenetrable Vault Out
Seriously, you need to put the tour Eiffel on your garbage lid, so no raccoon on steroids can lift it, no matter how hard he tries and how smart he is. Because, you know, raccoons are very, very clever, persistent, and creative.
Forget about that bin with loose lids. Raccoons will find a way to take it off and then savagely ravage out of the garbage and all over your yard.
- Since they didn’t invent garbage vaults yet, you’d better buy a strong metal or plastic bin with a thick tight-fitting lid.
- For extra security and safety, add a lock on the lid, a smart device that only you can unlock.
- If you find the above-mentioned solutions too expensive for your budget or too much for just a raccoon, put extra weight on your garbage lid, to make it impossible for raccoons to lift it, no matter how clever they might be.
- Or pour Ammonia on top of the lid. The smell of ammonia will repel raccoons.
Shoo Them Away With Water
Since we’re talking about devices, how about a motion activated sprinkler? The sprinklers are activated when they sense movement (like a raccoon sneaking in) and they spray a mist of water (on economic mode) and make a noise that is meant to scare the raccoons away from your property.
To stay on budget, you can get solar powered units.
This is probably the best way to get rid of raccoons.
A tall fence, no offense
Raccoons are great climbers. So, how can you build a fence that they can’t get over? How to make raccoons leave before they even enter your property?
- An electric fence (with faint electric impulses, just to scare raccoons away, not to kill them) would work, but it’s rather a complicated (and expensive) matter. You can try.
- It seems raccoon don’t like beech trees, as these are difficult to climb on, having a smooth surface. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Beech fence! A tall, smooth, beech fence to stops the raccoons right at the border of your territory.
- PVC fences work equally well.
What are you waiting for? Proceed!
Note: some say that raccoons may dig underneath the fence to get on the other side if they can’t climb on it. Then, install the fence deeper in the ground.
Natural Home Remedies and Deterrents
Drop It Like it’s Hot
Well, chili is a great raccoon deterrent home remedy for your garden. However, keep in mind that you have to be two times more persistent than raccoons, to win the battle. And believe me, raccoons are very, very persistent. They keep trying. And trying. And trying even more. And if you don’t step back (and keep using chili to deter them from your plants), raccoons will give up and leave your property to find an easier place to get food.
How to discourage raccoons to eat from your garden?
Make a mixture of chili or hot pepper powder with water, then add it in a spray bottle. Spray the soil and the plants, to stop raccoons from eating them.
You can also use other hot peppers like jalapenos, cayenne, etc. Cinnamon works very well, too. And you don’t even need to make a concoction with it, you can spread the powder on the soil, around trees, everywhere you’ve seen raccoons. You get the idea.
- Keep in mind that these hot peppers may irritate the eyes, mouth, and skin of any other animal (think your pets) that comes in contact with it, or of your kids and family (including you).
- After it rains you need to reapply the hot concoction on your garden, which may be time and money consuming.
Garlic is great in deterring raccoons from your garden. Why?
Raccoons detest garlic. Then, sprinkle garlic powder in your garden. It’s true that your tomatoes might come on your table already seasoned and smelling like garlic, but it’s okay, since you have them on your table, and not the raccoons in their paws.
Would you like eating soap? Nope. Well, neither do raccoons.
Blend a handmade soap (all-natural, with no chemicals – you’re going to spray your future food with it, remember?) in a food processor with 1-2 liters of water.
Then add the soapy liquid in a spray bottle and proceed to spray your plants in the garden.
Note: the natural soap is a natural insecticide for many other pests in your garden. So, you shoot two birds with one soap.
Salt That Raccoon
Epsom salt is one of the smells that raccoons don’t like, apparently. Spread Epsom salt in your garden, to protect your plants. Know that your plants will be very happy about it, as Epsom salt is beneficial for vegetables, bringing important nutrients to the soil, like magnesium.
Reapply Epsom salt in your garden after it rains.
That’s how to get rid of raccoons naturally.
Big dogs can scare the raccoons. However, raccoons can scare small or medium dogs. So, the bigger the better in this case. Dogs can be trained to chase raccoons away from your yard. Although they will instinctively do that when they see one around.
So, keeping a dog in your yard can be a natural, inexpensive, safe way to deter raccoons from your property.
7 Preventive Measures against Raccoons
- Never leave the garbage bin uncovered (duh!). An open bin is like an unwritten invitation to dinner for small animals like raccoons, rats, mice, or squirrels.
- Keep garbage bins with the lid closed and secured with weight, ropes, or locks.
- Raccoons have a thing for pet food. If you have pets outdoor, take their food and water bowl inside the house during the night.
- Harvest vegetables, as soon as ripen, pick fruits and nuts as soon as they fall on the ground. Otherwise, raccoons would be thrilled to eat these and will consider your yard a food haven.
- Put a mesh fence around your deck or porch to prevent raccoons from hiding underneath.
- Check you fences often to spot any damage or holes and be able to repair them quickly, before raccoons spot them first and take advantage of them.
- Don’t get near raccoons, as they may have rabies.
Knowing how to get rid of raccoons naturally in your yard and garden is the only way to deter these pesky, but cute animals without harming them. I have provided many viable, effective methods that you can use fast starting right now.
Jane Scott grew up on a farm in California and is a crossover between a country girl and an evangelist for healthier living. She’s a nutritionist who preaches that healthy living need not be complicated.
She believes that by exercising regularly, eating mostly non-processed foods (with plenty of vegetables), and using home remedies for the small things and doctor’s advice for the big things, almost anybody can feel great and live a happier and healthier life. She’s excited to share her knowledge of natural remedies and healthier living on HRFL.
In her spare time, Jane enjoys cooking and watching bad rom-coms. She also loves nuts, and is a bit of a nut herself when it comes to Yoga, which she’s a little too obsessed with in the opinion of her friends and family.
Barb Collister says
We have a outside cat who has a a little house. The raccoons normally just come on our patio and look for food (which we pick up every night) and then leave when they don’t find any. Now we see they are now entering our cats house now. My question is how can we get rid of them without affecting our cat?
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Raccoons in the House
Raccoons are not really wild animals. They are urban animals. Raccoons are FAR more common in cities and suburbs than they are in undeveloped natural areas. Just like rats. Thus, raccoon-human encounters are very common. Raccoons are smart, curious, and agile, and they need a place to live, so they very often break into a house.
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Raccoons can live in and cause problems in many areas of the house. I’ll start with the bottom up.
Raccoons in the Basement of the House: This is not terribly common, but it can happen. Like any part of a house, a basement is a decent place to live, because it’s enclosed and protected from the elements. Even if the basement is cold and damp, it’s likely warmer and dryer than the outside, especially at night. And of course, mother raccoons want a safe place to raise their young. You can actually set traps in the basement, but you’ll have better luck trapping outside, near the entry hole. Read more about the basement.
Raccoons in the Crawl Space of a House: I’ve seen raccoons living in the crawlspace under a house many times. If a home is elevated, with a crawl space underneath, and there’s an easy opening, it’s an open invitation for raccoons, cats, opossums, and other animals to live under there, just like under a deck or shed. The key, as usual, is to find the opening(s) and seal them shut, either when the animal is out, or when it’s been trapped or removed. Read more about the crawl space.
Raccoons in the Living Space of a House: If you are unfortunate enough to have a raccoon in your home, inside the living space, such as the kitchen or living room, be careful. Raccoons aren’t necessarily aggressive, but they are relatively fearless, and they will defend themselves if necessary. It’s not common for a raccoon to get in the house, but it does happen. I’ve even heard of cases of a raccoon in the bedroom. The four most common ways are: 1) Through an open pet door — to prevent this, don’t leave tempting pet food out all the time. 2) Through an open fireplace and chimney damper, if they entered the chimney. 3) Falling or chewing through the ceiling or wall, if they were living in the attic or walls. 4) Simply through an open door or window. If a raccoon does get in your home, leave it alone! Any attempt to fight it might result in injury! Keep your pets away! Open every window and door that you can find, and let the animal find its own way out. Or call a pro off of my list, and he will be able to come get it safely, with a snare pole.
In terms of entry areas, some people want to know Do Raccoon Open Doors and Windows, and while they can, they more frequently enter buildings via roof or soffit areas, or vents. They want to get into the attic, not the living space.
Raccoons in the Walls of the House: Fairly common, especially if the mother wants a safe place to stash young. They usually enter from the attic space, and crawl down the wall. Read more about the wall.
Raccoons in the Ceiling of the House: Unless it’s the ceiling between floors, you’re just hearing raccoons walking in the attic, on the ceiling material (sheetrock). Read more about the ceiling.
Raccoons in the Attic of the House: The home page of this site has all the information you could ever want to know regarding the safe and effective removal of raccoons from the attic of your home. They can get into the attic many different ways. One common way is raccoons climbing the downspout. This is a very easy way, like climbing a tree, for a raccoon to get onto the roof and the vulnerable areas into the attic. Read more about the attic.
Raccoons in the Roof of the House: In my experience, if a raccoon is on the roof, it’s either looking for a way to get into the attic, or it already has one. But in some cases, these animals are just exploring for food, or they have found some little nook, like an eave, to sleep under. I even found one roof that was so covered in debris — old sticks and leaves and such — that raccoons were nesting in it. Read more about the roof.
Raccoons in the Chimney of the House: A chimney is a fine place for a coon to live; it’s like a big old hollow tree. It’s usually easier to get them out of a chimney than other areas of the house, but now always, depending on the architecture of your home. Be sure to leave your damper shut, or else the raccoon(s) could crawl out, and into your living room! Read more about the chimney.
What to do if you have a raccoon in your house — There are two kinds of raccoons in a house: the ones that are in there on accident and the ones that want to make your home their home. If you have a raccoon that wandered in through the pet door or an open window, your best tactic is to open your door and then herd the animal outside. Most raccoons will be just as scared to be inside your home as you are to have them in there. Shooing the critter out with a broom probably wonвЂ™t be too difficult. If, for some reason, the raccoon decides to hide in your bathroom, lodged behind your toilet, you should call a wildlife removal company to come and get it. You should never risk tangling with a raccoon. If it isnвЂ™t easily coaxed to the door, donвЂ™t try to harass it or antagonize it. The raccoon that is living in your attic is a different matter. This raccoon needs to be trapped and removed, and the home needs to be repaired. Most states require raccoon trapping to be done by a professional with a special license. Employing an expert will also ensure no babies are left behind somewhere in the building.
Actual Situation: Last night it seemed as if someone was moving around in my attic. quite scary. just in time for holloween. In any event I went out on my deck in the dark to see if some animal was walking on the roof when from behind me something swished by ..an animal. and headed towards the stairway. The stream of light from my next door neighbor showed me that it was a RACOON. It stopped. looked and me. and scurried across the lawn and away into the backyard bushes. This morning I went up into the attic but I didn’t see anything. What do I do to keep this racoon away from my attic if he or she hasn’t moved in already. It was as big as a dog and quite frightening in the dark. Please let me know. Thank you. Sincerely, Peggy
My response: Do a full inspection of your home, especially the roof and vents and eave areas, and see if there are any openings that a raccoon could crawl through. Though they look large, raccoons can fit through deceptively small spaces. If there are openings, you might already have raccoons inside, and you must remove them. If not, secure everything before one gets inside. Actual Situation: If trees are cut back and if raccoons can climb the walls and downspouts anyway, is there anything at all that will deter them from climbing up the downspouts or climbing walls onto my roof and making holes? — Vivian
My response: It’s pretty hard — they are very good climbers, and downspouts are no problem.
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