How can I keep raccoons out of my flower beds and flower pots?

Mary Jo
by Mary Jo
What can I do to keep raccoons out of my flower beds and flower pots?
  11 answers
  • Toolpro Toolpro on May 25, 2016
    The only solution is to remove the raccoon. I keep a large have a heart trap set all the time in the back of the yard( the direction the critters come from the woods) I re locate a number of critters a year mostly groundhogs. Then there is the 22 solution if your local ordinances allow. Of course if it turns out to be the neighbor's cat...... laying wire mesh on the ground will discourage digging but not ripping up the plants.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 25, 2016
    You can try applying cayenne pepper around the flower beds or blood meal,however you will have to keep reapplying. New to me an electric fence for raccoons and other critters , or motion lights .
  • Gary Stenzel Gary Stenzel on May 25, 2016
    Go to a hunting supply store and get a bottle of any predator urine (fox, coyote, etc.) sprinkle it around. Some raccoons wont be fooled, but most will.
  • Tymber80 Tymber80 on May 25, 2016
    You can try and put some moth balls around and under the flowers. Only problem if it rains, and you find it works, you have to reapply. Good luck!
  • Johnchip Johnchip on May 25, 2016
    1). Have-a-heart traps are you only sure way, just make sure you take them far away to release, so they can't find their way home. 2). Also there is the old fashioned way of putting cans, pots and pans on a sting so as when they enter the beds, they set off the alarm. 3). A large dog. My boxer then my bouvier even kept the deer away!
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    • DORLIS DORLIS on May 25, 2016
      I have had coons sit on my begonias anddig up cactus.
  • Donna L. Woods-Clements Donna L. Woods-Clements on May 25, 2016
    All of the above are worth a try. A large dog who poops in the yard (& after whom you do not clean up) seems to help too. Good luck.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on May 25, 2016
    Trap and release.
  • DORLIS DORLIS on May 25, 2016
    you might also want to try mountain lion urine pellets.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on May 27, 2016
    Raccoons are large feral rodents with a cat like appeal. They live together in packs or families and breed like rats and cats. Once you get rid of the group, chances are you will be rid of your problem in quick time. Use the have-a heart repeating it nightly until the entire family is trapped and gone far away. It will be done in a week and you should have peace for a while.
  • 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 biting 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.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 19, 2022

    I bought a trap from a Tractor Supply store thinking I was going to catch stray cats, to my surprise and 3 raccoons later, we relocated them to a marsh. No animal groups would help us with them so we had to let them go where it is safe. Pest companies will charge you to remove them, even after you did the trapping.