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How to Get Rid of Raccoons

Raccoon Trapping

Raccoons are a nuisance for most people and their homes. They steal food, and can pose a serious threat if they are cornered. They may bite and scratch if they feel threatened. Some of the most cunning creatures on the planet, second only to the fox, these mammals are destructive, and anything but cute.

If anyone has ever thought of keeping raccoons as pets, they should think twice. Even after they are domesticated, they still have been known to exhibit traits similar to their cousins in the wild. They’re high maintenance as well. It’s a sad and inescapable reality that houses have been built in areas that once used to be a habitat for these poor creatures. But they are a serious risk to the wellbeing and safety of the people living in these houses. Let’s find out a bit more about the raccoons.

About Raccoons

Raccoons are mammals and like to travel in groups. They’ll eat everything from insects to plants and smaller animals. One of the most familiar characteristics of a raccoon is the black “bandit mask” they have close to their eyes. The other one is the high pitched shriek they make when they feel threatened. In the wild, these nocturnal mammals find most of their food from the water.

Wild raccoons feed on water dwelling creatures such as frogs and shellfish. They have paws which are extremely dexterous, enabling them to catch the invertebrates. They also use their dexterity in order to prey on smaller mammals such as mice and sometimes small birds and squirrels. They also have vegetation on the menu. Anything from berries, grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables, they’ll eat.

Another important characteristic of raccoons worth mentioning is that they will establish a den where they plan to settle. If you have a tree that has fallen recently, or spot a hole in a tree, there’s a high probability that you’re going to find a raccoon in there. They can also make their den in the attic if they have decided to infest your home. You’ll find their poop everywhere in the attic, accompanied by a horrid stench if there hiding out in there.

They’ll stuff themselves on whatever they can find in the spring and summer months, and sleep through most of the winter in their den. They don’t hibernate though. A female raccoon can give birth to up to 7 cubs in summer. What do you do if you find these unwanted mammals rummaging through your trash or stealing your pet’s food?

Getting rid of those Pesky Raccoons

  1. Get a good quality repellent

Yes, there is such a thing as a raccoon repellent. It’s usually a spray that you can use in traps and near the trash cans. The smell of trash usually attracts these troublemakers. So if you have these raccoon repellents, preferably in spray form, it’s a great way to rid your home of raccoons. They’re available at most stores or on order. Some states ban the trapping of raccoons due to the diseases they carry. Always double check.

  1. Loud Noises and bright lights

Peaceful areas where it’s nice, calm and dark, is where raccoons like to be. It can be advantageous to have a teenage son or daughter as their rock, hip-hop or rap music that they blare from their stereos can ward of these nocturnal animals.

It’s likely that the neighbors will complain of the music so you can alternatively use another tactic. Fix empty soda bottles into the ground. These soda bottles create a sound that scares off raccoons just as easily. Floodlights and other bright backyard lights can also work to scare these critters away from your house.

  1. A Spicy Solution

A spicy solution of a cup of cayenne pepper and 5 habanero chilies in boiling water can also be a great way to ward off pesky raccoons. Use this homemade raccoon repellent on your trash cans or inlets/openings where these raccoons can enter from.

Garlic is also an effective way to tackle these creatures. Use chili powder mixed with crushed garlic powder to spread around your garden. Use it to line the attic and you’ll ward them off.

  1. Ammonia Tennis

Raccoons hate the smell of ammonia. Carefully apply some ammonia to tennis balls. Then throw the tennis balls in the direction where you believe these foul creatures’ den is. It can be the tree or log where they’re living or a corner of your very own attic.

The reason ammonia is used is that it’s a major part of all types of urine, including predator’s urine. A bobcat or wolf urine contains ammonia. The familiar and fear inducing smell drives the pesky mammal away. If you want, urines of raccoon’s predators is also available at certain stores and online.

Female raccoons that have made their way into a home or structure to have her babies will be hard pressed to simply just leave when you ask, it will require some effort in trapping the raccoon and relocating the animal.  Havahart animal traps are specially designed to be used to trap the animal, use lures such as cat food, wet in the can, tuna and even good old fashion kids hamburger to lure her into the trap.  

When you trap them trust me they will not be happy, be prepared to cover the cage and have a place to set them free far away from your home.

Preventing an Infestation

A raccoon infestation is the last thing you want. Remember that we told you in the beginning to think twice before you keep one as a pet? The beginnings of an infestation may seem harmless but they’re really not. If you see a raccoon and you think that they’re cute and decide to feed them, keep that thought to yourself.

Feeding raccoons will tell these critters to associate with you and that you’re not a threat. Once they’ve established this, they’ll have no difficulty transforming your attic into a den. It is best to back off from an aggressive raccoon.

Clapping your hands and yelling at them, once you’re a safe distance away, can serve as a reminder that you’re the bigger one here. Invest in a lockable trash can and keep your trash bags in it. A raccoon won’t know what a raccoon can’t see or smell.

 

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