Racoons can be a huge issue for those who are encountering these dangerous animals. Racoons are not only a pest and burden but are dangerous creatures because of many traits they possess. Feces is a huge problem associated with Racoons because many racoons carry worms, particularly round worms. These round worms associated with the racoon can cause nervous system issues and even death. Many diseases are associated with racoons such as rabies, salmonella, and giardiasis.
Racoons are also known for their destruction as well. Wherever racoons go, there will be destructions. The reputation that racoons have is wrecking insulation, especially in attics. The males are known for flattening the insulation while the females who if are pregnant will clear and make a nesting area for their upcoming young. This makes it easier for the racoon but makes it extremely expensive and irritating to us, especially because during the clearing process, walls, wiring, and roofs could be damaged.
Not only are racoons destructive and dangerous, they are pests. Racoons are not quiet animals that care about the noise, they are very loud and you know when they appear. Whether it be tipping trashcans or nesting in your attic, you will know when they are present because of their noises.
Where do Racoons Hide
Racoons are very intelligent animals that are known as nocturnal. These animals are more active at night than during the day. People say that racoons only come out at night but they are wrong because nursing mothers will come out of hiding during the day to find food for their kits(young).
Racoons when daylight starts approaching find many areas to hide. This would include trees, unoccupied dens, brush, and many more places. Racoons will find any spot available to hide during daybreak. Even hollow logs will come in handy for a hiding racoon.
Not only do racoons find shelter but sometimes their shelter can be a burden to humans. Sometimes racoons find shelter under homes. Under home shelters for racoons can also be just one racoon but before the owner of that home knows it there are young in that den. Not only do they den under houses but in attics as well. Along with dens under the house and the attic, many racoons like to find safety in drainage pipes because these areas feel safe to them. This can cause many issues with property damage.
How to Rid Yourself of Racoons
Once you have racoons, especially in the attic, it is important that you focus on how to remove them and not how they entered. Once the racoon is removed then you worry about point of entry. First, you will want to make sure that you are able to find traps that do not harm the animal but simply make it so you can transport them away from the house without you getting hurt. Many people choose traps that are safe to the animal but once they are in they cannot get out. Once you have a racoon in this cage, take it to a forested area away from your home and release it. Now you will need to make sure all the racoons are gone because if you trap a mother away from her children it can cause the racoon to be aggressive. Always make sure there are no kits(young) left before closing the entry point. While in the process of removal, to ensure no other racoons are entering, use lights and sound in the entry point. This will scare or frighten the animal and it will not enter at that point.
The attic is not the only place racoons are known to wreak havoc on, back yards are also popular places for racoons to come investigate. Since racoons are always searching for food, make sure that your yard area is free of any garbage. Garbage, especially food, will attract attention of the racoons, especially if they have come and gone more than once. They realize the food opportunities that are available in your yard. If you have trouble with the tipping of garbage cans, put locks on them or make sure they are sealed off so that the racoon has no point of entry anymore. Lack of entry means lack of food which means that your yard should become pest free.
You may not realize it but you are supplying racoons with food even if you are not leaving out garbage. Many yards have their favorite food, grubs, right in your yard, flowerbed, and mulched areas. These areas that have grubs are where the racoons will be prone to digging. To stop this digging, you can buy mold repellent that will get onto the racoon’s paws and food making it taste bad. The racoons will realize this will not be the place to find grubs and move on. There are a few different products you can use in this situation if you have a problem with racoons digging, one being bought from Amazon. This product is called Whole Control Liquid Mole Repellent. This product will be sprayed onto the yard, garden, or other high traffic digging areas to prevent the racoons from tasting their grubs. It will leave a foul taste to wherever they are digging, making them unlikely to come back. Another product that will help if you have active racoons digging would be Delta Guard Granules. This product will kill grubs and cut off the food source for the racoons. With no food the racoons will be unlikely to come back.
Another tip for those racoons in the yard is to not let them use it as a toilet. Not only is the smell horrible but they may be carrying a deadly disease. If you notice racoon dropping they will most likely be on a flat surface like a deck area or in your yard. If this happens make sure to use fox or coyote urine to deter them away. This will make for a clean home without disease risk.
If you have an issue with racoons under a deck then you may want to try using a radio. Set the radio near the deck on a volume that is loud enough to scare the animal and leave it there for a couple of days. This should scare the animal away and it should not return because of the radio still being there for a few days.
If you have issues with racoons on your roof, in the garage, or even in the house, and you want to humanely get rid of them, you need to make sure to buy an ultra-sonic control device. This device has high frequencies that humans cannot hear but will scare racoons and other yard pests away. These devices can be purchased on Amazon. These are a little pricier than traps and poison but will continue to work for an extended period of time with no hassles.
Another way to ensure that racoons are not able to thrive in your home is to cut off their food and water supply. Make sure garbage is always picked up and the garbage cans are always secured. If you are able to find where the damage is then you know what method to use to eliminate them from the home.
Products You Can Use
Racoons are always looking for food. There are many ways to deter this animal without harming it. One way is a mole repellent. If you use this liquid mole repellent on your yard it is almost a guarantee that racoons will not start or continue to dig any longer. This repellent leaves a very nasty taste on the racoon’s paws and grubs when it starts digging making the grubs unappetizing to the racoons.
You can also get Delta Guard Granules. This product will kill off grubs that are being dug up. If you have a problem with actively digging racoons then this product will help. This product when applied to yards, gardens, and other grub areas will kill off the remaining grubs, leaving no food source for your uninvited guests.
Another product that would be very useful is an ultra-sonic device. This device will make high frequency sounds that will deter an animal away. These sounds are mostly cannot be heard by humans but will scare any racoon or yard guest away. If you have not had a chance to get this device yet, a radio will work just as well if you can stand listening to it for a few days. Putting this device or radio near where you suspect the racoons are will scare them off. If you leave it on for a few days they are not likely to return because they do not feel safe in that area any longer.
The last product is a simple no kill trap. This trap will capture the animal so you are able to release it safely back into the wilderness. Many people often use this method because it is cheapest but it does not guarantee that these critters will not return.
There are many DIY products that you can make or use to repell or eliminate racoons. The most popular DIY product used when racoons are entering chimneys is ammonia. If you place a bowl of ammonia in your chimney/fireplace racoons will not enter due to the smell. Ammonia will repel racoons from entering the chimney.
Another repellent that is simple to use are essential oils. Tea Tree Oil that is put on the yard or anywhere will leave a foul smell as well as a foul taste if the racoon were to touch it. Peppermint Oil also leaves a very strong scent that the racoons will not like causing them to find a better location for food.
If you have issues with racoons in your yard all you need is spices you regularly have in your home. Using spices such as cinnamon, black pepper, and ground peppers will irritate the racoon’s senses and make them find a more suitable location to find food.
If you have cayenne pepper and water this repellent will help you. All you need to do it boil 2 quarts of water with a tablespoon cayenne pepper, several hot peppers, and an onion for 20 minutes. Once done boiling drain the liquid into a spray bottle and use where racoons are frequently digging or entering. You can use this on plants, in the house, or on your yard. This spray will not harm anything but will make the racoon find a more suitable location other than your yard or home.
Another option is to get motion sensor lights and sprinklers. If you have motion sensor lights and sprinklers it will scare the racoon away. If you just have lights or just have a sprinkler that will work as well. You do not need both to scare away these critters one or the other will do but both is always better.
To prevent a racoon from entering your yard is very difficult. The only way to prevent racoons from entering the yard would be to put up a very high-grade fence. However, most people do not put up fences but use repellents. Using repellents before there is a problem with racoons is the best bet to keep them off once they enter. If you use a repellent, bought or made, it will help deter these critters away.
To keep racoons out of a garden is tricky. Most people who have issues with racoons in their gardens use motion sensor sprinklers so that when the critter enters it is shocked and scared. This will keep them from destroying your garden.
Keeping racoons out of your garbage cans can be tough but with a little work it can be done. Always make sure that the garbage is not hanging over the top and has a lid. If this lid is easily removable add a bungee cord or some sort of tie to make sure that a racoon cannot open it. You can also install locks onto your garbage cans or even a heavy cover will help make the racoons have a difficult time opening the cans.
If you have a pond in your yard that has fish this could be the racoon’s food source. So how do you keep them from eating the fish? Well, there really is no easy way but the best solution is to put a wire mesh over or in the pond to protect the fish and keep the critters away. Some people also use catch and release traps as well as the mesh to ensure the racoons are not getting food from the pond.
If you have a pool in your yard that is built in or otherwise, you may notice that racoons are attracted to it. Racoons love to swim and defecate in pools. This could be dangerous and you need to keep them out. Many people set up catch and release traps to catch the critters. Another way is to put nails into a board then set the side with the sharp spikes pointing up on the pool steps. This will ensure that the critters are kept out of the pool. Using traps and boards are the best way to prevent racoons from entering your pool.
Keeping racoons out can be a hassle and keeping your home and yard racoon free can be even harder. However, if you use products that are mentioned above and use them before you have a problem, you may never have to worry about racoons. If you have racoons you now know how to rid yourself of these pests.