Try some of these ethical DIY tips and tricks for raccoon removal before calling the local pest control
Raccoon removals don’t have to be costly
Keeping your garbage out of reach from raccoons is one of the simplest deterrent strategies you can implement right away for raccoon removal.
1. Step one is to ensure that all areas around your home are clean and garbage free. This will include bringing any cat or dog food inside your home at night. Make sure to check under bushes and trees for berries and fallen fruit. Raccoons LOVE fruits & berries and will always come back unless an area is totally clean from them.
2. Use latching garbage can lids that can be closed giving the raccoons no points of entry. If you cannot find a suitable trash can, consider building an enclosed shed for it. Garbage can storage sheds are a good way of hiding your garbage from animals and keep your yard looking tidy.
3. Another way of keeping your garbage can secure is to place a heavy weight, bricks or rocks on the lid when garbage is in the can.
4. Raccoons have a very good sense of smell so frequently washing out your garbage cans with a good cleaner is always a good idea for keeping the smells down. Also, be sure to tip any unused cans upside down to ensure they do not collect water for raccoons to drink.
5. Always place lids back on your garbage cans immediately after inserting the trash. Raccoons and other neighborhood pests might decide to invite themselves over for dinner…
6. Another method for keeping raccoons away from garbage cans is to sprinkle one cup of ammonia solution around the inside of each trash can along with some cayenne pepper powder.
7. Make sure that any picnic tables or other outdoor eating locations around your home are clean from any left over food before you retire for the night. Even the smallest bit of food on the ground could tempt a raccoon to investigate.
8. If possible, store trash cans indoors if you are going away for any long period of time.
9. If you have meat or very tempting food in your trash, always double the plastic bags and try putting a little bleach or strong cleaner on the outside of the bags before depositing it in the can.
10. If a raccoon is raiding your fish pond, try placing some PVC tubes at least 2 ft in length in your pond. This gives the fish a safe place to hide from raccoons and other wildlife around your neighborhood.
11. To prevent raccoons from climbing your fruit trees, wrap a two-foot-wide sheet metal around the trunk of the tree about two feet above the ground and trim any branches that are providing other access, such as from rooftops or fences.
Removing a Raccoon Den from Your Home.
If raccoons have gotten into an attic or crawl space the very first signs are the sounds of scratching, chattering and jumping.
When raccoons are already inside your attic the main problem is what methods of removal can be used. Attics provides a warm and safe location for raccoon’s to build a den.
If a raccoon is not removed as soon as it is noticed, a great deal of damage to your home and property can be done, which could result in tens of thousands of dollars lost. These large animals can ruin insulation, chew through structures, and devastate wiring. Creating a very large fire hazard as well as strong odors from waste. Raccoons can also transfer diseases such as Rabies, Raccoon Roundworm, Giardia, and Leptospirosis, just to name a few.
To determine if an opening is being used, block the hole loosely with some crumpled newspaper. Leave the paper in place for two or three days.
If the newspaper goes undisturbed, and the weather has not been particularly cold or stormy, no one is using it as an entryway. If the newspaper has been pushed out of place, someone has moved in.
1. Try placing a flashlight or work light in the den site along with a radio set to rock n Roll. Raccoons do not like bright lights or loud noises, so hopefully this combo will make them decide to move elsewhere.
2. Place rags soaked with apple cider vinegar in a plastic container taped shut with some holes punched into the lid so that the smell can permeate. Place one or more containers in the den or at the entry points if the inside is not accessible. Refill the apple cider vinegar as needed every couple of days.
3. Soak up 3-5 tennis balls with ammonia and throw them inside and around the den site. Also, place some ammonia soaked rags near/around the entrances of the den site. This should motivate the raccoon’s to move and relocate their young. The smell will make their living conditions unbearable, but it smells like a decent cleaning solution to us.
4. Bring some water to a boil, then add yellow onions, jalapeno poppers along with some cayenne pepper. Once the water has cooled down, transfer it into a spray bottle. It might be a good idea to put on goggles and a mask before spraying down the den entry points. This method can also be used to keep raccoons out of your garden or any other unwanted locations. In most cases, such techniques will disturb the raccoons enough that the mother will take her babies, one-by-one, to a backup den site. But you must give them sufficient time to move their young and double check the den before closing up the site.
Another Useful Trick To Use Is One Way Doors
One way doors are a great way to get and keep raccoons out of attics and crawl spaces.
Before using one-way doors, make sure there are no babies in the den site. The mother cannot be isolated from her young until they are big enough to exit through the one way door on their own.
Live Trap Cages are a common way of trapping raccoons for relocation purposes. This is the method that most wildlife control companies will use for removals and charge you an arm and a leg for…
HOW LIVE TRAPS WORK?
Live Cage traps are generally large metal cages into which the raccoon enters, lured in by food. Near the
back of the cage is a trip pan. When the raccoon steps on the pan, it triggers the trap door shut, and the animal is trapped inside unharmed.
Types Of Live Trap Bait Raccoon’s Like.
Raccoons are opportunistic eaters known to dine on a variety of foods, but they favor those high in fat
Here are 8 Favorite raccoon foods used in live traps
3 Sweet corn
4 Vegetables coated in honey or sugar
5 Crisp bacon
6 Wet cat food
7 Fish (Fresh, Smoked or canned)
8 Cooked fatty meat.
(NOTE) Always check your live traps daily to ensure no wild animal or pet (Neighbours Cat) has been stuck inside without food or water.
Raccoons Digging Up Your Yard
Raccoons love eating insects in your yard and since their favorite food is grubs You might notice that your lawn is taking a hit.
When insects are the problem you will often find that raccoons will pull and flip pieces of sod, dig up turf and overturn mulch around your property.
Raccoons have a very good sense of smell which can sniff out any insects that you might have on or under the grass.
The first thing I would try is a very bad tasting and smelling spray such as the one mentioned earlier in this post talking about using yellow onions, jalapeno poppers along with some cayenne pepper.
When the raccoon come to dig they will be overwhelmed by the smell of deterrent forcing them to move on.
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