Raccoons can cause a lot of problems around your home and yard. Though raccoons are famous for getting into people's garbage cans, they also are capable of destroying gardens, harassing pets, and nesting in attics and under decks. Raccoon repellents are one way of stopping these pests in their tracks.
How Do Raccoon Repellents Work?
The raccoon relies heavily upon its sense of smell for survival and in order to attract a mate. As their primary defense mechanism, their sense of smell keep them far away from predators as well as directing them toward your garbage can. Raccoon repellents make use of this fact, assaulting the raccoon's sense of smell with the scent of a predator or something otherwise offensive. Even more important than the type of repellent is the way in which it is dispersed. The greatest weakness of any repellent is that it can be washed away by rain fall. Thankfully, the predictable nature of raccoons makes it easier to protect your garden, trash bins, and attic.
Raccoon Repellents: Coyote Urine
If raccoons are causing problems around your home and yard, you might want to consider coyote urine granules is a part of your countermeasures. This repellent can easily be applied anywhere on your property, and can be purchased for a relatively low-cost, around $15 for a 20 ounce canister. To prevent your purchase from being washed away in the rain, place the granules in a standard 2 litre soda bottle. To ensure the orders are able to escape, poke holes in the top of the bottle. The great thing about this is that you can move the bottle as you feel is necessary: near your garbage bins, shed, or porch. It is important to note that the smell of these granules cannot be sensed by humans, so placing some in your attic or garage will have no ill effects on you or your family.
Raccoon Repellents: Ammonia
Another affordable raccoon repellent is ammonia, which has a remarkably strong odor. It is highly toxic in small enclosed areas such as garbage bins and chimneys, and possibly your attic. The best way to use ammonia is to douse sponges or rags with it and then place these in strategic locations: ductwork leading into your attic, by your garbage bins, and other potential entryways. Sponges are very effective as they retain the liquid for a relatively long time so you don't have to constantly check up on your handiwork.
If properly applied, raccoon repellents assist you in your efforts to keep raccoons off your property. For more useful ideas check: How to Get Rid of Raccoons