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How to Repel and Deter Raccoons

What Attracts Raccoons to Yards?

Raccoons may wander through any lawn, but they will stay in yards with plenty of food and water. As a result, homeowners can decrease the severity of a wildlife problem with a few, simple changes. Several raccoon repellents and deterrents may keep the pests away.

Raccoon Deterrents


Raccoons often leave on their own after the removal of any outdoor food sources and other favorable conditions. Taking the following steps can help with raccoon prevention and exclusion:

  • Use sturdy trash cans with tight-fitting lids to stop the pests from rummaging for scraps.
  • Tie or weigh down garbage bins with bungee cords or bricks to prevent raccoons from tipping them over.
  • Limit access to garden produce by picking up fallen fruit and fencing in gardens.
  • Clean patio dining and barbeque areas thoroughly after use.

Frightening Devices

Common raccoon deterrents may include strategies to scare the animals away. This method buys temporary relief but doesn't work in the long run.

Raccoons are curious and clever, making them quick to catch on to fear tactics. Some of the most common devices use loud noises, bright lights, movement, or shiny objects.

Natural Raccoon Repellents

While there are no registered repellents for raccoons, some people use natural home remedies to deter them. A few of the most popular include:

  • Spreading cayenne pepper on plants and shrubs
  • Lining den sites with garlic
  • Spraying vegetable oil on grass.

These natural raccoon repellents rely on scents, tastes, and textures that the animals don't like. As a result, they require constant reapplication which can become costly and time-consuming.

Removing Raccoons

If raccoon deterrents and repellents fail, it's time to call in the experts. Critter Control's wildlife specialists can develop a plan to keep the pests from damaging lawns and homes.

Learn more about raccoon removal.


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