How Do You Get Rid Of Raccoons Around Your House
How to Get Rid of Raccoons Under Your House
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- 7 How To Get Rid Of Raccoons Naturally From Your Yard (8 Clever Methods)
- 8 How Do You Get Rid of Raccoons in Your Yard?
- 9 Transform Your Garbage Bin into an Impenetrable Vault Out
- 10 Shoo Them Away With Water
- 11 A tall fence, no offense
- 12 Natural Home Remedies and Deterrents
- 13 7 Preventive Measures against Raccoons
- 14 How to Get Rid of Raccoons in the Attic, House, Yard
- 15 Raccoon Information and Facts
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Lamp with bright bulb
Raccoons are strong, and if there is any sort of access to the area under your house—even if they have to pry away a loose piece of wood or tear a hole through the lattice—they will get in. Once in, they make noise, create damage, nest and defecate. Raccoons may look cute, but they carry diseases, such as roundworm and rabies, and they quickly lose their fear of people. They can be vicious when cornered. If racoons have set up house in the space beneath your home, you want to evict them.
Check to see if there are any baby raccoons under your house. Mother raccoons often nest under a house because it is a safe and dry place. They generally give birth and raise their young from March through June. If you find a litter of baby raccoons in the space under your house, it is best to put off the eviction until they are young adults. Wait at least eight weeks. Chances are, they will leave on their own once they are grown.
Once you are certain there are no baby raccoons under the house, take steps to get rid of the adults. Eliminate what may be attracting them. Remove cat or dog food from the yard, and do not feed your pets outside. Secure your garbage cans by strapping the lids down with bungee cords.
Make the space uninhabitable. Place a bright light in the space under the house. Find a talk show on a portable radio, turn the volume up, and put it in the space. Leave the radio and the light on for 48 to 72 hours. Fill a few empty tin cans with rags that have been soaked in ammonia, and put these under the house, as well.
If these steps fail to encourage the raccoons to leave, trap and remove them. Use a Havahart or similar trap to catch the raccoons. Bait the trap. After a raccoon is inside, keep a cover over the trap to calm the animal. Wear heavy gloves when moving the cage once the animal is inside. Release in the woods.
Secure the space so no raccoons can take up residence again. Permanently close up any entry spaces they were using. Nail pieces of chicken wire over lattice to make it harder for raccoons to tear it apart.
Contact a local wildlife rescue group and ask if they can help. Talk with your neighbors before using a bright light or loud radio to flush out a raccoon. Make sure they know this is just a temporary measure.
Check the laws in your state before attempting to trap raccoons—it is illegal to relocate them in many states. Contact your humane society or animal control officer to learn the regulations in your state. Do not leave captured animals where children have access to them.
How To Get Rid Of Raccoons Naturally From Your Yard (8 Clever Methods)
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.
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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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How to Get Rid of Raccoons in the Attic, House, Yard
It is my goal to educate the public about raccoons and other wildlife, and provide tips for safe, effective, and responsible wildlife removal. Remember, to solve many raccoon problems, the best bet is prevention and sealing shut entry holes: inspect your house to find animal entry holes.
|HUMANE HINTS: In some cases you can resolve a raccoon problem without trapping the animal — for example, you can eliminate whatever is attracting the raccoon to your property — garbage, pet food, a decorative pond, etc. If you use a cage trap, be sure to set it in the shade and relocate the raccoon as soon as possible. Never attempt to poison raccoons. Unfortunately, there are no effective or registered raccoon repellents. If you have raccoons in the attic, be aware that there is almost certainly a nest of baby raccoons. Read below for how-to hints.|
Summary of Step-By-Step Instructions If OUTSIDE:
1) Purchase large cage traps — rated raccoon size, usually about 10″ x 12″ x 30″ or so.
2) Set traps in areas of high raccoon activity. Bait with marshmallows, or, if stray cats are not a problem in the area, cat food works as well. Make sure traps are scent-free and flush to the ground, and set in the shade.
3) Relocate any trapped raccoon at least 10 miles from capture site. Never relocate a female raccoon in spring with visible nipples (nursing a nest of baby raccoons nearby).
4) If you have raccoon living under a deck, shed, or other structure, install an exclusion barrier — steel mesh around the perimeter, and down at least 12 into the ground, with bottom of mesh sloping outward.
Summary of Step-By-Step Instructions If IN THE ATTIC:
1) Inspect the house to find out how they are getting inside — likely somewhere on the roof, or eaves.
2) Search inside the attic, and find the next of baby raccoons (there is a 90% chance of babies). You must find them. Remove them by hand, wearing thick gloves and a pillowcase for carry.
3) Use the baby raccoons as live «bait», in the back of large cage traps, using a trap divider. This is a difficult set to get right. Make sure the sides of the trap are blocked off to prevent reach in.
4) Once you’ve trapped the mother, relocate them all together, at least 10 miles from capture site.
5) Repair the entry hole and clean and decontaminate the raccoon feces out of the attic.
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In the last few decades, raccoons have shifted from a wild animal to an urban animal, like rats or pigeons. They are generally strong, intelligent, and talented, and thus they are also commonly destructive. I believe that raccoons should be dealt with humanely, and also effectively.
How to get rid of Raccoons In the Attic — This is not an easy job. The animal is almost certainly a female with a litter of baby raccoon in the attic. That’s why most raccoons break into homes or on roofs. You have to remove the babies in addition to trapping and removing the adult female. It is a very difficult job with many variables, and takes a lot of experience. You can remove the litter by hand and use them as bait to trap the mom. Or you can remove them and exclude her, but if you don’t trap the adult, she’ll break back in, and if you don’t get the babies, they will claw at things, starve to death, rot and stink.
How to get rid of Raccoons In the Yard, Swimming Pool, Garbage Cans, etc. — You want to eliminate whatever is attracting them to the property. But once they have habituated to an area, you might need to trap and remove them. Read more information about raccoon trapping here, including tips on traps, sets, types of bait, techniques, etc.
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Raccoons are one of the most recognizable and destructive critters in all of North America. These mammals once lived in meadows and wooded areas, but have realized that living alongside humans yields bigger food scores and now make their homes in rural and urban environments. If you have ever lived in a house or near a raccoon’s home then you have probably been paid a visit or two from these furry neighbors.
Once a raccoon has learned that you have food, they will pay you a visit often in search of food or shelter. They are not afraid of humans or domestic animals and will wander into your garage, tip over your garbage cans and find a way into your attic if they can. Raccoons will also eat up all of your fruit and vegetables if you have a garden. If you have ever had, or do have a raccoon problem, then you probably already know how hard it is to get rid of them. Now the question is how do you get rid of raccoons? There are several ways to get rid of raccoons in an effective and safe manner for both your family and the animal. Here are some that you can try:
- Keep the raccoon out of your trash. If you deny the raccoon access to your trash, then they have no other option but to move on to someone else’s house. You can do this several ways. You can get a trashcan that has locks on it or is very difficult to open, but raccoons are excellent problem solvers so you may as well be throwing your money away. The best thing that you can do to cut off the raccoon’s food supply is to lock up your trashcans in a shed or your garage and make sure that the garage and/or shed is secure at all times and only take the garbage cans out the morning that the trash truck comes.
- Keep the yard clean. Another thing that you can do to force the raccoon to move on is to keep any type of food out of your yard. Do not feed your dogs or cats outside and do not leave your left over food from picnics outside. Also if you have a fruit tree, make sure that you are cleaning up the felled apples, peaches, etc. on a regular basis. If you have an outside garden, construct a good fence around it, or even an electrical fence to keep the raccoons out. They will soon learn that they get an unpleasant shock every time they try to eat that food and will stop trying to get into it. However, this is not a fool-proof way of keeping them out because, again, raccoons are very smart and will probably figure out a way to get to the food. Read about how to keep raccoons away — prevention techniques.
- Scare it off. Probably one of the most effective ways to rid your yard of pesky raccoons is to get an automated/motion-activated sprinkler system to scare them off every time they come near your trash cans or gardens. There are many products on the market for this type of device and they really work because they were developed specifically to deal with this problem. The best part of these types of devices is that they work on other animals such as deer and stray dogs and cats as well.
- Trapping the raccoon. This is not a recommended way to get rid of your raccoons, but it may be the only option available to you. You can decide to do this yourself or hire an exterminator/animal control officer to set up the trap for you. You have to make sure that the trap is durable enough and safe enough to trap the raccoon and can be loaded with any type of food. Once you have caught the culprit, do not kill it, but instead take it to the nearest wooded area (at least 15 miles away from your house) and set it free.
More in-detail how-to raccoon removal articles:
Information about how to kill a raccoon — with poison or other methods.
Information about how to catch a raccoon — remove one stuck in the house.
Information about raccoon repellent — analysis of types and effectiveness.
Raccoon Information and Facts
Raccoon Appearance: Though weight may vary from eight to twenty pounds, raccoon species share the same distinctive black markings around the eyes, surrounded by lighter facial fur and often white bands. The dark fur around they eyes is considered an adaptation to increase the ability to see in the absence of daylight. A mixture of light and dark, longer hair comprises the body and consists of two layers, the inner lay of insulating fur and the outer layer of coarse hair that serves to repel water. Raccoons have a bushy tail with a contrasting ring pattern; the tail serving as a point of balance while climbing as well as an added layer of warmth while sleeping in cold weather. Primary senses for the raccoon include the sense of touch and smell, with the ability to see in the dark a close third. The paws of these animals are composed of sensitive tissue that makes it possible for the raccoon to identify an object by touch alone. They do not possess the thumbs of primates, so the ambidexterity of the species is limited.
Raccoon Habitat and Behavior: It was once assumed that raccoons were completely solitary creatures. That theory has been widely disproven, though raccoons are most often seen alone and not in groups. Females of the species will often commune together at appointed feeding locations or in a group area for sleeping. Male raccoons seem to only be social during the mating season, and this interaction with others is based mostly on breeding status and not companionship. Both male and female raccoons will share a living space if something exceptional—like an abandoned building—is located. Originally from woodland areas, the raccoon has adapted to life in or near cities as well, though ideally the creatures remain in a location where a vertical surface is conducive to climbing. Climbing trees is the staple for raccoon safety, and for that reason, you will not often find them in open spaces or too close to a sandy coast. Mating season for this animal occurs for approximately three months in the spring and early summer, with females mating with multiple males. The average litter size is three to five kits. Male raccoons tend to be hostile toward unknown young, and for this reason most females will become completely solitary while raising their offspring. At about sixteen weeks, the kits are old enough to be on their own, but the mother will often allow her brood to remain in the den until after the first year.
Raccoon Diet and Hunting: Raccoons have an impressive array of acceptable food sources, and it is not uncommon for the individual raccoon to have a personal inclination toward a specific item of the diet. Raccoons will eat insects, amphibians, berries, fruit, nuts, and even smaller mammals. They will scavenge for human garbage and will eat anything from potato chips to chicken wings with sauce. During the months when food is readily available, raccoons prefer acorns and berries over many meat sources, though they seem to enjoy fishing and catching amphibians. Buildup of fat is important to the raccoon. During the cold months, they will become less active, though the decrease in activity is not a true form of hibernation.
Raccoon Nuisance Concerns: Because of their high intelligence and problem solving skills, the ingenuity of the raccoon is often seen as a nuisance problem for humans. Raccoons are opportunistic feeders, and they can remember locations of food—and how to unlatch or open containers—for up to three years. This impressive memory recall makes raccoons repeat offenders when it comes to home invasion and garbage scavenging. The cleanup involved with a scavenging raccoon is less of a hassle than the cleanup involved with a raccoon that has ruined building materials in an attic or garage from creating a den site. These animals are disinclined to attack house pets, but will if the pet initiates the confrontation. Species squabbles raise the concern of rabies, a common virus found in wild raccoons. The most common issue we deal with is the scratching sounds in the attic or walls from raccoons.
Raccoon Diseases: Raccoons are the prime vector for rabies virus. For unknown reasons, though it is suspected that the large brain cavity of the raccoon is of primary influence, rabies virus thrives in this specific species. Because of this, raccoons are always suspect for the disease even if no symptoms are discernible. Raccoons are also known to carry leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that affects the kidneys of humans and other mammals. Lesser concerns center on the intestinal parasites spread by raccoons, some of which can be ingested by humans and can cause serious debilitations in young or elderly people. Raccoons are most frequently killed in nature by distemper virus, though this is not a disease that can be passed the humans.
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