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- Garden & Farm
- Defecation (Pooping)
- Garden and Small Farm Protection
Raccoons eat both animals and plants. In the garden their first true love is corn, with grapes running a close second. Melons are also very popular and when these are not available they will eat various other fruits or vegetables at or just before their peak ripeness.
On the farm they are well known for raiding chicken coops, killing fowl, eating eggs, and ravaging a wide range of food stores. The situation can be hard to deal with, because the best answer (removing or interdicting the food source) may not be an option, and raccoons are talented at breaking into food stores that have been boxed in, locked up, or otherwise protected. And in this context repellents are not much use because hungry raccoons will overcome their aversion to repellents in order to reach food. An excellent solution to keeping raccoons out of poultry houses and farm food stores is with a Mr. McGregor’s Fence®. This powerful yet economical solution puts a combination of low barrier fence and electric fence around the perimeter. Since animals are terrified by electricity much more than by repellants, this answer is 100% effective all of the time. Another option is Mr. McGregors’s Custom Fence® for Ponds and Vineyards which is an easily installed and moved electric fence system.
For vegetable gardeners looking to protect a combination of crops such as corn, melons and other crops, the best answer is a Mr. McGregor’s Fence® . This powerful yet economical solution puts a combination of low barrier fence and electric fence around the garden and provides protection not only against raccoons but also a long list of other critters. Since animals are terrified by electricity – much more than by repellants – this answer is 100% effective all of the time. If the only threat to your garden are raccoons you can opt for a Mr. McGregors’s Custom Fence® for Ponds and Vineyards which is easily installed and moved to accommodate crops ripening at different times.
Trapping raccoons in live traps is another option though that often involves trapping a lot of them and because they are territorial, new ones will move into vacated territory. Once caught they should be released far away-some say as far as 20 or 30 miles away-in order to ensure they don’t return. This, however, is not a humane process for by taking them outside their own territory and into unknown areas the animals have a very slim chance of survival. Deterrent devices like the motion activated water sprayer, motion activated electronic device or motion activated ultrasonic device, used in conjunction with predator urine or Critter Ridder® near a food source, will do a good job of deterring exploring animals not yet familiar with a food source.
Grapes are a raccoon favorite and they will eat them just as you’re contemplating whether to turn your crop into jelly or wine. The most effective way of keeping raccoons out of vineyards is with Mr. McGregors’s Custom Fence® for Ponds and Vineyards, an electric fence system that is a breeze to install and move. If your vines are on an arbor and part of the landscaping, you may be able to protect them with a motion activated water sprayer or an electric fence installation on the arbor.
Raccoons will attack pond fish and may also damage pond plants. A very effective way to keep out raccoons – as well as heron and kingfishers – is with a motion-activated water sprayer. Another excellent option for keeping away raccoons is a motion-activated electronic device that turns on a super bright LED light and talk radio. Trapping with live traps and removing the offenders also works though it requires some patience and time during which fish could be lost. Predator urine is effective until the intruder figures out that there are no predators in the vicinity and is best used as an interim measure or in an integrated approach. The most effective way of protecting a pond is with Mr. McGregors’s Custom Fence® for Ponds and Vineyards, an electric fence that is a breeze to install and move.
Raccoons and opossums will dig up lawns to get at grubs. Because their paws are very sensitive, raccoons are finicky about what they touch and they don’t like the feel of polypropylene netting. Black and unobtrusive, bird nets can be spread out over the lawn and quickly taken up when it’s time to cut the grass or when the raccoons have moved on. Alternatively, If the area is small and the digging is relatively minor, try treating the area with Dr. T’s Whole Control, a castor oil derived product which works by coating the grubs that the critters eat. This causes an upset stomach and conditions the critters to stay away. If there is a water supply nearby then an excellent way to deter raccoons is with a motion-activated water sprayer. Since raccoons and opossums are nocturnal another effective way of deterring them is to scare them with a motion-activated electronic device that turns on a super bright LED light and talk radio. If the critters persist or if the area is very large and the digging intense, you can try live trapping them. In that case you should follow this up, once the raccoons familiar with the food source have been removed, by treating a large area around the digging site with predator urine or Critter Ridder® and/or by installing an ultrasonic or electronic device or water sprayer.
Raccoons are notorious for raiding outdoor garbage pails, but it doesn’t really matter whether it is raccoons, opossums, or some other critter, because the best answer is essentially the same: if you can’t remove the food source, make it unpalatable by spraying garbage bags or the garbage itself with Ro-pel® which makes the garbage taste terrible and will generally stop the attacks. Predator urine and Critter Ridder® sprinkled around the area will also keep the critters away. An electronic device can do a great job of scaring raccoons away.
Raccoons are very finicky and clean creatures and rather than pooping in their den areas, raccoons establish “latrine” sites elsewhere. An excellent way to get raccoons to move their latrines is to install a motion activated water sprayer targeting the latrine site. When the motion detector senses activity it will spray any animal that comes near the site with an unpleasant blast of water. If water isn’t handy then a motion activated electronic device can also do a great job of getting the critters to move their latrine. An ultrasonic device will also get the job done. Once they’ve moved it you can prevent them from bringing it back by sprinkling predator urine and Critter Ridder® sprinkled around the area.
Indoor Raccoon Removal
If raccoons have moved into some confined space in your attic, chimney, wall spaces, or into the rooms of an unoccupied building, there are ways to evict them but you may need to call in a professional pest control company.
The traditional method of evicting raccoons is by trapping the offenders. Place a live trap near their entry way and bait it. Once caught you should release them far away-some say as far as 20 or 30 miles away-in order to ensure they don’t return. Although effective, this is not a humane means of eviction for by taking them outside their own territory and into unknown areas the animals have a very slim chance of survival.
Once the infested area is clear put out Critter Ridder® or predator urine or install an ultrasonic device like the Yard Guard in the formerly infested area and seal up the entrance. Then spray the sealed up area with Ro-pel®.
Do not poison the raccoons unless you have a high tolerance to the ungodly smell of decaying flesh.