Asked on May 11, 2017

How can we keep a raccoon our climbing the tree?

Diane WickhamIronhorse68450Debbie/Dragonfly Treasure


How can we keep a raccoon from climbing the tree by our deck to get to all the nectar feeders we have hanging from the branches...without harming him..(or her!! )
6 answers
  • Nac17280506
    on May 11, 2017

    Put flashing around the trunk of the tree making it too slick to climb.
  • Jewellmartin
    on May 11, 2017

    If you can't keep the raccoon from climbing the tree, maybe you could shield the nectar feeders from the raccoon. You would want something lightweight, so why not try aluminum pie plates with the feeder hangers fed through a hole in the pie plate? Turn the pie plate upside down facing the feeder. Also make the pie plate hole off center so that when the raccoon tries to get to the feeder, the raccoon is off balance and either pulls back or slides off. Beware, raccoons are pretty smart animals. Best wishes.
  • Ironhorse68450
    on May 11, 2017

    Yes they are very very smart!! This one actually stared me down when I came outside!! Can they jump over flashing? The pie plate thing sounds like it might work!
  • 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.

  • Ironhorse68450
    on May 28, 2018

    WOW!! What an experience you have had!! I hope your doggy's ok! We finally tried wiring the feeders to a hook on the far it's working, but those guys are smart so I'm sure it won't last for long!!
  • Diane Wickham
    on May 28, 2018

    Don't know where you live but for our gardens we used electric fencing placed low to the ground. Turned it on at night. one zap and they left things alone. don't know if you could rig something up for your problems or not. Sorry about the pet!
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