How do I keep raccoon out of my strawberry patch naturally?

by KDS
  5 answers
  • DZW DZW on Jun 17, 2017

    Hello Cowmoose! Here are a few ideas to get rid of them "naturally":

    See what works for you.

    • If your raccoon problem is persistent, you can set live raccoon traps in your garden and release the animal at least three miles away (check local and state laws first). Raccoons will eat virtually anything; try fish-flavored dry cat food, chicken necks, ears of corn, or whole peanuts for bait.
    • To keep raccoons at a distance, try scattering blood meal around corn plants. Also try sprinkling wood ashes around your plants.
    • Grind up garlic, mix it with an equal portion of chili powder, and spread it around the garden. Frequent applications are needed.
    • One reader says, “Hang shoes and clothes that smell of human perspiration around your garden or corn patch.” Similarly, “You can try to repel raccoons by putting dog hair or human hair around the garden.”
    • Tune a radio to a rock station and set it in the middle of your garden and/or corn patch. Leave it on all night. The noise will scare away the raccoons.
    • Put lights in the garden. A bright lantern will sometimes keep Sun-shy raccoons away.
    • Plant enough corn for man and beast alike.
    • Add some pinwheels and streamers to your garden to scare the creatures.
    • Make a cinnamon-pepper combo. Mix a cup of each spice together and then sprinkle the mixture liberally throughout the strawberry growing area. The spices will irritate the raccoons sense of smell and they will stay away. If it rains, you'll have to sprinkle again.
    • Folk wisdom suggests that you spread newspapers around the perimeter of the garden.

    Good Luck!

  • Bgoncalves5670 Bgoncalves5670 on Jun 17, 2017

    Wow, lots of ideas, but the one that is easiest is cat food, they love cat food. So while your growing them strawberries put cat food down and move it each time farther away from your patch. That way they will stay back from your patch . It's just till the picking season is over, right?

  • Alva Jean Alva Jean on Jun 17, 2017

    Be happy they are not in your attic......... cat food trail is great idea, worked for me, wish I could find some to to deter the chipmunks!

  • Carol Carol on Jun 17, 2017

    Not much deters chipmunks . We use a catch & release live trap & relocate them in an area away from our property. Eleven so far this spring & counting. Also 3 squirrels that empty our birdfeeders.. Hubbie loves the 'road trips' and humane way to rid property of them.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Apr 04, 2023

    Trap and release is a permanent way to get rid of them by relocating them, be careful they have sharp claws and possibly rabies. You can get a trap at a Tractor supply store for a reasonable price.