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How to Keep Raccoons Away

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If you haven’t heard of the intelligent and curious raccoon, then you’re in for a real treat. The fact that they look curious with their black masked faces, hands that are slender like humans and a nice size broad body, only adds to their mystique. They can weigh up to 8 Kg while being 8 cm long and they have been known to live up to five years while in the wild. Yet the wild is not the only place that these creatures seem to find some comfort. They may find shelter in your home or somewhere in your yard where food is plentiful. As cute as they may be, they can cause real havoc in your home and yard and many people turn to repellants as a way to get rid of the animals.

Shake Away Coyote Urine
Shake away is supposed to be one of the strongest repellants against raccoons that is natural and safe to use. It uses the scent of the coyote’s urine to repel them. A coyote is one of the raccoon’s biggest predators making their urine a beneficial repellant against them. Coyote urine can be bought as a liquid, powder or in capsule form. The liquid can be placed inside of a plastic dispensing bottle that you can hang from a tree in your yard. The scent is supposed to stay potent for at least a month or two. It is recommended though that you spray it on your plants directly to keep them from being eaten by other animals as well. The powder form can be placed around the perimeter of your lawn, while the capsules can be planted in the ground for a repellant that last much longer. Capsules can keep the raccoons away for up to 2 months. The product is 100 % organic making it harmless to animals, plants and people. It’s mess free and it’s supposed to be guaranteed to work. However, repellants are only temporary and need to be refreshed after so many months.

Homemade Repellants
According to the humane society in Colorado, you can mix one bottle of Cheyenne pepper, one teaspoon of mild soap and a gallon of water, as a mixture to spray around the landscaping of your home, on your plants & vegetables, in gardens and even in your garbage cans. The problem with this repellant is that if it rains, you’ll have to reapply it. If you have children that regularly play outside or outside pets, they could get a hold of it and get burned or trigger allergies. Not to mention, it can burn other animals as well. You also have to continuously reapply this which only makes it effective for a certain period of time.

Your grandmother just keeps ranting and raving about how you should have used mothballs to keep the raccoons away. While it may actually work, using mothballs to repel raccoons is actually dangerous and in some states illegal. The reason being is that as mothballs sit out, they start to vaporize. The chemicals that they contain are released into the air and increase the chances of nasal cancer and liver damage in humans. Not to mention, it can cause other fatal health problems to humans and animal life when ingested. Even if you used them in your attic, it is still harmful considering it can seep through the cracks, floors and walls putting everyone in the household in danger. Mothballs by law are only registered to kill moths in small airtight spaces.

A hardworking gardener may get tired of the raccoon getting into his crops eating up all the sweet corn and decide to install an electric fence. These fences usually consist of at least two threads of wire that delivers a shocking or stinging feeling to the raccoon when he tries to get in. Chicken wire, newspaper, vinyl landscaping cloth or aluminum foil can also be set around a garden or yard as an acting fence or barrier to keep raccoons out. It is said that these items present an irritating feeling to the raccoon’s sensitive paws.

Is there really a repellant for raccoons that gets rid of them for good and not just temporarily, without you having to continuously spend money? No, the only way to get rid of a pesky raccoon and keep them away for good is to call an expert who can remove and relocate them for you.

More in-detail how-to raccoon removal articles:
Information about raccoon trapping - analysis and methods for how to trap.
Information about how to kill a raccoon - with poison or other methods.
Information about how to catch a raccoon - remove one stuck in the house.
Information about raccoon repellent - analysis of types and effectiveness.

This site is intended to provide raccoon education and information about how to keep raccoons away from your house, yard, garbage cans, pool, so that you can make an informed decision if you need to deal with a raccoon problem. This site provides many raccoon control articles and strategies, if you wish to attempt to solve the problem yourself. If you are unable to do so, which is likely with many cases of raccoon removal, please go to the home page and click the USA map, where I have wildlife removal experts listed in over 500 cites and towns, who can properly help you with your nuisance raccoon. Click here to read more about how to get rid of raccoons.

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