How can I keep raccoons out of my backyard?

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  • Raccoons have a very good sense of smell, and they do not like the smell of pepper. You can make a liquid pepper repellent that may keep raccoons away from your home and garden. To make the pepperrepellent, get a bottle of hot sauce or a jar or can of cayenne pepper.

    • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on May 04, 2019

      the cayenne/hot sauce is cruel burns them(their nose,eyes,feet even genitalia when they clean themselves also could burn babies if on nipples and they are nursing) just use peppermint oil please

  • Gk Gk on May 04, 2019

    Take care to make sure you don't have garbage cans sitting out with garbage in them, bird feeders and feed, dog or cat food, fresh compost in the compost pile or bin, and even hummingbird feeders. If you remove any food sources the raccoons should move on or at least decide that there's nothing interesting in your yard!

  • Oliva Oliva on May 04, 2019

    If you're seeing raccoons during daylight hours, they may be rabid. Best to call animal control, or send them to Lynn Sorrell's place, since she loves wildlife and roaming animals, so much...

  • Rgriese Rgriese on May 05, 2019

    Place moth balls in your garden, Racoons & Cats will stay away.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 05, 2019

    Moth balls contain known carcinogens, so I would think twice about setting them out. Also they could easily be picked up by curious children ( if there are any around) and mistaken as a treat).

  • Penarddan Penarddan on Mar 17, 2021

    Give us an update if you have managed to keep raccoons out of your backyard, please. Just like owls and bats, raccoons are nocturnal animals who only show their scruffy faces once the sun goes down. Prowling around at night, they spend their lives exclusively shrouded in darkness. Therefore, a raccoon will always be afraid of the light. Also, raccoons dislike the smell of both ammonia and vinegar, so either of these ingredients can help you repel them from your property. If nothing helps, wild animal control Fort Worth should be able to solve the problem easily.

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