How do I safely repel feral cats from around my trailer/mobile home?

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I live in a small mobile home park in southern Georgia. There are feral cats that live here, they are fed by my neighbors. I do nothing to attract the cats. I want to make the space under my home unattractive to the cats.

Their spray is noxious and the fights/lovemaking is furious and loud.

I rent this home (cheaply) while I save money for for my next adventure.

The skirting is 1x6" horizontal planks of wood with 4 inch space between each plank.

I wasted some money on cat repellent at Lowes. The cats seemed to like it!

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  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 20, 2018
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  • Amy Ogden-Paparone Amy Ogden-Paparone on Mar 20, 2018
    Hi Elizabeth,
    Quick Solutions: Scatter fresh orange and lemon peels or spray with citrus-scented fragrances. Coffee grounds, vinegar, pipe tobacco, or oil of lavender, lemongrass, citronella, or eucalyptus also deter cats. Plant the herb rue to repel cats, or sprinkle dried rue anywhere the cats like to go. Hope one of these helps! No one needs to smell cat spray or hear all that howling!
  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Mar 20, 2018
    Elizabeth I've read in many places that cats hate citrus everything. I've also read that using orange essential oil around your home can help keep them away a lot. I know they also hate walking on chicken wire if you wanted to spread that around your home that may also help.
  • FloridaJan FloridaJan on Mar 20, 2018
    water Line hose with motion detector sprayer sold online. I saw on site for keeping raccoons away from small fish ponds.
  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 20, 2018
    dont knock the cats.....organic pest control. Thier job is to catch the nasty dirty probably infected rodents. Mice, rats..can carry disease. See if you can get a feral cat neuter/ spay program going. In the Middle Ages cats were the devil in disguise...many cat colonies were distoyed this left the rodents to spread the plague.
  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 20, 2018
    The cat repellent that worked well was a spray can with a motion sensor and it let out an obnoxious sound.
  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Mar 20, 2018
    Try placing lemon and lime peels around. Cats don't like the smell of citrus and it will make your garden smell great.
  • Tex Tex on Jan 23, 2020

    I have the same problem and I am going to use a hose end sprayer to spray dlimonene or orange oil under my house. I am also planning to spray with vinegar on a different day.

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