Home owners find raccoons to be pests that can cause real damage. The masked bandit will overturn trashcans. It will raid gardens. It gets into pet food that has been stored within the rascal’s reach. It can overturn birdfeeders and eat up the contents. Worst of all, it could carry rabies, a threat to people and pets alike.
There are a few ways you can protect yourself from this pest. First, secure your trashcans and make sure nothing edible is available to the raccoon. You can anchor the cans with bungee cords and place something heavy on the top. You can also move the cans inside a garage or shed to keep them away from raccoons. Animal feed should be placed in tightly sealed containers.Raccoons can chew through a bag but they cannot break into a plastic bin with a locked top. Second, make sure chimneys cannot become a raccoon’s den by placing screen over the opening. Look for other raccoon den sites in your yard. Third, make bird feeders raccoon-proof. This can be done by hanging a trashcan lid over the feeder. Mammals such as raccoons and squirrels will be deterred and birds can still eat.
If a raccoon nests in a chimney, the best chance of removing him is to wait until dark and then place wire screen over the entrance, thus trapping him outside. If the raccoon is a mother, it may take up to eight weeks before the kits are old enough to follow her out. This means waiting until the kits leave the chimney with the mother before placing the screen.
However, once preventative measures are in place, you may need to consider a raccoon repellent. There are several options.
To prevent raccoons from invading your garden, yard or barn, you may want to spread a scent-based repellent . One such repellent makes the raccoons think that the area is already taken by a coyote. For a raccoon, the scent of a predator is enough to keep the raccoon away. You may want to use the repellent around trashcans and other possible food sources.
Another kind of repellent is pepper-based. Some come in sprays which can be applied directly to trashcans and areas where raccoons are known to lurk. If this is spread in a yard, garden or barn, wherever a food source is, the raccoon will not want to enter the area.
Each season it is necessary to reapply the repellent to make sure raccoons don’t return to your yard. With the help of a raccoon repellent you can reclaim your yard as your own.