How to Get Rid of Raccoons?

Date: 05,01,2022

Author: Ray

Raccoons are smart and weird pest, it may be fun to observe them from a distance, but they are not creatures you want to share your living space with.

These small furry pest invade houses, build nests on the roof or in the attic, look for food wherever they can be found, because they are opportunistic creatures, and they can eat almost anything.
In their search for food, they are destructive and can destroy almost any part of your property.
Raccoons will dig your trash, destroy your lawn and garden, damage your home’s building materials, eat bird seeds and pet food, and even spread diseases that may be dangerous to you and your domestic pets.

Fortunately, you don’t have to live with a destructive raccoon forever.
In this article, you will find out reliable methods to fight them!

Table of Contents:
· What are raccoons?

· How to tell if you have a raccoon problem?
· What attracts raccoons to the house?
· The danger of raccoons
· How to get rid of raccoons naturally?
· How to get rid of raccoons roof and attic?
· How to get rid of raccoons fast?
· How to keep raccoons out of garden and backyard?
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What are raccoons?

The raccoon belongs to an animal of the Procyonidae of the order Carnivora in the Mammalia, originated from North America, it is named raccoon because it washes food in water before eating.
The most common and well known is the North American raccoon (Procyon lotor), which ranges from northern Canada and most of the United States southward into South America.
It has a black “mask” across the eyes, and its tail is ringed with 5 to 10 black bands, the average raccoon has gray and black fur, about the size of a domestic cat or puppy.
They are gifted animals because they have five fingers and can move and act with excellent coordination-unlike human hands.
It enables them to solve problems that other animals cannot solve, including how to open the container.
They are also one of the smartest wild animals, especially urban wild animals. They have excellent intelligence and memory, and have a strong survival instinct.
They can be found in the homes of urban and suburban people in the wild.
Their favorite places to hide include attics, sewers, barns, and places close to food sources such as garbage bags.
In natural and urban environments, raccoons can eat almost anything.
They often eat nuts, fruits, corn, insects, worms, fish and amphibians, eggs from birds and reptiles also make up most of the raccoon’s diet, even to the point of extinction of endangered populations.
As a nocturnal animal, they spend most of their time foraging and hunting at night, but if food is scarce, they will also come out during the day.
Raccoons start their mating season at the end of winter, and females who are about to give birth or have cubs will build nests in their natural environment or at home.
Otherwise, the raccoon is even more short-lived, those in cold climates will become less active in winter.
The life span of wild raccoons is usually between 2 and 3 years, during that time, female raccoons usually use their knowledge of nests and food sources to stay within a few miles of their birthplace. Males will roam more freely.

How to tell if you have a raccoon problem?

Raccoons are nocturnal, which means they are almost active at night, therefore, it is difficult to detect their presence.
The best way to tell if you have a raccoon problem is to pay attention to the clues they leave, such as:

· Evidence of raccoons eating
Raccoons are messy, insatiable eaters, and they leave trails after meals.
Common signs of raccoon feeding include tipping trash cans, damaging lawns or gardens, emptying, spilling or moving pet food bowls, disturbing compost, and empty or damaged bird feeders.

· Footprint
The footprints of raccoons and opossums look very similar, they walks on flat feet like humans, and all toes have claws.
The distinguishing factor is that the raccoon's trajectory moves in a diagonal trajectory pattern like a deer.
Their tracks have longer heels, 2-3 inches wide for the front feet, and 3-4 inches wide for the back feet.

· Feces
Raccoon feces are cylindrical with broken or round ends.
Their color is often dark, although the color varies depending on the animal's diet, manure usually contains berry seeds and may contain signs of garbage.

· Strange sound
You may notice strange noises around your property at night, raccoons make sounds including meowing, whistling, and roaring.

No matter what signs of raccoons you notice, it is vital to deal with the problem in a timely manner.
Raccoons can be very destructive, and waiting too long to solve the problem will only make the infection worse.

What attracts raccoons to the house?

There is no doubt that Food, Water and Shelter are the answers to this question.

Why do people trap raccoons? (The danger of raccoons)

Raccoons are considered by many to be an annoying wild animal because they can enter garbage and food storage rooms and usually leave a mess.
If they enter a building to obtain food or seek a sheltered area to give birth, they may cause serious damage to the siding, roof, plumbing system, and electrical wiring.
They can also dig lawns and pull up large lawns while looking for larvae to eat.

In addition to the mess and inconvenience, these pests also have major health risks.
Raccoons may carry diseases, and then they can spread diseases to humans or other animals through different forms of contact.
Common raccoon-borne diseases include:
· Rabies
Spread through the saliva of an infected animal, the bite of a raccoon may transmit the virus to you or your pet, if not treated immediately, this can be fatal.
Rabies raccoons often exhibit unusual behaviors, including shaking or erratic movements, eye and mouth discharge, strange crying, and self-harm.
Rabies can cause raccoons to die in 3 days or less.

· Roundworms
Raccoon feces may contain parasitic roundworms, which can be spread by direct contact or inhalation.
This makes it very important to keep the raccoons away from home and clean them thoroughly (if raccoon feces are present). Avoid contact with feces, or keep children or pets near them.

· Distemper
Although it is not dangerous to humans, raccoons can spread canine distemper to your dog through contact, this is often fatal.
Dogs should be vaccinated against canine distemper and stay away from wild animals.
Raccoons with canine distemper are more likely to approach people and may appear disoriented or lethargic.

With or without diseases, raccoons are likely to take aggressive actions against people and pets.
Although they are usually accustomed to humans, they are wild animals and will bite or scratch if they feel they are in danger.
They are also particularly prone to aggressive behavior and very dangerous when they feel trapped or scared, or when there are cubs nearby.

How To Drive Away Raccoons?

Without further ado, let us learn more about raccoon repellents and how to use them to your advantage.
Try a few, mix and match, and keep these “Masked Fur Balls” away from your house forever.

1. How to get rid of raccoons naturally? (Natural Raccoon Control and Home Remedies for Raccoons)

· Chili keeps raccoons away
Chili is one of the most powerful odors for raccoons, because it stimulates the raccoon’s sense of smell.
Try to keep the peppers for a long time in the places where these small animals are most frequented.

· Spray onion and pepper mixture
Mixing onions and peppers with an equal amount of water will help keep the raccoons away from your property. The smell is too strong, it will only stimulate their olfactory receptors.

· Peppermint essential oil
Peppermint oil is a widely used essential oil, which is widely used in many industries and can prevent raccoons from entering.

· Garlic juice
If you want to keep your home away from raccoons, you can use garlic juice to prevent raccoons, because garlic will release a more pungent smell and last longer.

· Predator urine scares away raccoons
Generally speaking, the natural enemies of raccoons are animals such as coyotes, foxes and even large owls.
You can pour it in the place where raccoons go most often, once the raccoons smell the slight smell of fox urine, their senses will be frightened and run away.

· Coffee grounds
The strong smell of coffee grounds is an effective repellent for raccoons and some other pests.
Although you may like the smell and taste of coffee, raccoons will not.

· Ammonia
Ammonia has an incredibly pungent smell and taste, which can attack the raccoon's sense of smell.
The procedure for using ammonia is simple. Take an empty spray bottle, fill it with one of the liquids, go to work in your yard, and spray it where you have seen raccoons.
Please note that these odors, like some other odors, will eventually disappear over time, so they need to be renewed frequently.

· Epsom salts
Epsom salt is an excellent natural insect repellent that can be used to repel raccoons.
You can sprinkle it in your yard, garden, and any other place where animals appear, they find the smell very unpleasant and will stay away from wherever you spill it.

2. How to get rid of raccoons roof and attic?
Raccoons are excellent climbers, and while it may be shocking to find them on your roof, it is a common experience for many homeowners.
When raccoons stay on your roof for a long time, they can damage your shingles or roofing materials, enter chimneys and vents (creating dangerous fire), etc.

· Trim the trees and vines around the house to reduce "bridges" on the roof.
· Eliminate the food sources that raccoons may return, including garbage, compost, pet food, and bird food.
· Place metal plates on the edge of the roof and the bottom of the trees in the house.
· Seal all gaps and openings in the attic, including vents and seals.

3. How to get rid of raccoons fast?
When raccoon break into the Solar Animal Repellent detection area, it will be immediately emits a strong ultrasonic waves and flash,
making the raccoon to feel uncomfortable and scared to run away.

4. How to keep raccoons out of garden and backyard?
Raccoons are omnivores, which means they can eat almost anything. Sweet corn, larvae, fallen fruits, leftover humans, pet food.
Despite their wild nature, raccoons have adapted to suburban conditions, and yards with gardens provide the perfect meeting place-you certainly don’t want to see this.
· Lock the trash can
The raccoon's flexible hands can enter the trash can regardless of the lid, and can knock the trash can over to overflow the trash. Invest to lock the trash cans and lock them at night to prevent raccoons from entering. Regularly cleaning the trash can can prevent the odor of food from accumulating and attract raccoons.

· Remove food and water
Either feed your cats and dogs at home, or bring their food bowls in at night. Also, be aware of any pet food near the pet door, as this may lure raccoons into it if the door is opened.

· Eliminate scattered bird seeds
You don’t have to remove the bird feeder completely, but catch the seeds by installing a tray about 6 inches below the feeder to ensure that excess seeds do not fall to the ground. You should hang the feeder on a pole or away from the tree where the raccoons can enter the bird feeder.

· Maintain the garden
The smell of rotten fruits and vegetables is enough to attract raccoons in the distance. Reap the crops, or regularly collect all rotting plants and remove them.

· Scare
If the raccoon can enter the outdoors, you can use noise and lights to scare it.
Use a flashlight to flash strongly at the raccoons, but make sure not to get too close, lest they are defensively attacked by the frightened animals.

· Trap
Traps are very common as a method of trapping and getting rid of raccoons, once you catch it, you can decide how to get rid of it.
The trap must be checked frequently so that the raccoon can be removed as soon as it is captured.
Raccoons can be taken to the veterinarian's office for euthanasia-a clean and painless death.

· Raise a dog
Raccoons may be as big as puppies, but they are undoubtedly afraid of big dogs. Keeping a big dog in the house can prevent rodents from appearing frequently.
Large dog breeds can chase these intruders from your property and protect them from raccoons.


As part of the ecosystem, raccoons undoubtedly have a place in the wild, but this does not include your home.
How to get rid of raccoons is a headache for most families in the United States and Canada, believe this content could help you well.
Thanks for your reading, and good luck to you!

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