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Raccoon Repellent — Deterrent
- 1 Raccoon Repellent — Deterrent
- 2 How to Get Rid of Raccoons
- 3 How to Get Rid of Raccoons: Removal Methods
- 4 How to get rid of a raccoon
- 5 How to get rid of raccoon poop
- 6 When prevention fails
- 7 How to Get Rid of Raccoons in the Attic, House, Yard
- 8 Raccoon Information and Facts
Repellents are the first and easiest thing that you can try if you have raccoons in your attic or chimney. Especially when a female raccoon is concerned about having a safe place to raise her young, a harassing presence including any scent (predator urine is good, as is raccoon eviction fluid discussed below) and noise (radio) might encourage her to leave the attic with her young.
That said, in general there are many long-standing old wivesвЂ™ tales about animals and repellents, and there are many modern products sold meant to evict unwanted critters from property and homes, and most all of them are bogus. Some of the old-fashioned standards include naphthalene (moth balls), ammonia, bleach, and even human hair. The idea behind these repellents is that they simply create an unpleasant odor that raccoons donвЂ™t like, which encourages them to leave. In my years of experience as a wildlife removal professional, IвЂ™ve seen many of these tactics used in an attempt to evict raccoons. IвЂ™ve never seen them work, but thatвЂ™s also because in the cases they do, IвЂ™m not called out. The problem is that an attic is large and well-ventilated, and the odor isnвЂ™t very strong. A raccoon will often just move to another, less offensive part of the attic.
Even in cases in which the odor is strong, itвЂ™s not enough incentive to make the animal leave. Once a raccoon has established a home in an attic, it takes more than a bad odor to make it leave, because it (or the babies) truly might not survive if it has to leave, so a little (or even very powerful) scent isn’t going to do the trick вЂ“ you wouldnвЂ™t abandon your home if someone spread some mothballs inside. This is a wild animal that needs to survive, and it will tolerate quite a bit in order to keep its home. That includes all of the current repellent and deterrent products sold.
If you do an online search, you will find all sorts of raccoon repellants sold, many with confident money-back guarantees. Most of them are made of вЂ¦mothballs. In fact, most animal repellents sold are made from either mothballs or coyote urine. IвЂ™ve been to many homes at which the homeowner has placed a great deal of mothballs in the attic вЂ“ one had fifty pounds of mothballs! вЂ“ and the raccoons didnвЂ™t care. They also donвЂ™t respond to coyote urine. Some people recommend the use of bright lights, strobing lights, or noises. The most common noise deterrents are regular radios and ultrasonic high-pitch sound emitting devices. Once again, IвЂ™ve seen both of these tactics used multiple times to no effect. In fact, the FTC has issued an official warning against the high-pitch noise machines, stating that they are 100% ineffective and fraudulent.
A product called raccoon eviction fluid sometimes works on a female with young. This fluid is from the glands and urine of an adult male raccoon. A male raccoon will kill any young not its own, so that the female goes back into heat. Thus, the scent of a male might convince the female to move away. This product is usually only available to trappers.
Read more about the only known effective repellent, raccoon eviction fluid.
ItвЂ™d be nice if a simple product would solve the problem. That goes for any most any cheap and easy fix for a serious problem. The truth is that repellents rarely work. Go ahead and try every one of them if youвЂ™re not convinced, and then take care of the problem properly when you discover that cheap repellents and deterrents are pointless.
If you want to enlist the help of a professional, I believe that most of the wildlife control operators listed on this wildlife removal directory, which includes listings for 450 US cities and towns, do a competent job. I’ve also compiled a list of good raccoon experts in several major US cities. But before you hire anyone, be sure to read this guide and gain a good understanding of the matter at hand, and ask whoever you wish to hire the right questions, and be sure that they remove the baby raccoons as part of their wildlife control solution! If you want to use a repellent for raccoons in the house, as stated, the eviction fluid will help in cases with young.
Wildlife Education — Information, Advice, and Techniques for the Safe Removal of Raccoons from Attics
How to Get Rid of Raccoons
There are plenty of humane ways for how to get rid of raccoons. Here are some easy ways to get rid of raccoons.
It’s no secret that raccoons are a nuisance. On the hunt for food and a place to establish their den, they can show up in your yard, your attic, your chimney, rummaging through your garbage and more. While they’re not out to destroy your home sweet home, it is important to get them out and keep them out. Here’s how to get rid of raccoons.
If you see a raccoon nosing around in your neighbor’s trash, they would probably appreciate a heads-up. However, here’s a list of things your neighbor really wants you to STOP doing.
If you don’t have a raccoon problem yet, but you’ve seen them in your area, you’ll want to start with prevention. Keep food sources out of sight, with garbage well-secured in outdoor trash cans, using a thick lid and a weight or pressure straps on top. Also, be sure your pet’s food is kept indoors. Install a tray on bird feeder polls roughly six inches below the feed to catch any dropped seed, and be sure the feeder isn’t in a location near trees that the raccoon could use to jump from to get on the feeder. Also, be sure to cut trees back to six or eight feet from your home so raccoons can’t get to your roof and make their way into the attic to form their den.
How Do You Get Rid of Raccoons?
You can even deter raccoons from coming with cayenne pepper. These masked marauders hate the smell of the spice. Add one small canister of cayenne and one bottle of hot sauce to a gallon of water, then spray the solution all over your garden plants, bushes and shrubs, and reapply after a rainfall. There are various other repellents you can use as well, like Mint-X trash bags, which are specifically designed to repel raccoons. They’re all-natural trash bags that have a mint fragrance, which raccoons dislike. Motion-activated floodlights can also serve to deter raccoons.
If you have raccoons inside your home, the first thing you’ll need to do is figure out how they got in by inspecting your house thoroughly. Once you know how they’re getting in, determine if it’s a mother raccoon with young. If so, allow the babies to grow a few weeks, otherwise they will die without their mother. You can then use one-way doors to get raccoons out of attics or crawl spaces, or invest in the help of an animal control professional who can make sure that mothers and their litters are unharmed and not separated.
How Do You Get Rid of Raccoons? Try Loud Noises
If you’re just dealing with adult raccoons, you can DIY their removal by trying bright lights and loud noises (like a loud battery-operated radio in the attic or fireplace) to scare them out. Also, try placing a bowl of cider vinegar at the base of the chimney — it’s a smell raccoons find foul, so they’ll run from it. Once they’re all gone, be sure to make your home as unattractive to raccoons as possible.
How to Get Rid of Raccoons: Removal Methods
Raccoons in the wild may not pose a problem, but when they decide to hang out at your place it can be a different story. These mammals can carry canine distemper, which can be hazardous to unvaccinated dogs, and rabies, which can be transmitted to people or other animals. Moreover, their feces often contain the eggs of Baylisascaris procynis, which is a type of roundworm that can be extremely harmful to people. Getting rid of raccoons and their droppings is not always easy, but there are several methods of raccoon removal that can be employed.
How to get rid of a raccoon
Raccoons are protected under state law in most cases, and are classified as furbearers, meaning a license or permit is required to trap or hunt them. Because of this, how to kill a raccoon legally will vary from state to state, and is a job best left to professionals. As with many types of nuisance animals and pests, the best way to get rid of raccoons is to not invite them in in the first place. Removing their food sources and making your environment less friendly should also encourage any raccoons that are there to move along. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recommends the following methods for raccoon control.
“Do not leave pet food outside. Feed pets only as much as they will eat at once, and remove all leftovers. If necessary, place pet feeders in an enclosed area such as a porch, garage, or barn. Keep garbage bags in an entry-way [sic] or garage, and in a metal can. Run a rubber strap, rope or soft wire through the lid and attach to the can handles. To make it hard for raccoons to remove lids, hang the can one foot above the ground, or use a rack and secure the cans upright. Surround gardens with an electric fence made up of two wires attached to an insulated post, one wire four inches and the other eight inches above the ground. Install the fence before vegetables ripen. Block the openings raccoons are using to get into your attic, porch or other location. Place a temporary cover when the raccoons leave on their nightly search for food, and make a permanent seal later. To check if the raccoons have really left, sprinkle twigs, grass or flour in the opening and watch for tracks. Caution: do not permanently seal entrances without first verifying that all animals are out of the den. Especially in the spring, look and listen for animal noises.”
How to get rid of raccoon poop
Groups of raccoons pick one spot to be the communal defecation area, often referred to as a raccoon latrine. This can pose a problem if that spot happens to be located in your yard, because of the roundworm eggs often carried in raccoon poop. The roundworm’s effect on people can vary from no symptoms at all to severe issues with the eyes or nervous system. This parasite is primarily contracted when people come into contact with raccoon feces or accidentally ingest water or soil that has been contaminated by it. Raccoon feces have a strong scent, and are usually dark in color and shaped like a tube. Common latrine sites include decks and patios, attics or garages, near the base of trees and large rocks or woodpiles. A Centers for Disease Control factsheet on raccoon latrines advocates these methods for cleanup.
“Take care to avoid contaminating hands and clothes. Wear disposable gloves. Wear rubber boots that can be scrubbed or cover your shoes with disposable booties that can be thrown away, so that you do not bring eggs into your household. Wear a N95-rated respirator (available at local hardware stores) if working in a confined space to prevent accidental ingestion of eggs or other harmful materials. … [Outdoors] Feces and material contaminated with raccoon feces should be removed (using a shovel or inverted plastic bag) and burned, buried, or bagged and placed in the trash to be sent to a landfill. Most chemicals do not kill roundworm eggs, but heat will kill the eggs instantly. Treat feces-soiled decks, patios, and other surfaces with boiling water or a propane torch.** Disinfect hard, smooth surfaces (including shovel blades) with boiling water. To help further reduce the risk of possible infection, wash your hands well with soap and warm running water. Clean/launder your clothes thoroughly using hot water and detergent.”
When prevention fails
If preventative measures do not work, there are a number of traps available for raccoon removal. However, traps often require a permit, and measures must then be taken to release the animals in a safe, unpopulated area. It is usually best to call in a professional when raccoons have invaded your home. Get rid of raccoons the right way – by calling Terminix®. They offer wildlife control plans to help you remove raccoons and keep them out.
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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Learn if raccoons will attack cats, dogs and other pets?, and what to do if you are bitten by a raccoon. I can let you know if you should feed a baby raccoon, the symptoms of a sick raccoon, and what equipment is needed to trap raccoons. Find out if repellents will get a raccoon out of your chimney and just what kind of damage one can do in your attic. Learn if raccoons can climb fences, if they can swim or hibernate, how well they are able to jump, and just how smart they are. I can let you know how dangerous raccoons can be towards pets and why raccoons Die Inside Houses.
Learn if they burrow and dig holes and what kinds of diseases raccoons carry. I can let you know if raccoons can open doors or windows, and if they eat rats or mice. Learn about raccoon roundworm and what to do about a Raccoon under the porch. Read more about if it is legal for you to trap a raccoon, if raccoons live or sleep in trees, and how to identify raccoon tracks. Find out why raccoons tear up sod, if the city or county animal services, where to relocate a trapped raccoon. I can also let you know what wildlife rehabilitators do with raccoons and share my best advice on how to keep raccoons out from under your porch.
This site is intended to provide raccoon education and information, so that you can make an informed decision if you need to deal with a raccoon problem. This site provides many raccoon control articles and strategies, if you wish to attempt to solve the problem yourself. If you are unable to do so, which is likely with many cases of raccoon removal, please go to the home page and click the USA map, where I have wildlife removal experts listed in over 500 cites and towns, who can properly help you with your nuisance raccoon.