What Are The Best Raccoon Repellents?
Trying to encourage a raccoon to avoid your yard or garden is something that can often be a significant challenge, particularly if the garden has features that raccoons find attractive such as trees, easy access to food or a warm, safe place to nest. The challenge when dealing with raccoons is that they are adaptable and clever animals, so in many situations, if the benefits of visiting an area
outweigh any discomfort they feel from a repellent, then those repellents can prove to be ineffective.
The most successful method of dealing with a raccoon problem is to take steps such as securing garbage and pet food, and making sure that fences are well maintained, in conjunction with using a repellent. Here we will look at some of the different types of repellents
that are available and can be used.
One of the most important things when looking at repellents that are commercially available is to ensure that they will not be hazardous or dangerous, a some chemicals can be harmful to children and pets. The way that chemical repellents work is to mimic the scent of the natural predators of raccoons, making the raccoon want to avoid the area because of a fear that the predator will be returning to that location.
The most common repellent that is available is a product that mimics the scent of the coyote, which is the most common predator in North America. These can often be fairly effective, but depending on the location and the predators that raccoons in your area will have learned to fear, products that mimic the urine of mountain lions and wolves are also available. These are generally available in granules or in a spray form, which should be applied around the boundaries of the yard or garden in order to repel the raccoon.
Home Made Raccoon Repellents
There are many different approaches that have gathered popularity among those who create their own home made raccoon repellents, from using domestic chemicals to getting creative with food recipes. One of the most common home made repellents is a pepper based solution that will use hot jalapeno or habanero peppers that are then diluted into a spray which can be sprayed around the perimeter of the property. There are also similar solutions involving cayenne pepper, but like many raccoon repellents, these can also cause discomfort for domestic pets such as cats and dogs.
Another repellent that is known to have some success is to soak rags in ammonia which are then placed in and around the entry points that the raccoons are using to get in and out of the yard or house. The ammonia needs to be refreshed regularly to ensure the smell remains strong, but due to its toxic nature it is important to be very careful when using this approach. There are some people who swear that human urine is a successful repellent for raccoons, although this certainly hasn't been proven in studies, and taking this repellent from the source could cause some awkward conversations with neighbors!
High Frequency Audio Repellent
Another type of device that is growing in popularity as a raccoon repellent is an audio repellent, which produces a high frequency noise that is said to be very uncomfortable for raccoons, and will drive them away from your property. It is possible to get devices that are plugged in to provide a permanent audio repellent, or to purchase a device that operates using a battery and a motion sensor, which can then be placed closer to the point where the raccoons are getting into your yard or garden. Depending on the frequency used by the device, these can also affect cats and dogs, so it may be inappropriate for homes with pets, but the noise that is produced is completely inaudible to the human ear.
Along with the high frequency audio repellents, there are several other items that are known to act as a repellent to help keep raccoons away from your gardens. Movement activated sprinklers and movement activated floodlights are both effective at sending raccoons scurrying for cover and an easier target. They are naturally nocturnal animals that prefer to stay behind cover where possible, and quick movement or a light coming on can often be enough to scare them away.
For those who regularly have raccoons coming into their garden either under or over fences, installing an electric fence is another good way to keep the raccoons out. Ensure that there are no gaps in the fence, and that there are no opportunities to crawl beneath, and the shock from the fence will soon send the raccoon looking for an easier yard to explore.