Asked on May 3, 2017

How to get rid of raccoons and skunks that come in my backyard?

Debbie/Dragonfly TreasureValerie JennisonJanet Pizaro


6 answers
  • Crystal
    on May 3, 2017

    Get yard statues that light up at night that should scary them off
  • Sherry Case
    on May 3, 2017

    Lowes carries a product called "Repels All". Spread it around the perimeter of your yard, or the area where these critters seem to enjoy. It iritates the sense of smell taste, and touch.
    It will last up to 2 months and can be used around edibles. The three pound jug treats 1,500 sq.ft. Also moth balls may work.
  • Rex Cook
    on May 3, 2017

  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 3, 2017

    Mothballs are very dangerous to the environment.You need to repel them with Blood meal,Castro oil,basically any natural product that will not harm the environment. Garlic,hot pepper,and make sure there are no garbage cans,food scraps anything that would attract them in.
  • Valerie Jennison
    on May 3, 2017

    Thank you so much! Will definitely try that!
  • Debbie/Dragonfly Treasure
    on May 21, 2018

    Good luck ♥ We've had raccoon visitors during the night in my back yard several times over the years. They would catch the koi in my pond. Now it would be different if they would eat them, but they would just play with them and leave them all over the yard. I've tried animal control in our area, they said they wouldn't help us, but to get a Havahart trap, then release them at least 100 miles away because they travel that and more. An exterminator was way too expensive. Had a trap, tried, could never catch them...tried sardines, marshmallows, tuna, canned cat food and more. I devoured the web for info on how to get them to go. Tried criss crossing fishing line throughout the back yard, raccoons didn't mind it, the dogs hated it. Lit the backyard up like a runway – didn't phase them, Human hair, human urine, could have cared less about either, Tried "The Scarecrow" motion detector that hooks to the hose and sprays when it senses motion. Raccoons loved it,Dogs were scared of it and refused to go out during the day even when it was off. Tried coyote urine, didn't phase the coons one bit. Tried little red flashing lights around the perimeter of the yard, raccoons didn't notice them. Summer came and they stopped coming. We had no birdseed out for the wild birds, no dog food out, nothing. They came back the following winter and brought friends. Tried everything again to no avail. Got up one morning and they were still here! They were usually gone by then. One of my dogs slipped....pushed by me as I was trying to shoo them away. She was a Great Dane....they took her down. Now I love all animals, but don't come to my place and mess with mine. My sons stayed up the following night, shot 2 of them. They haven't been back since. It was horrid, the screams my poor dog let out as they were biting her. Please be careful. I wouldn't attempt to even catch it, You have to pick up that wire cage after all!. They are fierce and will bite. Be careful please.

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