How do you keep raccoons & possums out?


We just recently installed a beautiful, pretty expensive, new lawn in our backyard - only to find it torn up this morning by our visiting raccoons & possums. Does anyone have a suggest as to how to keep them off the lawn until it's well established?

q how do you keep raccoons possums out
q how do you keep raccoons possums out
  9 answers
  • Cindy Cindy on Aug 19, 2018

    A motion activated flood light would scare them away. Since they are nocturnal, they do not like light. Good luck with this. Your backyard looks great.

  • Ellis Ellis on Aug 19, 2018

    They're probably looking for food, grubs and worms in particular. You can put down chemical for grubs, one is by Bayer. Also, there is a spray recipe using castor oil that they don't like the smell of.

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    • Ellis Ellis on Aug 20, 2018

      I agree with Alj7724123 that they don't like light, so motion detected floodlights will be discouraging. There is also a motion activated sprinkler that you can attach to a garden hose, and it will activate when your raccoon and possum pests arrive.

  • Susan Coon Susan Coon on Aug 20, 2018

    I can't tell you how to put the decorations up, but try a fog machine, black lights a culdren , of course hanging ghosts etc. The fog sets an eerie feeling. You didn't say if it was going to be an outside or inside or both. The outside in your yard you coud put up a fake graveyard. By then you can have leaves to put in it to make it look more like a graveyard. If you have an imagination some of these things will make you look into scary scenes.

  • Owl Lemgo Owl Lemgo on Aug 20, 2018

    Move to the uk

  • Kelly-n-Tony Kelly-n-Tony on Aug 20, 2018

    Whew, those boogers are really making a mess of things. I'm guessing they are after what's under the grass. Maybe feed them elsewhere and they'll be too full to bother for grubs.

  • Mkl Mkl on Aug 20, 2018

    The are probably looking for grubs as others have said or voles and moles. Your "loose carpet" makes for easy snacking. Eliminating the grubs will solve that problem and will get rid of moles. Choose your product wisely as to not kill beneficial insects. I'm also not a big fan of feeding wildlife - except in difficult times - putting a bowl of cat or dog food out front every couple of days might keep them away from the new grass.

  • Terri Terri on Sep 18, 2018

    Put a radio on a talk station. Music doesn't work. This got rid of raccoon family that moved into friends boat!

  • Sharon Roscher Sharon Roscher on Sep 18, 2018

    I can't thank all of you that have responded enough! I think we FINALLY got rid of them. Bought a CD that plays nothing but owl calls (no music) and I put it on repeat so it plays from 10pm to 7am. Then one night I forgot to turn off the "twinkle lights" when I went back into the house after turning on the owl sounds...wa-la no raccoons and the lawn was perfect! So, to test my theory, I left the little white Christmas twinkle lights on again and it worked!

    All the expensive/stinky coyote urine; red flashing lights; low hung motion activated flood lights; owls that moved around with the wind; and, even some VERY expensive stainless steel bird spikes along the tops of the fences didn't deter them! All it took were those cheap little twinkling lights!