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Raccoon Removal and Control Techniques

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Raccoon Removal and Control Techniques

 Raccoon Removal

Raccoon removal in and around you home can be a difficult task given the creativity of these woodland creatures. They are very intelligent and do most of their ramblings at night!

Controlling raccoons in your home or yard takes an integrated approach: employing scare tactics, setting traps, using repellants, protecting your trash as well as fencing and keeping your yard clean.

In essence, the more defense strategies you use against raccoons, the better your chances are at removing them and even keeping them at bay.

If you are fed up with raccoons` mess and damages to your yard or house, then you are the right audience for this article.

To help you control and keep away raccoons from your home, we are going to provide you with effective raccoon removal and control techniques.

Our control methods will not only help you to keep your property and home raccoon free, but they will also help you to maintain your home`s worth and value way down the road. 

When we mention property and home we are speaking of a residential or specified area around your home. We are not claiming this will run raccoons off your property if you own lots of acreage!

Methods of Raccoon Removal from your Property and Home

  1. Repellents

While raccoons tend to be persistent, using repellants can help to prevent them from invading your yard or touching various objects and surfaces near your house.

Since these creatures tend to be persistent, it might take several weeks before they learn to associate a particular area with a repellent. 

Repellents are classified according to formulation i.e. liquid, granules and electronic repellents. 

v Electronic repellents.

They are often used to scare away raccoons from areas such as garbage cans, trees, vegetable gardens, pathways, flowerbeds, lawns, structures, koi ponds, pathways, mulch beds, entryways as well as pool areas and plants.

They are easy to maintain and better alternatives compared to most conventional repellents.

v Granular Repellents.

They are ideal for making barriers around specific areas such as crawlspaces.

These may include naphtha and mothball based ingredients that discourage these animals from revisiting the site. 

v Liquid repellents.

They protect surfaces like trash cans and bird feeders, especially for more targeted protection. 

  1. Use a live Trap

Using a live trap is ideal for removing raccoons that are residing inside your property, home, barn, sheds or attic.

Set your live trap manually and bait it to allow the raccoon to enter it fully.

Once you have set your live trap, position it near their hideout or the point where they access your backyard, and check it frequently.

When installing your live trap, wear gloves to position your trap in the right position.

It is also important to use extra-large live traps to capture these animals as some raccoons are big hence they can break away.

When used with other extermination techniques, raccoon traps can successfully capture them so you can safely remove or exterminate them. (We do not encourage the killing of any of our furry friends unless it is a necessity)

Preferably remove them to another location where they have adequate food and water to roam and dens, such as a mountain or local forest.

If you are battling a serious raccoon problem, you should consult a professional to help you to deal with the problem. 

  1. Predator Urine

Predator urine is readily available in most outlets including online retailers and even sporting goods shops.

Predator urine such as urine from animals like wolves, mountain lions and coyotes can make the raccoons think that predators are around. Hence they will be more likely to stay away.

Spray the predator urine around areas such as crawlspaces, sheds, and flowerbeds as well as other areas where they like to hang out. 

  1. Scarecrow Sprinkler

This product is also an excellent way to keep away raccoons especially from your backyard or garden.

The scarecrow is a motion-activated sprinkler.

When the raccoon trips or moves the sensor, it triggers a sudden noise and sprinkler action that frightens the animal and scares it away. It also wets their bodies, forcing them to leave suddenly. 

  1. Ammonia (Shake-Off Fox/Coyote granules)

Since raccoons are relatively clean animals and they do not go to the toilet where they eat and sleep, it can make sense to soak clothes with ammonia and place them in places where they like to hide or interact.

This can drive them out to try other places. Like humans, their urine contains ammonia, which might make them think that their den is soiled, causing them to look for a new hideout.

Ammonia can be found in the form of products such as Shake-Off Fox/Coyote granules, which are sold at Amazon as a raccoon remover.  

  1. Guns

This is certainly a last ditch effort! I mean, last resort!! If you are not very well versed in handling a weapon, please contact your local County Extension Agent. All counties should have one!

They should also have information on laws pertaining to whether it is legal to remove wildlife in this manner.

If push comes to shove and you decide that it’s time to take off the gloves and deal with these pests head-on, the gun might come in handy.

Also be sure to acquaint yourself with all the relevant laws and regulations in your area pertaining to, discharging a firearm and killing of raccoons.  This may not be permissible in some areas.

Other extra steps you will need to undertake to remove raccoons include covering your trashcans, fixing fence openings, maintaining food sources out of view and locking your dogs at night.

These steps will also reduce the chances of other undesirable pests entering your property or home. 

Remember, when trying things you are not sure about, always get in touch with your local Extension Agent, he or she will have had some experience with this at some time.

I promise you are not the first person to be aggravated by these furry masked bandits! Treat the as well as you can but use whatever means is needed!

Some of them will leave peaceably and some will not. Always remember, if you corner a wild animal, its instinct is to fight back!

They can and will bite when cornered! The bite can cause damage and spread germs also!

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