What Raccoons Hate The Most
How To: Get Rid of Raccoons
- 1 How To: Get Rid of Raccoons
- 2 Behind that adorable masked face lies a determined forager and a potentially destructive intruder. When it comes to dealing with wild animals, there are seldom guarantees. But if you’re determine to get rid of raccoons on your property, you can do worse than start with the tips and tricks detailed here.
- 3 How to Get Rid of Raccoons for Good
- 4 The Masked Bandit
- 5 Raccoon Prevention
- 6 Homemade Raccoon Repellents
- 7 Commercial Raccoon Deterrents
- 8 Pets as a Deterrence
- 9 Do you hate a cockroach or raccoon infestation more?
- 10 Questions & Answers
- 11 Related
- 12 Popular
- 13 Comments
- 14 These 8 Natural Deterrents Will Help You Send Raccoons Packing
- 15 Natural Raccoon Deterrents You Can Count On!
- 15.1 How to Keep Raccoons Away
- 15.2 1. Cayenne Pepper Spray to Protect Your Garden
- 15.3 2. Ammonia
- 15.4 3. Mothballs
- 15.5 4. Predator Urine
- 15.6 5. Another Method to Protect Your Garden: Epsom Salt
- 15.7 6. Secure Your Chicken Coop
- 15.8 7. More Tips to Keep Raccoons Away
- 15.9 8. Motion-Activated Sprinklers
- 15.10 Comments
- 15.11 Comments
Behind that adorable masked face lies a determined forager and a potentially destructive intruder. When it comes to dealing with wild animals, there are seldom guarantees. But if you’re determine to get rid of raccoons on your property, you can do worse than start with the tips and tricks detailed here.
Sure, raccoons are sort of cute, but know this: If it feels threatened, a raccoon can be dangerous, particularly if it’s carrying a disease (e.g., rabies). Tread carefully, and remember that there are professionals trained to deal with raccoons and other creatures. Your local government most likely includes an animal control department with field operations aimed at helping residents cope with wildlife. Of course, if you’ve been frustrated by repeated incidents or feel the need to get on the case immediately, continue reading to learn how to get rid of raccoons safely and effectively, whether they’re causing trouble under your roof or strictly outdoors.
Raccoons are scavengers; if they’re hungry, even mere morsels of food left out in the open can lure them to your property. To eliminate a raccoon problem, therefore, it’s important to keep discarded food waste out of sight and to the greatest extent possible, contain or mask its odor. Purchase and use receptacles with lids that close tightly and lock into place. Additionally, consider double-bagging any trash that’s going to spend at least one night outdoors before your next scheduled garbage collection date.
Any food—even pet food—left outside can attract raccoons. If you must feed your pets outdoors, feed them only at certain times of day, and remove anything uneaten. If you and your family like to cook and/or dine al fresco, always take the time to clean up afterward. Here, it’s well worth being thorough; as a precaution, hose and wipe down your picnic or patio table at the end of a meal. For best results, use a cleaner that contains bleach, a chemical that goes a long way toward vanquishing odors. Note that bleach works so well at eliminating food odors, you might even pour some over any trash bags left outdoors in a unsecured receptacle.
While raccoons can make a real mess of your yard, strewing trash in all directions over a surprisingly broad radius, they can wreak even greater havoc indoors, endangering your family’s health and safety.
To get rid of raccoons indoors, you may be tempted to use poison. Ethics aside, this may not be the wisest course to take, because if the poison works and the animal dies, you’ll be left with a noxious odor and a mess you surely won’t enjoy cleaning up—assuming you can even find the dead raccoon and that it’s in an accessible location.
How do you make sure that raccoons get out and actually stay out? You must determine the animals’ entry point. Typically, raccoons get in through the eaves of the roof or in openings at the foundation level. Once you’ve located the access point, the next step is to make your home inhospitable.
Raccoons enjoy the dark, so a strategically placed flashlight can be a deterrent. Because they’re also put off by strange noises, playing a small radio may help keep them at bay. Finally, raccoons hate the smell of ammonia, so leave a saucer full of the stuff (or an ammonia-dipped rag) near the creatures’ entry point. Within 48 hours, thanks to one or all of the above tricks, the raccoons are likely to vacate the premises.
Once you’re certain your visitors have left the building, the final step is to seal up the access points so as to prevent return. In future weeks and months, periodically walk your home’s perimeter to check for signs of a pest presence. Likewise, remain vigilant about securing trash bags and cleaning up after outdoor meals.
How to Get Rid of Raccoons for Good
The Masked Bandit
The raccoon is an intelligent and dexterous animal that can prove to be a nuisance to many homes all over the world (They even can walk and traverse in unimaginable places such as a suspending wire — video below). Many people compare them to cockroaches as they are equally difficult to get rid of once there is a raccoon infestation in their homes.
Raccoons are real persistent and scare tactics usually do not work on them; they simply return the next available moment. To worsen the scenario, they are nocturnal creatures that perform their banditry activity of stealing food only at night. They can even carry deadly diseases such as the Rabies and Leptospirosis virus, which make them even more dangerous to humans (and even pets). Thus it is important to get rid of these pests before they get out of control.
Like the old saying goes, prevention is always better than cure and the best way to get rid of raccoons is to stop them from even coming in the first place. In fact, the only way to permanently get rid of raccoons is to restrict their access to food and water in your home.
Garbage Bins — It is important to use a garbage bin with a metal lid which can be shut tight due to the heavier weight. Before going to bed every night, take out the trash and shut the bin lid tight. A raccoon can easily bypass a lid that is made of a lighter material such as plastic. If necessary, you can even use a thin rope to seal it tight.
Trash Removal — As mentioned, it is important to clear and remove the trash from the house (and out of the garden). Raccoons need to drink water to survive, so it is a must to remove any form of drinkable liquid as well. Remember to remove trash from your pet’s living area as well!
Restrict Entry Points — By sealing and covering entry points, it can serve as a deterrence to these pesky creatures. Stuff small holes with newspapers and consider investing in electric fences if the going gets tough. Raccoons are excellent climbers, so make sure you take every part of your home into consideration.
Homemade Raccoon Repellents
There are many homemade raccoon repellent ideas on the Internet that have been quite useful. A very common DIY product is to boil a mixture of peppers (e.g. jalapeño), onions and other vegetables together. It can then be used as a spray around the house, around the garbage bins and possible points of entry.
Ammonia — They can be applied or soaked onto pieces of cloth, rags or even kept in small bottles (opened of course). They are then placed around the house, such as near food sources or around the bins. You can use liquid cleaners such as Pine Sol as a replacement
Vinegar — A commonly suggested vinegar is the cider vinegar. This are used similarly to ammonia and also used on food ‘traps’. Raccoons will be turned off by the taste of vinegar and may never make a return trip ever again.
Moth Balls or Crystals — Moth balls are highly toxic to small mammals and raccoons hate their smell with a passion, so make use of them as they can be purchased easily. If you have babies or small children, moth balls can be dangerous objects and you may consider using moth crystals instead.
Epsom Salts — Epsom salts not only serve as an excellent deterrence, they also make excellent fertilizers for your plants and garden. Scatter them around your bins and in your garden. If you have leftovers, you can even use them as an effective cleaning tool (such as floor tiles).
Commercial Raccoon Deterrents
There are many commercial (expensive) raccoon deterrents on the market. A common recommendation is the deployment of electric fencing (think Jurassic Park). Though it has some risks, especially if you have young children or small pets, it is an excellent deterrent tool against raccoons and other pests (not dinosaurs of course).
Another fancy gadget is an ultrasonic sound generator that produces noise to drive raccoons away as they are wary of them. These products usually emit low frequency harmless sound waves and vibrations which are highly irritating to pests. A makeshift replacement for the ultrasonic sound generator could be your old radio — you could not only drive these pests away but catch some interesting news as the same time!
Motion detecting light can be installed in the garden or areas where raccoons are likely to be found. Raccoons are nocturnal creatures that dislike light and will turn tail at the sight of light, especially sudden bright light caused by the motion detectors. Check your neighborhood hardware or security store for more information.
Pets as a Deterrence
Some homeowners suggest or even consider using pets as a deterrence and scare off raccoons. However, raccoons are seldom intimidated (long-term) by other animals and will most likely return. Some raccoons can even stand their ground against other animals especially if cornered. As mentioned, raccoons can carry diseases which can be extremely dangerous to your pets. In Richmond, it was reported that a group of vicious raccoons actually snatched house cats, leaving the owners clueless. It is likely a bunch of them can even seriously injure bigger dog breeds.
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I do not use bug killers inside the house.
Thank you for your suggestion, I do try to find natural deterrents but I do not think that would like to use borax on my stove and counter tops and then place food on them.
At the moment I am using ‘lemon & pepper spice’ and keeping my thermostat below 68 degrees to keep them at a minimum. When I do see one, I spray their underside with ‘lemon juice & dish soap’. Then I scoop them with a paper towel, crush them and throw them away.
6 years ago from Eastern Shore
The Examiner-1 — FYI — My Nana swore that sprinkling 20 Mule Team Borax around the areas in your home that have cockroaches would get rid of them as the roaches walk through the borax, it gets stuck to their legs and they carry it back to the nest and the borax will kill all those in the nest, as well. and if you have animals, borax is a natural product and is not supposed to have any effect on them, as other bug sprays and such would.
At the moment my home — luckily rented — is infested inside with cockroaches, and practically every other insect. I have not seen any raccoons here or anyplace else I have lived.
P.S. — It is only a few but I would re-read the Hub carefully for errors. Otherwise I voted this up, useful and interesting.
6 years ago from Eastern Shore
We had a raccoon climb up onto our hen house and chew through the screen of the window. Luckily we have noisy ducks that notified us before he could kill any of our chickens.
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These 8 Natural Deterrents Will Help You Send Raccoons Packing
These raccoon deterrents will help keep these pesky critters away from your home perimeter for good!
Natural Raccoon Deterrents You Can Count On!
How to Keep Raccoons Away
Raccoons may look cute and even pitiful at times, but they do pose a threat. By being potential rabies virus-carriers, they are a danger to you, your family, and your pets.
We can never stress enough the dangers and troubles these critters pose, so check out these tried-and-tested natural raccoon deterrents we’ve collected for you.
These homemade raccoon repellent ideas offer choices suited to your needs and budget. In searching, we came across 8 ways to naturally deter these pesky critters.
Also, I will share tips on steps you can take to help keep them away for good!
1. Cayenne Pepper Spray to Protect Your Garden
Raccoons are chicken predators and they wreak havoc in vegetable gardens. Dealing with a raccoon infestation can be a very frustrating situation!
Cayenne pepper is one of the natural raccoon deterrents and a great way to repel critters and pests. These pesky rodents hate the smell of this homemade raccoon repellent.
It makes it an effective ingredient then, in homemade animal repellent sprays.
What you’ll need:
- A small canister of cayenne pepper
- 1 bottle of hot sauce
- 1 gallon of water
- Add 1 small canister of cayenne pepper and 1 bottle of hot sauce to 1 gallon of water
- Spray the solution all over your garden plants, bushes, and shrubs
- Reapply after rainfall.
Raccoons cause trouble both in rural and urban areas where they can be a problem all year round. They may also carry distemper, roundworm, and fleas.
They wreak havoc on trash cans, creating a huge mess and attracting other animals and insects. Ammonia is another effective raccoon control solution.
How to use ammonia to deter raccoons:
- Position several ammonia-soaked rags near/around the entrances of the raccoon’s nest
- Spray ammonia around the places where raccoons have been spotted
- Sprinkle one cup of ammonia solution around the inside of each trash can
- Spray ammonia on the ground in the places to where raccoons are drawn
But if left in such places for a long time, the chemicals can seep into the rest of your house, exposing people to it. Mothballs can be ingested by pets or even small children.
Use this raccoon repellent moth balls method with extreme caution.
4. Predator Urine
Re bear prevention: These jars are scattered around the property. I assume predator urine or ice tea. pic.twitter.com/txehgeJnxy
This deterrent method will trick raccoons into thinking predators are nearby. It will likely scare them away.
This raccoon deterrent is available in sporting goods stores and many online retailers. Look for urine from wolves, coyotes, bobcats, or mountain lions.
Use it around areas where raccoons are dwelling.
5. Another Method to Protect Your Garden: Epsom Salt
Raccoons can be very destructive to your vegetable garden. Lucky they don’t like the smell of Epsom salt.
To deter raccoons using this method, sprinkle Epsom salt around and inside your vegetable garden. The masked critters will avoid your garden altogether and most likely will not return.
However, you will need to reapply every time it rains or after a couple of weeks with no rain.
6. Secure Your Chicken Coop
You don’t need to make your chicken coop into a fortress to protect your chickens from raccoons, but it helps. Raccoons can open many latches, so use a latch you can padlock to keep the windows, doors, and other openings on your coop securely locked during the evening and nighttime hours.
Use a strong wire mesh with small openings that are no larger than 1/2 inch to keep raccoons from reaching into your coop or breaking through it. Put a roof on your coop and fasten it down tightly.
If a raccoon can’t break into your coop easily, he will likely move on and not return.
7. More Tips to Keep Raccoons Away
There are certain steps you can take which are effective in discouraging these critters from your property. They are simple yet necessary to ensure they don’t feel free to roam around.
- Keep trash cans lids secure with bungee cords
- Keep your yard clean and free from any litter which attracts and invites critters to rummage through your property
- Pick up your pet’s water bowls at night
- Pick up your pet’s food bowls at night
8. Motion-Activated Sprinklers
There are solar-powered repellents which are just effective. Another thing is, it’s only limited to a certain area.
It can only secure a few square meters, so this is perfect to raccoon-proof your garden. Watch the related video below to know more about the motion-activated sprinkler natural raccoon deterrents.
Hit the play button to watch this interesting video from Backyard Boogi for a review on the motion activated sprinkler for raccoons and other critters:
All kinds of critters can invade your home, making your life more difficult and your family less safe. Raccoons are especially notorious for causing havoc in your yard and home if left unattended.
Not one of these natural raccoon deterrents is solely effective by itself. One could work for a while but raccoons are intelligent creatures which figure out your tactics after some time.
Respect and understand the creature to know what works for the long term.
Which of the natural raccoon deterrents have you tried before? Share your experience with us in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on July 29, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Some good ideas, but:
1. Shake Away seems to have bad reviews on Amazon. 2.6 stars with 107 reviews.
2. Epson salts might be accidentally ingested by songbirds or other wildlife.
3.I would not recommend mothballs due to, as you stated, so many creatures can ingest them. If someone has a raccoon in their attic, it is time to call someone to humanely trap and relocate it.
4. Ammonia on the ground: This does not sound friendly to birds, lizards, frogs, snakes, and many other creatures besides raccoons. A terrible idea.
Sounds like in your opinion, it’s better to kill dozens of chickens than one raccoon., probably best for you to just stay in your city apartment.
Amen to that comment and of coarse a good gun !
I am with you. this is my house, and yard.
It’s against the law to relocate a trapped raccoon.. at least in California. Same with skunk s. If you trap it , you must dispatch it.
Stupid law made by stupid people… but then again, it’s California!
California/ stupid laws— sounds redundant. I use a high-powered pellet gun (Girandoni) for the ones too big for the traps. I’d use a firearm if it wouldn’t wake my neighbors or get the police to my house. Last summer i trapped 13 and shot 11, including a 39-pounder who’d been getting fat on my neighbors chickens and turkeys.
Ammonia is actually good for most plants and household ammonia on the ground will not harm animals. It also works good as fertilizer when it is properly diluted.
We bought a trap. We live on a large lake and have many bird feeders. We finally got tired of replacing the feeders, that is when we got the trap. We caught 7 in one week! We drive them across the lake which has no houses and turned them loose. Have not had a problem since. They a such beautiful little creatures but fierce!
Just wondering if those seven that you drove across the lake were not in fact one and the same who found their way back.. those buggers are pretty smart.
yes all are poor sugestions i for one like to use a four ten less damage to the meat than of a twelve gague
Steve Doherty says
I have been having problems with Raccoons for ten years. I have explained to my neighbor that keeps feeding them , that by leaving food out at night you are drawing these animals into our surroundings, and they have been damaging my home (mobile home) from underneath. Two years ago I had heard Raccoons fighting underneath the flooring , and climbing on top of the furnace vents. There were also Ferrel cats around my home as well. I had left my home in the summer and when i came back there was a very foul smell of something that had died under my home. I went looking for the location of the animal that was stinking, I found him. He had fought with a Cat and devoured it . so much so that after he ate the cat he tried to leave, but got stuck on the spot where he had come in , he was now to fat to get unstuck and died right there. These animals do not like cable wires, or electrical wires either. they will chew on them and become a potential fire hazard. This same Raccoon also chewed through the 140 volt electric wires to the Air conditioners thermostat, and during the summer a dead raccoon can get to stinking very badly. they are immensly destructive animals. And because I am not allowed by laws to relocate them, I choose to get rid of them. Permanently and humanely. thats the best solution for my and my home and those around me as well .
A great narrative! Racoon lovers, please read!
Shakeaway doesn’t work. I put it around my back fence and outbuilding they liked to hide under. It was like it wasn’t even there. Total waste of money.
Cayenne pepper . Seriously…. they get it on their paws and then lick it. When they start to foam at the mouth, they rub their face with the paws and can cause blindness, damage to the nasal and oral tissues. This is downright inhumane and dangerous. Besides, you will get other animals with this such as cats, skunks, opossum, etc.
There has to be a more environmentally friendly and animal safe method.
Spending money and time replacing flowers they dig out of pots and flower beds is inhumane to me. I have been here 18 years and this is the worst ever. I must have a good rating on their yelp. Next year, if I remember, sweet potato vine and red grass. “Back away from those purple petunias.”
Medicinal uses for cayenne pepper includes the eyes and nasal passages. Research before writting an opinion.
The next time you see a coon chowing down on bluebird fledglings or eviscerating your neighbor’s cat, you tell me how inhumane a little non-lethal seasoning is. I have no qualms about pepper, trapping or shooting them.
The coons ate a hole in my back porch ceiling. I chase them away and they come right back. We live in the city and I can’t shoot them with my gun. So I’m thinking of other permanent solutions. Pepper and ammonia are a good start. I threw firecrackers at them and they didn’t even move!
sounds like great fun..
James Allen jr. says
Actually I want to get rid of exactly those pests (how did you know?) and raccoons from my location… Perfect.
Larry D. Butler, Phd. says
Perhaps the methods are not “humane” because we’re not dealing with humans! These are predators for crying out loud! Very destructive predators! Go back to the city! You don’t belong out here with “country people” who are only trying to protect themselves and their livestock.
I live in the city and we have raccoons all over. My friend had one come down the chimney and get in the refrigerator. It finally left by itself. They come to my yard to poop all over and the poop is dangerous if you don’t clean it up by 2 weeks. Cover yourself all over if you clean it up.
In my last home, after a long period of trying natural remedy’s and having no success we called in a pro. They removed half a dozen skunks – which the company releases in the national forest; but the five raccoons were a different story. By law, here in the city/state, raccoons, if caught, must be put down.
It seems to me, if I can find a way to deter it from my backyard that’s the best option. Otherwise…
Problem is the cat fights raccoons. What will keep raccoons away but not be bad for the cat?
22 cal. long rifle & large black plastic bag
Quick, humane and inexpensive. I usually a high-powered pellet rifle because it’s far quieter than any of my other rifles.
I put out a live trap the cage kind with a little can of cat food tuna or hot dog , it catches them then I take it at lest 7 miles down road to the Creek an let them go, skunks have gotten in it an for safety I have a long rope on the handle an I throw a big plastic trash bag over it an put it in my truck an haul off also when I get to the Creek I use the rope to open it, I am going to put hot wire around my chicken pen to see if that helps
We keep our horse feed in a freezer that has a locking handle on the top. This has kept out the invading critters for over the last 30 years!
Great idea! You can find non working ones for free. Lots of secure storage space. Should keep mice out as well
Raccoons, wild hogs, bear, and deer used to frequent my garden quite often until about ten years or so ago. Today….no problem….not a sign of any of them. What I did was I put a four x four post at all four sides of my garden and on those posts I attached pictures of hillary clinton and rosie o’donnell posing in two-piece bathing suits about four times too small. for them. BEST DETERRENT EFFER. The only problem was all my crops died off too. Oh well, can’t win ’em all.
With the rolls of fat on those two, you wouldn’t be able to see the swimsuits. Did you have wear a welders mask to from seeing the pictures?
I used mothballs and was attacked by raccoons. They were not afraid. Are you liable now?
Ok I am not city or country but this year a family of 3 raccoons are invading our back yard. We have NO pets, food, flowers, grass, ect but we do have a pool which they are getting in. Yard is fenced but in front we have an iron gate. Called animal services they won’t come for wild animals again. So help please. This year we both diagnosed with cancer and for me I want to be outside without worry.
George Mast says
A live trap, bated with peanut butter, or sardines in oil. Partially open the sardines put a string on them and circle your property leaving a scent trail. Those Raccoons will follow that scent and get into the live trap. Oh yeah, get a 25 gallon metal barrel cut out the end and fill it with water, and put the raccoon into the water while still in the live trap, and let him drink all the water he/she can. It is not your fault if he drinks to much and drowns. They love water so much the die drinking the wonderful water in the barrel . So you will save your chickens, and eggs, and pet cat, and or dog, and get ride of the pest, all at the same time.
This is the best way, no guns, or staying up late to spot light the raccoons, no inconvenience, and the pest is finished with doing destruction. It works so nicely and quietly, and efficiently, and neighbors have now idea your helping them also. We even save the water after the last raccoon drank all he can, by putting it on the garden for the vegetables, or fruit plants. burry the raccoons in a plot of land you plan to garden in two seassons, they will produce wonderful potatoes, and tuber plants like carrots for you and your family. I love my solution, it was showen to me 60 years ago by a old farmer that had them eating 1/3 of his sweet corn in a larger patch. He grew corn on the raccoon carcasses.
Dog proof traps. They catch the coon, protect the dogs and provide an easy target for dispatching. What to do with the deceased? Buzzards love them so drop them off at the nearest remote spot away from the highways. This provides a friendly environment to enjoy an easy meal. Gotta love them buzzards, or the other creatures that get there first. Problem solved!
Racoons are a menace. They should be humanely and methodically destroyed before there is a epidemic of rabies and other diseases they carry. They would probably never be completely eradicated but aiming to reduce them to endangered species status would be helpful from a human health crisis point of view. Relocating them is just a lame and useless measure.
Houses in my neighborhood are about 12 inches apart, by using both walls they can scale the wall to the second floor deck. A long pole was not a viable solution so eventually I thought of hot water. It worked wonders, I mean really hot water, they didn’t attempt to climb the wall again for at least a year. When one did, I reapplied the remedy.