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An adult raccoon are from 24-46′ in total length. They have rings on their tail and a black mask. Raccoons cannot be found on very high elevations or very arid regions. Raccoons are not liked by humans because they raid garbage cans and tear up your lawn. They will normally eat insects, crayfish, mussels, fish, and frogs during the spring and early summer and eat fruits, berries, nuts, and grains during late summer and fall. Raccoons are nocturnal so it’s hard to spot them at night and during the day. If raccoons are sick or hurt, they will come out during the day and you SHOULD NOT approach a raccoon at any time. They carry many diseases and the one that humans know most about are rabies.


Raccoons can be found near a garbage can, chimneys, attics, and hollow areas beneath your porch or buildings.


  1. Raccoons can come through the chimney as stated above; you will need to cover the top of the chimney with a heavy, screen.
  2. Replace loose shingles and repair holes near your roof.
  3. Limit the access to your roof by trimming trees and shrubs.
  4. Use air-tight garbage cans and if the garbage cans can be tipped over then you should use a wire to tie them shut.

Be sure to treat your home at night to be sure that all the raccoons have left the house for the night. Then cover and block all the holes in your house and the chimney.

You can use a trap (HAVAHART COLLAPSIBLE TRAP #1089). Crisp bacon, fish, fresh vegetables, cat food, chicken parts and entrails, corn, and sardines will attract the raccoon to the trap. Place the bait inside of the trap and when the raccoon touches the bait, the trap door will shut close. You should get the traps close to the den as possible or where damage is occurring in the home due to raccoons. Set the traps along obvious raccoon trails, you should also set multiple traps in different locations that raccoons go. Then check the raccoon traps at least 2 times every morning and during the day. When raccoons have been caught, you should release them way from any homes at least over 10 miles away.

Smoke Bombs:
You can use smoke bombs (GIANT DESTROYER SMOKE BOMBS) as well as traps. You will need to find the raccoon homes and insert the cartridge and light the fuse and cover the hole with dirt and the smoke will make the raccoons run away.

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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.

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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.

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.

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In her spare time, Jane enjoys cooking and watching bad rom-coms. She also loves nuts, and is a bit of a nut herself when it comes to Yoga, which she’s a little too obsessed with in the opinion of her friends and family.


Barb Collister says

We have a outside cat who has a a little house. The raccoons normally just come on our patio and look for food (which we pick up every night) and then leave when they don’t find any. Now we see they are now entering our cats house now. My question is how can we get rid of them without affecting our cat?

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Raccoons in attic-bomb or balls?

I just went outside in time to watch a big raccoon finish tearing off a soffit cover and climb into my attic. I don’t want him to get too comfortable on this cold rainy night. I emptied an old canister of red pepper spray in the attic, that was a mistake, and now am on the way to the hardware store. I don’t recall whether bug bombs or moth balls work better. Can’t find it with the search engine but I’m sure it’s been discussed here before. Since I got pretty good residual red pepper spray drifting down through the cracks and crevices into the main living area, I was thinking of going with bug bombs. Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks Tom

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Loud Rock and Roll blasted at the critters will send the a scurrying.
Recommended by a pest control expert and it worked.
Gotta make it LOUD.
I suggest
Honky Tonk Women by the Stones
any other suggestions?

Re: Raccoons in attic-bomb or balls?

Borrow a small gasoline generator, haul to attic, start, gas him with the CO, fix soffit.
Good luck.

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I’ve also heard that putting a loud radio in the attic works. Also mothballs.
pest contral guy to trap them is also possible. But, I believe that they are required by law to kill the animal rather than transport to another area.
I just got rid of a couple to squirrels in my roof. Trapped them and took them for a nice 10 mile ride in the Jeep. Boy, were they pissed.

Re: Raccoons in attic-bomb or balls?

But first, make arrangements with your local funeral home for your death from CO2 poisoning.

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Yeah, I got some Irishmen next door who do the same damn thing!

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Flying squirrels are my nemesis. They live in rafter space which makes it difficult to trap. My Jack Russell hunts them all night long. Not sure which is worse, dog or squirrels. Playing the Stones late at night, loud, isn’t exactly a remedy, says my wife!
The forum casts a pretty wide net. Any ideas how to put a flying squirrel in one?

Re: Raccoons in attic-bomb or balls?

Wait for them to come out to feed, and then block off and fix the entry point.

Re: Raccoons in attic-bomb or balls?

I’ve had raccoons twice as well as stray cats.

+1 for a loud radio. Also on Ask This Old House Tom and Norm mentioned a strobe light to hang up in the attic and make it less desirable to them.

I got a live trap from the big box store for $50. I set it up in the attic with a can of Fancy Feast cat food and trapped the animal within a few minutes. I also went around the attic plugging holes with hardware mesh. I screwed it in firmly to the rafters so the raccoon would have to use hopefully more force than he could muster to get it loose. I then took the raccoon to animal control. But next time I’ll take him about 10 miles away and turn him loose in the woods.


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