Hi this is Peggy. Do not leave any food or garbage where they can get it. Be sure your garbage cans are locked down. They also love bird feeders. Hope this helps you. What scent will keep raccoons away?
Homemade Raccoon Repellents
Taste repellents use strong and offensive flavors, such as cayenne pepper, to deter a raccoon's interest. Odor repellents use strong and offensive smells, such as ammonia.
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This might help you with your problem. https://www.almanac.com/pest/raccoons
Here are some methods:
This article might help: https://www.havahart.com/articles/best-method-for-raccoon-control
Also, if you have trashcans you might want to buy some trashcan straps.
You can use a sprinkler unit for critters when critters come to my yard it goes off. it t work does not for everyone but it works for us https://amzn.to/2E3w4AH
Here are all kinds of ideas to get you started:
We found the only alternative to get rid of them for good was to use a Havaheart trap and have the city come and take them away. Contact your city/town animal control for what they can do to help.
They won't keep coming back if there is nothing for them to eat. Relocate garbage cans and keep tight lids on. If you put food scraps out before trash pick up day they will keep returning. Keep a 3# coffee can in fridge or freezer for all food scraps until trash pick up morning and put only non food items outside until then. Are you certain it is raccoons?
Skunks and opossoms also forage at night. Do you actually see the coons are you assuming it is coons for another reason.
Eliminate things they want to eat - bird feeder, etc.
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, raccoon's 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. Raccoon's 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, raccoon's 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 killing 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. I hate saying this but the only good raccoon is a dead one!
Update: they returned this year after being gone for several. There are a pack of about 6 big beefy ones we've seen walking around our court during the night. My son's decided to go to the store, it was about dusk. One son walked out to the car where our Am Staff was sitting patiently waiting to get in. He reached for the door handle - a raccoon jumped out of our tree onto our dog! Neither of them knew it was even there. If my son hadn't reached for the handle, it would have landed on him! The coon landed on Tora's side, she was able to grab it with her mouth and toss it away. It came running back and jumped on her again, again she was able to grab and toss it. It returned again, by this time my son got steady on his feet and was able to give it a hard swift kick far enough away to get Tora inside the house. He yelled to his brother what had happened who grabbed his gun and ran out. The coon was back up in our tree. He shot it in the chest, the coon charged him! He had grabbed his pellet gun and it only had one pellet in it! He swung it around to hit it with the butt, at that point the coon climbed way up high in the tree. What would possess a raccoon to attack without any provocation? Took Tora to the ER Vet - a bill I really couldn't afford. The vet said "when something is attacking your property - and your pet is your property you have every right to shoot it''. Don't think she's met our small town cops. She said to report it, I did. Our town has taken over Animal Control from County, they took report. I knew that's all they would do, but at least it's on the records in case some child gets attacked. The last time we had an encounter, they stayed away for several years. Not these big boys - they were strutting they're stuff the next night right in the middle of the court. I'm scared to go out after dark to even take our trash out to the locked can now!
Thank you for the links. At one point they were coming by at 2 in the afternoon daily. I just don't understand their behavior. Thank God we haven't encountered any with rabies or maybe we have? our dogs are always kept up to date on their shots, rabies included. I always thought they would run away if encountered, boy was I naive.
I live on a small lake and have lots of trees so I have racoons, coyotes and all kinds of critters that visit nightly. I do not leave out pet food, bird feeders, etc and make sure there is no trash can for them to get into in the area. Make sure your grill is covered and do not leave any food source for them and they will wander on down to the next house
I like the sprinkler idea - you could set it to go off at night. Maybe some fencing and outdoor lighting would help? You could even put up some string lights to make your backyard brighter.
Do you or your neighbors feed birds or deer? Do you feed pets, outside? Are you growing foods that attract them? Is your grill cleaned after each use? Have you tried mass plantings of lemongrass, basil, rosemary, marigolds, Rue? Some farmers have success with strobe lights and radios set to come on, with motion detectors.
Trash cans are best kept inside, if possible. Any vegtable gardens will require above and below ground fencing/hardware cloth, and perhaps an electric fence.
If you have tall trees nearby, trim them back to avoid Raccoons climbing them to get to your roof, from which they'll enter your attic space and do tremendous damage.
Have your chimney capped to keep them out.
Get rid of all food and water no bird feeders that will do it