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Top Ways to Deter and Get Rid of Raccoons
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You may think of raccoons as cute, furry little animals but they’re actually quite the nuisance! Before they get in – deter raccoons to save you grief (and cost) later! They will enter your yard and home seeking food, shelter and water and if they find any, they are quite hard to get rid of. These creatures are aggressive and destructive and love nothing more than to destroy your vegetable gardens or get into your trash cans.
Finding a raccoon on your property is going to lead you seek out ways to deter and get rid of them. Read on to find out some great solutions!
How to deter raccoons
Make them feel unwelcome
Use light and sound
Raccoons are usually entering your yard to find a safe, warm and quiet place to nest. Making your yard the opposite of that can work to discourage them from sticking around. Use bright lights, music and foot traffic to ‘scare’ the raccoons into leaving. This method is debatable though, so give it a try but be aware that it may not work.
Remove the Vegetation
Raccoons will forage for food anywhere they can, so having a garden makes their job easy! Not planting a garden will help prevent them from getting comfortable in your yard, but if you have to be sure it’s well protected.
Also, be sure to remove any branches that might help them climb their way to your attic or provide leaves for padding for a den under your deck or shed.
If you have a raccoon that you’re not sure how to get rid of, call a professional to help. Raccoons are aggressive so you have to be careful how you approach them!
Plant cucumber along your fence and in your garden because raccoons hate the smell of them and will stay far away!
Use ammonia or vinegar to steer them away
Soak a few tennis balls in ammonia and place them where you think they live to send them packing. Or use vinegar on anything they may try to eat.
Use garlic or cayenne pepper to make a repellant
Raccoons don’t like the smell of either, so you can make a solution to spray around their known entrances to your home or sprinkle the powder around your garden.
Use predator urine
Use the urine of wolves, coyotes or bobcats- purchased from some outdoor stores or online- to deter raccoons. This makes them think a predator is nearby so they need to escape as soon as possible.
Make it difficult for them to get what they want
Close any access points
Use wooden boards, wired mesh, netting or newspaper to seal any access points to your home, under your deck or under & in your shed. Monitor these points to make sure the raccoons aren’t finding a way to break through.
Cover water Sources
Raccoons are always on the hunt for water sources, so make sure you aren’t leaving them any. Cover any ponds and pools, dump any bins that can collect rain water and don’t leave water dishes out for them.
Protect your garbage
The main goal of a raccoon entering your property is to find food. And their main source is going to be your garbage can. Discourage them by making your garbage can inaccessible. Lock it up or take it inside at night, and keep it sealed when it has to be out. Use a cinder block to weigh down the lid.
Don’t leave pet food out
Pet food is the easiest way to invite raccoons to stick around. Having a steady food source gives them reason to call your yard home.
Install bird feeders on thin poles
You bird feeder provides the perfect food source for a raccoon! Installing it on top of a thin pole rather than a thick one prevents the raccoon from being able to climb it.
Raccoons are a pest you want to deter and get rid of
When you find a raccoon on your property or in your home you can bet that they have found something they need. From food and water to a place to have babies, they rarely stick around if they don’t find things that serve a purpose. Removing these helpful items will help encourage them to leave your property. There are also many things you can do to try to deter them from getting comfortable – so get to it!
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Raccoons are one of those kinds of animals that can be quite a nuisance around your home. They truly love to get into things, and can often do a great deal of damage around your house. It is not only about the trouble that they can get themselves into either. Raccoons often carry diseases, such as bacteria and parasites, which pose a serious health risk to you, your family, and your pets. This is why you want to try to be as proactive as possible at keeping them away from your home if you can do so.
One way that people attempt to do so is by trying to scare the raccoon away. They look for measures that can make it so the raccoon will stay away from their property without them having to actively try to confront the critter. If you are looking for a way to scare raccoons. Then here are some suggestions for you.
Find out whether or not raccoons can open doors or windows.
First of all, understand that raccoons are nocturnal creatures. This means that they prefer to come out at nighttime and hunt as opposed to being out in the day. This gives them several advantages in terms of survival, and so this is why you will see them out during this period. This is one of the ways that you can attempt to scare a raccoon.
Because they are nocturnal creatures. They do all that they can to avoid areas where there is a large amount of light. By using a floodlight around your property, you can do a great deal to try to deter these animals away. In fact, one of the most successful means that you can use to scare off a raccoon is by using a motion sensor that activates a floodlight. If the raccoon comes into your yard or across your property and activates that light, it will brightly shine down on them and they will be startled and run away.
The same method can be used if you decide to use a sprinkler system that is activated using a motion sensor. Water can be an equally successful deterrent in getting a raccoon to go away, especially when it suddenly turns on and startles the little critter.
You don’t need to be particularly high-tech to try to get these animals to go away. Many have success by using very low-tech ideas. Having a pet can be quite successful as well. Raccoons don’t particularly like large dogs and so if you have one of these animals you can have a great deal of success in scaring the raccoon away as well. The best part about it is that you don’t even have to release your dog into the yard. Frequently the raccoon will run away just because of the noise the dog makes. If you have a recording of a dog barking that you can play you can have just as much success.
As you see, it is noises and light that will have the greatest amount of effect on keeping a raccoon away from your property. This protects you and ensures that you don’t have to do very much to keep this animal away.
For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
How much does raccoon removal cost? — get the lowdown on prices.
How to get rid of raccoons — my main raccoon removal info guide.
Example raccoon trapping photographs — get do-it-yourself ideas.
Raccoon job blog — learn from great examples of raccoon jobs I’ve done.
Raccoons in the attic — read about what to do.
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Hi my name is Brendan Mangnitz, I have been in the Nuisance Wildlife Removal industry for nearly 6 years after I graduated from College at UF with a background in Entomology and Wildlife Biology. I have seen and controlled just about any wildlife issue you may think of. I have dealt with Raccoons in apartments complex, Raccoon removal from your everyday house hold, Raccoons in the Attic, Raccoons digging up yards, Raccoons in Pools, Raccoons stuck in Chimney’s, and the list goes on and on. I have used several different control and removal methods for raccoons and that’s what I want to share with you guys on our website.
Here is a video of a raccoon I caught in an attic. Listen to the sounds it makes, are you hearing raccoons in your attic?
This article is about how to remove raccoons from your home, attic or property; we will also go over the noises that raccoons generally make. Many of my customers, clients and even technicians ask me what type of noises and sounds do raccoons make? Although this isn’t generally a good method to diagnose without a professional animal inspection, you should also look at my other page on raccoon feces and urine because identifying raccoon feces is a better way to diagnose raccoon existence. However, raccoons do make noises that can be helpful in confirmation of raccoons in the attic, raccoons on your lawn or even raccoons inside your home.
First, let’s start off with the sounds that raccoons make in the attic. Raccoons are larger mammals and generally weigh between 10 and 15 pounds, so when they walk on your roof you can actually hear them through the shingles. It will sound like there’s something running around on the roof. If the raccoon opens up the soffits or gets into your attic you will still be able to hear the raccoon rummaging through the insulation. Raccoons can be sneaky and quiet if they want to be, so you may not hear them at first. Once they become comfortable in your attic and feel safe, you will hear them running around. Raccoons can remove insulation. You will also hear raccoon sounds through your drywall. The sounds a raccoon makes will sound like loud scratching. Raccoons will stomp on the drywall. Honestly, I tell my customers if it sounds like there’s a party upstairs, you might actually have raccoons in the attic. Raccoons tend to be quite loud, unlike rodents or animals that are small enough to run around silently.
One sound you may hear raccoons make in the attic is the mother raccoon calling for her babies. You can click on my YouTube video and listen to the sounds of a baby raccoon calling for its’ mother. When the mother raccoon leaves the attic, her babies will become afraid and these raccoon babies will make a chirping sound that’s very similar to high-pitched birds. This raccoon chirping and raccoon noises in the attic is the mother calling to her babies, that the raccoon babies are hungry in the attic, the raccoon babies are scared or even that the raccoon babies might be in danger. If you enter an attic and you think you have raccoons from sounds of the baby raccoons calling for the mother you hear, you need to leave the attic immediately.
Some of my customers ask me about sounds they hear at night. The sounds of raccoons at night may be the mother raccoon calling the baby, the baby raccoons calling for the mother, or even female raccoons calling a male raccoon for mating. If you are hearing the sounds and noises that raccoons make, you want to stay away from those sounds! Do not go towards them! If a raccoon thinks that a human is threatening it or its raccoon babies’ safety, the raccoon can become extremely aggressive and that raccoon may try to attack you. I absolutely recommend staying away from raccoons and if you hear raccoon noises or raccoon sounds you should contact a raccoon trapper and raccoon removal company immediately. Only professionals know how to get you taken care of.
You can hear raccoon sounds at all hours of the day, although raccoons are generally nocturnal. If raccoons have babies in the attic, those raccoon babies can make noises during the day when the mother raccoon leaves to get food or if there are issues with the baby raccoons. The mother raccoon can also make calling sounds during the day for help; that is why customers sometimes call me and say they hear noises at night or they think that they might have an issue with raccoons but they’re hearing the noises during the day. Raccoons can be a nuisance 24/7 when you deal with wildlife.
Although it is more common to hear raccoon noises at night, do not rule out that you might have raccoons in the attic if you hear the sounds during the day. If you check out the video below you will hear the sound of a mother raccoon that I caught in an attic. I hand-removed the baby raccoons so you can hear the sound of the mother raccoon talking to the baby raccoon and the baby raccoons talking back to the mother raccoon. I had my technician Corey with me during this raccoon removal and he helped me handpick the raccoons out of the attic. We were able to find the baby raccoons because of the chirping and loud calling sounds that the baby raccoons were making, since the mother was gone. We only went into the attic because we knew that we had successfully trapped and removed the mother raccoon earlier, otherwise it would have been too dangerous for Corey and I to go into the attic.
If you think you are having an issue with raccoons in your attic or you have Raccoon Damage and want to get an expert opinion on the sounds you are hearing, give me a call! My name is Brendan Mangnitz with 24/7 Wildlife Control and I am always available to help identify the sounds you hear, and I would be happy to send one of our technicians out to assist you.
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