Raccoons are very intelligent creatures that have learned how to make the best of living in a world full of humans.
Raccoons, like any other creature, only invade your home or yard because there’s something there that they need. In most cases, that something is food.
Keeping raccoons out of the garden is a tough task, so go into it knowing that you’ll be fighting an uphill battle.
Place Ammonia-Soaked Rags in Active Areas
Raccoons may not be in your yard looking for food. They may be looking for shelter. Raccoons can make dens in hallowed out trees, underneath decks, in attics or other sheltered areas.
If you see signs of raccoons, you can use ammonia to deter them.
Raccoons may have no trouble tossing garbage all over the yard, but they are generally very clean creatures. They do not urinate anywhere near their food or home.
Urine – as you know – contains ammonia, and the scent is exceptionally strong. The smell will turn raccoons off and (hopefully) send them running the other way. They also assume that the urine came from another animal, which would also deter them from sticking around.
Place these ammonia-soaked rags anywhere there are signs of raccoon activity.
Hot Sauce Spray
Here’s what you’ll need:
– a large spray bottle
– one small bottle of hot sauce
– mild dishwashing soap
Mix all ingredients together in the large spray bottle.
The soap helps the pepper in the hot sauce adhere to vegetation in your yard. You’ll need to reapply the spray after watering or rain.
Spraying this solution on the plants around your home, in your garden and near your trash cans will help keep raccoons away.
Hot Pepper Spray
Raccoons aren’t fond of spicy peppers, and you can use that to your advantage. While the concept is similar, the recipe for this repellent is different.
Here’s what you’ll need:
– 1 tbsp. chopped jalapeno
– 1 tbsp. cayenne pepper
– 1 tbsp. chopped yellow onion
Cook ingredients in two quarts of boiling water for 20 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool, and strain it through a cheesecloth.
This hot pepper spray will repel most wildlife as well as raccoons. But you will need to reapply it every three to five days.
If trapping, use a cage type, heavy gauge trap that’s at least 10 x 12 x 32 inches. Traps can be baited with anything from fresh fruits to canned fish-flavored pet food.
Captured raccoons should then be relocated to a suitable area. Be aware though that it may be illegal to release raccoons into parks and federal land.