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How To Get Rid Of Raccoons Effectively | Dear Adam Smith

Updated on Dec 01, 2019

How to get rid of raccoons? Raccoons can be a huge issue for those who are encountering these dangerous animals. Raccoons are not only a pest and burden but are dangerous creatures because of the many traits they possess. Feces is a huge problem associated with raccoons because many raccoons carry worms, particularly roundworms.

These roundworms associated with the raccoon can cause nervous system issues and even death. Many diseases are associated with raccoons such as rabies, salmonella, and giardiasis. Raccoons are also known for their destruction as well. Wherever raccoons go, there will be destructions. The reputation raccoons have is wrecking insulation, especially in attics.

The raccoon males are known for flattening the insulation while the raccoon females who if are pregnant will clear and make a nesting area for their upcoming young. This makes it easier for the raccoon 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 raccoons destructive and dangerous, but they are also pests. Raccoons are not quiet animals that care about the noise, they are very loud and you know when they appear. Whether it be tipping trash cans or nesting in your attic, you will know when raccoons are present because of their noises. You might want to check your trash cans sometimes since a raccoon’s eating trash from your garbage bag. Better yet, hide your garbage in order for the raccoon to stop littering and making your place a mess.

Where Do Raccoons Hide

Raccoons are very intelligent animals, they’re known as nocturnal. These animals are more active at night than during the day. People say, raccoons only come out at night but they are wrong because nursing mothers will come out of hiding during the day finding food for their kits(young).

Raccoons, when daylight starts approaching, find many areas to hide. This would include trees, unoccupied dens, brush, trash cans, and many more places. Raccoons will find any spot available for hiding during daybreak. Even hollow logs will come in handy for a hiding raccoon. Not only do raccoons find shelter but sometimes their shelter can be a burden over humans.

Sometimes raccoons find shelter under homes. Under home shelters for raccoons can also be just one raccoon 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 raccoons like finding safety in drainage pipes because these areas feel safe for them. This can cause many issues with property damage.

How to Rid Yourself of Raccoons

Once you have raccoons, especially in the attic, it’s important that you focus on removing them and not how they entered. Once the raccoon is removed then you worry about point of entry. First, you will want making sure you’re able to find traps which do not harm the raccoon but simply make it so you can transport them away from the house without you getting hurt.

Many people choose raccoon traps which are safe to the raccoon but once they’re in they cannot get out. Once you have a raccoon 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 raccoons are gone because if you trap a mother away from her children it can cause the raccoon become aggressive.

Always make sure there are no kits (young) left before closing the entry point. While in the process of removal, ensuring no other raccoons are entering, use lights and sound in the entry point. This will scare or frighten the raccoon and it will not enter at some point.

The attic’s not the only place raccoons are known wreaking havoc on, backyards are also popular places for raccoons to come investigate.

Since raccoons are always searching for food, make sure your yard area’s free of any garbage. Garbage, especially food, will attract the attention of the raccoons, especially if they have come and gone more than once. They realize the food opportunities 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 the raccoon 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 raccoons with food even if you are not leaving out the garbage. Many yards have their favorite food, grubs, right in your yard, flowerbed, and mulched areas. These areas which have grubs are where the raccoons will be prone to digging.

To stop this digging, you can buy mold repellent that will get onto the raccoon’s paws and food making it taste bad. The raccoons will realize this will not be the place finding grubs and move on. There are a few different products you can use in this situation if you have a problem with raccoons 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 preventing the raccoons from tasting their grubs. It will leave a foul taste wherever they are digging, making them unlikely coming back. Another product that will help if you have active raccoons digging would be Delta Guard Granules. This product will kill grubs and cut off the food source for the raccoons. With no food, the raccoons will be unlikely to come back.

Another tip for those raccoons in the yard is not letting them use it as a toilet. Not only is the smell horrible but they may be carrying a deadly disease. If you notice raccoon 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 raccoons under a deck then you may want try using a radio. Set the radio near the deck on a volume that’s loud enough to scare the raccoon and leave it there for a couple of days. This should scare the raccoon away and it should not return because of the radio still being there for a few days.

If you have issues with raccoons on your roof, in the garage, or even in the house, and you want humanely get rid of them, you need to make sure to buy an ultrasonic control device. This device has high frequencies that humans cannot hear but will scare raccoons and other yard pests away. These devices can be purchased on Amazon. These are a little pricier than traps and poison but will continue working for an extended period of time with no hassles.

Another way to ensuring raccoons are not able thriving in your home’s to cut off their food and water supply. Make sure garbage or trash 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 for eliminating them from the home.

Products You Can Use

Raccoons are always looking for food. There are many ways to deter the raccoon without harming it. One way’s a mole repellent. If you use this liquid mole repellent on your yard it’s almost a guarantee that raccoons will not start or continue digging any longer. This repellent leaves a very nasty taste on the raccoon’s paws and grubs when it starts digging making the grubs unappetizing to the raccoons.

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 raccoons then this bait product will help. When applied over yards, gardens, and other grub areas will kill off the remaining grubs, leaving no food source for your uninvited guests.

Another bait product that would be very useful is an ultrasonic device. The device will make high-frequency sounds that will deter a raccoon away. These sounds are mostly cannot be heard by humans but will scare any raccoon or yard guest away. If you have not had a chance getting this device yet, a radio will work just as well if you can stand listening to it for a few days. Putting the device or radio near where you suspect the raccoons 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’s a simple no-kill trap. The trap will capture the raccoon so you are able to release it safely back into the wilderness. Many people often use this method because it’s the cheapest but it does not guarantee that these critters will not return.

DIY Products

There are many DIY products that you can make or use to repel or eliminate raccoons. The most popular DIY product used when raccoons are entering chimneys is ammonia. If you place a bowl of ammonia in your chimney/fireplace raccoons will not enter because of the smell since the creatures hat the smell. Ammonia will repel raccoons from entering the chimney.

Another repellent that’s simple to use is essential oils. Tea Tree Oil that’s put on the yard or anywhere will leave a foul smell as well as a foul taste if the raccoon were to touch it. Peppermint Oil also leaves a very strong scent that the raccoons will not like causing them finding a better location for food. This will help you repel the creatures and if you repeat the process several times, you may be able to get rid of the creatures completely.

If you have issues with raccoons 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 raccoon’s senses and make them find a more suitable location for finding food. If you have cayenne pepper and water, the spray repellent will help you prevent raccoons from entering your yard.

All you need doing is 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 spray where raccoons are frequently digging or entering. You can use the spray on plants, in the house, or on your yard. The spray will not harm anything but will make the raccoon 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 raccoon 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. The good thing about DIY repellents is that they allow you to make it yourself thereby controlling what goes into the repellant and what does.

This allows you to avoid adding toxic ingredients that may be harmful to you or your environment. It’s also cheaper compared to most store-bought repellents. Also, most DIY raccoon repellents are easy to use. In case you are worried, they are also as effective as store-bought products.


Trying to prevent a raccoon from entering your yard is very difficult this is because the creatures are always ready to do whatever it takes to get where they want to be. The only way to prevent raccoons 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 raccoons 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 raccoons out of a garden is tricky. Most people who have issues with raccoons in their gardens use motion sensor sprinklers so that when the critter enters it’s shocked and scared. This will keep them from destroying your garden. Keeping raccoons 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 raccoon cannot open it. You can also install locks onto your garbage bag. trash cans or even a heavy cover will help make the raccoons have a difficult time opening the cans.

If you have a pond in your yard that has fish this could be the raccoon’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 raccoons are not getting food from the pond.

If you have a pool in your yard that’s built in or otherwise, you may notice that raccoons are attracted to it. Raccoons love to swim and defecate in pools. This could be dangerous and you need to keep them out. Many people set up a 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 raccoons from entering your pool.
Keeping raccoons out can be a hassle and keeping your home and yard raccoon 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 raccoons. If you have raccoons you now know how to rid yourself of these pests.