How To Get Raccoons Out Of Your Yard

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!

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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.

Smelly Garlic

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.

Homemade Soap

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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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 are smart and resourceful animals. Once they know there is food in your yard that they can get to, they will keep coming back to enjoy the free meal. Since raccoons are nocturnal, the only way you may know they are visiting is the damage they leave behind. This can be empty pet food dishes, tipped over garbage cans, torn up plants or a variety of other annoying signs of raccoon presence. Since they are so smart, keeping them out of your yard can be difficult.


Live traps are one of the best products for keeping a raccoon out of your yard, but they are not something you should use yourself. It is illegal in most places for homeowners to release trapped animals into the wild, and in some places it is illegal for homeowners to trap wild animals. Call your local wildlife control service and they will send someone with a trap to trap the animal for you. This way if the raccoon is ill or nursing babies that are also somewhere on your property, the animal control officer will have the necessary tools and permissions to take care of the situation.


Raccoons are good at climbing and digging, so for a fence to be effective, it needs to be electrified. If you have a fence around your yard already, you can add one or two electrified wires around the perimeter of the fence. For one wire, place it 8 inches above the ground, or if using two wires, 6 and 12 inches above the ground. If there is only one area the raccoons are bothering, such as a fish pond, install a small electrified fence around the area. Turn the electricity on when it gets dark and off again in the morning.

Bungee Cords

One of the best ways to keep raccoons out of your yard is to eliminate food sources. Pet food should be brought indoors or covered at night. Bungee cords are a simple way to anchor trash can lids to keep raccoons from getting into your garbage. The cords need to be long enough to attach to each trash can handle and stretch over the top of the lid, but they need to be tight enough that the lid can’t be knocked off and won’t fall off if the can gets tipped over.

Repellents and Scare Devices

Spray repellents, water devices, noise devices, bright lights and other scare tactics don’t really work against raccoons in the long term. Scent repellents such as moth balls will work if they are set in enclosed spaces that raccoons crawl into, but out in the open air of a yard, they have no effect. Scare devices that use noise, water or light will probably work once or twice, but the raccoons soon learn that there is no actual threat and ignore them. So it may be tempting to try these methods, but the results will be disappointing.

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How To Keep Raccoons Out of the Yard

Whether you have a problem with raccoons in your yard or they have gotten into your attic or under your home, we have some methods to drive off these pesky bandits. Raccoons may appear cute or even friendly. Indeed, they can be quite bold around humans and pets. However, they are wild animals and will behave like wild animals. The have sharp teeth, strong claws, are known to carry rabies and parasites. Never try to catch a raccoon by hand. Cornering a racoon, or any animal, may leave the animal with no choice but to attack you. This article describes non-confrontational, non-lethal methods to keep raccoons away from your home.

Raccoons are nocturnal, they are active in the twilight and after dark. Raccoons can be quite noisy. They can also be fairly destructive, they can pull off siding and tear openings to get into your home. Raccoons are omnivores, they will eat whatever they can find, and they can find plenty in your trash cans.

Raccoons are surprisingly clever, brave and bold. They will challenge pets, enter buildings, open containers, tip things over and push large objects around. They are not easily intimidated. While they will avoid humans most of the time, sometimes you have to act aggressively before they will be chased off. By the way, we do not recommend challenging raccoons, you can never be certain of how they will react and a rabies infected raccoon may actually attack you.

Keeping Raccoons Away

Raccoons are active in twilight and evening. They prefer relative darkness. Installing motion activated lighting may be helpful in discouraging raccoons. However, simple porch lights may not be adequate. You might need to go to extreme measures in terms of lighting. Bright flood lights, like the quartz halogen fixtures used for driveway illumination and security purposes may be necessary. Plus, one light, at a distance may not have the desired effect. We recommend multiple lights, either on the same circuit or independently triggered, to saturate the area.

Raccoons don’t like being around humans, so placing a waterproof radio near trash cans may be helpful. Set the radio to a «talk» station. It doesn’t have to be loud. The voices will discourage raccoons from the area.

Buy metal trash cans with sealing lids. You can improve the tightness of the seal with a length of plastic tubing (like for water supply lines in you windshield washer system or your ice maker supply line). Slice a cut along the length of the tube and slip it over the rim of the trash can. When you put the lid in place, the tubing compresses to form a tighter seal. Also, place a heavy object, such as a cinder block, on top of trash can lids.

Raccoons like their food clean and will sometimes wash it in available water. They also find the smell of ammonia objectionable. By adding a small splash of ammonia to your garbage, the raccoons will be less likely to scavenge your trash.

Your pets need water available at all times, but as much as possible, eliminate sources of water for raccoons. If possible, lock your pets securely away at night, with their water. Don’t leave water out that the raccoons can get to. Also, don’t leave pet food out at night, raccoons love the stuff.

If raccoons are nesting in your attic or under your home, please read this article for tips to get rid of raccoons.

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