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Cheap Pest Control: Homemade Raccoon Repellent

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 2

Get Rid of Raccoons Using Homemade Raccoon Repellents

A keen sense of smell, excellent memory, and skillful climbing ability makes it extremely difficult to get rid of raccoons. They have a reputation for destroying gardens, feasting on garbage, harassing pets and otherwise causing havoc. They can get under porches and decks, into sheds and garages, and even into your attic or chimney. These pests aren't scared easily and are tough to remove from your property. A homemade raccoon repellent can be a part of you campaign against these late-night theives.

Homemade raccoon repellents offer a safe and affordable alternative method to expensive exterminators who may not solve the problem. You can find plenty of advertisements online for raccoon repellents which don't work, such as mothballs, loud sounds, and bright lights. Thankfully, homemade raccoon repellents can be made easily, to elicit a quick response in ridding your life of these pesky critters.

Concocting a Homemade Raccoon Repellent

It is possible to make homemade raccoon repellents out of common household items at a fraction of the cost of an exterminator. Raccoons have an incredible sense of smell which they use to navigate through the dark and avoid predators, and you can use this to your advantage. With proper use of this recipe, you'll have an effective raccoon deterrent in your hands. Boil Tabasco brand habanero sauce, cayenne powder, chili flakes, one teaspoon of dishwashing detergent (which helps the liquid adhere when sprayed), and a gallon of water. This exceptionally spicy and pungent concoction should be sprayed along the edges of your shrubs, the outskirts of your yard, your garbage cans, and any other location you wish to keep raccoons out of. This repellent is great because you can make it quickly and affordably, and it is also biologically friendly - it won't harm your plants, grass, shrubs, or garden.

Raccoon Repellents: An Aggressive Alternative

Another, more aggressive approach to ridding raccoons from your property is with ammonia. With its characteristic pungent odor, ammonia can be irritating to secreting glands in the eyes, nose, and lungs. Soak rags or sponges in ammonia and place them at potential entrances or areas of activity where raccoons are known to have been. This is more effective than spraying, which will dissipate and lose its effectiveness. Ammonia especially works great in chimneys and garbage bins since they are small in volume and can become highly toxic due to the lack of air flow. Ammonia works best in the situations where there is little to no airflow. In wide open spaces, another approach should be used. Note that proper use of a raccoon repellent is the most important factor regarding its effectiveness.

These homemade raccoon repellents that you can make at home could save you hundreds of dollars in exterminator and pest control costs. By taking action quickly, you will be able to rid raccoons from your property effectively and affordably. Like any pest control method, these tactics should be used in conjunction with others for maximum effect.



Sep 18, 2010 8:06pm
another good one is to put some used kitty litter in your garbage, they hate that! Great article!
Sep 18, 2010 10:10pm
thanks for the tip Sookie, I had no idea.
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