Raccoon deterrents will help prevent raccoons from messing up your garden, wrecking havoc in your yard, and getting into your attic or chimney where they can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. Raccoon deterrents include fences, traps, repellents, as well as other measures. Any raccoon deterrent is best used in conjunction with others - as a multi-faceted approach maximizes your chances of success.

Raccoons in Your Yard
There is no sure way of keeping raccoons out of your yard, short of sitting outside all night with a shotgun. However, there are many effective ways to deter raccoons and prevent them from causing problems. They are only after two things: food and shelter. If you deny them these things they will look elsewhere. The most effective raccoon deterrent is securing your garbage can lids. Using bungee cords is preferable to putting weight on top, as the resourceful little critters will push these off. You may consider using a raccoon repellent around the cans as an additional measure.

Use chickenwire to block off access to the underside of your house and porch, and any other areas you wish to keep raccoons out of. This is a simple but effective raccoon deterrent - it will prevent a raccoon from making these safe, dry areas their home. Prevention is definitely the way to go here, as removing raccoons from these tough to reach locations can be a near impossible task.

Raccoons in Your Attic
Your attic is likely an ideal nesting ground: warm, dry, and safe - with plenty of resources available to build a nest - your insulation and wiring. Raccoons can enter an attic through existing holes, so make sure to check for these and patch them up immediately. They have been known, however, to scratch through perfectly good shingles in order to gain entry. If you find a raccoon in your attic, you must use caution in trying to remove it. Even if you succeed, you run the risk of undiscovered baby raccoons dying and decomposing in an unknown location. Professional assistance really is the best way to go in this scenario. A pest control expert will be able to remove the raccoons from your attic safely and effectively.

Raccoons in Your Chimney
Chimneys are also potential living quarters. Investing in a chimney cap is the surest way to prevent unwanted guests. if you find there's a raccoon in your chimney, don't set a fire. While it seems logical that the smoke would chase it out, it's more likely to die, creating an even bigger problem (it's also cruel). Setting a chimney trap at the top of the flu will catch the raccoon as it exits to find food.

Raccoon Deterrents: Raccoon Repellents
Raccoon repellents are a popular type of raccoon deterrent. However, do your homework because most are money grabs that don't actually work. You can find commercial raccoon repellents online as well as recipes for homemade raccoon repellents. By themselves they are unlikely to solve your pest problem, but using raccoon repellents properly can aid your campaign against the midnight buffet at your trash bins. Note that even the most effective repellent is useless in a well ventilated area, so spray with this in mind.

Raccoon Deterrents: Trapping Raccoons
Before you invest in a raccoon trap, be sure to check if it is legal to do so in your jurisdiction. Any type of animal snare in a heavily populated area can be a double edged sword: you may end up catching neighborhood pets or other curious but harmless wildlife.Trapping is usually best left to experts, will be able to ensure the safety of you, the raccoon, and any unintended third parties.