Getting Rid Of Raccoons In A Vegan Friendly Way

They may be cute and meme just waiting to happen, but raccoons can cause a decent amount of damage to your property or even hurt small children and pets. The only way to get rid of them (without killing them, of course) is to use a repellant so they don’t come to you in the first place, or a trap and release them. Depending on the size of your property and the size of your problem, you may need to use both.

<h2>Why are raccoons on my property in the first place?<h2>

To be a bit nitpicky, you are actually trespassing on their territory. Raccoons are a bit like cats when it comes to temperament – if they are here, it’s because it’s their place, so that’s it.

Outside of the fact that they are simply native to the region, they may seek your home either for shelter or food. And if they deep your place acceptable, you will have more visitors soon and they will come back regularly.

<h3>How can I prevent raccoons from coming to my property in the first place?<h3>

There’s nothing much that you can do if raccoons like to roam the area, but you can take simple steps to prevent them from sticking around your place.

If you have a raised porch or nation with space underneath, seal that thing ASAP. Not only can raccoons make their home there, but so can rats, snakes, and various critters. A layer of chicken wire is a decent temporary solution against raccoons until you figure out a permanent one.

Don’t leave any food out. And this both means don’t forget to bring your plates in after eating outside as well as don’t leave out food for stray animals. Raccoons will be very delighted to find the cat food, but they have also been known to climb a bird feeder.

Water fountains are also a bad idea. No matter how big you build it, expect to have something furry climbing all over it with its friends.

And finally, and most importantly, deal with your trash. Raccoons love to dig through it and the easiest way to advertise yourself as the best feeding spot is to keep your bins open and full.

First things first, go and buy new bins if yours is not in the best shape. If it wobbles with the slightest touch or the lid doesn’t close properly, you must get a new one. Once you take it home, it’s time to chain it to the wall. Find a way to secure the bin so it can’t topple over when a 9 t0 20-pound creature starts messing with it.

And always make sure that they are properly lined. Never overfill them, and sprinkle some baking soda and/or (used and dried) green tea leaves to soak up some of the odor.

<h3>How to prevent raccoons from entering my home?<h3>

By keeping both windows and doors shut. But since this is not a realistic thing to do year-round, it’s time to invest in some screens.

Mosquito screens will not do anything since those tiny claws and teeth can tear through them in no time. No worries, you are not going on a quest for the Holy Grail – just a quick stop at your local <a href=”https://www.homedepot.com/s/racoon%2520screens?NCNI-5″>Home Depot</a> and you should be set. While you’re there, check out also the screens that are supposed to protect your vents from raccoons as well.

If you have a regular pet door, it’s time to upgrade to a <a href=”https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/category/dog/dog-gates-doors-and-pens/dog-doors-and-dog-flaps/dog-electronic-doors”>smarter one</a>. But test the unit to see if it stays open long enough for an intruder to get in with your cat.

Finally, train humans. First, train them not to leave screens, doors, or windows open. Second, train them not to open screens, doors, or windows how cute that critter on the other side looks like. Once a raccoon learns they can enter your place, they will try it time and time again, so it’s better not to give them a chance from the start.

<h2>Raccoon repellants<h2>

Every store in the “raccoon country” will carry some form of a repellant, but unfortunately, they don’t work that well. One that works best is the urine of an alpha bad boy raccoon, and even then it will work only on nursing females and some weaker males.

If you don’t have that stuff on demand, you can try a homemade concoction of one bottle of hot pepper sauce, one gallon of water, and one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. Just mix and spray over the entire area you want to keep the raccoons from.

It will not work 100% of the time, but it’s better than nothing and a good alternative if you don’t want to use the commercial repellents.

<h2>Trap and release method<h2>

No matter if you live in a more rural or urban area, you will have to learn this method if your property is in a “raccoon country”. It’s the most effective way of getting rid of raccoons from your property and preventing them from wreaking havoc.

The first part is easy – all you have to do is to set up the trap as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This will include some type of bait (meat and grain usually, or marshmallows if you don’t want to attract skunks and stray cats) and securing the door latch.

The best place for a trap is the area of your property form which raccoons enter, but far away enough from the house and trash so they don’t get distracted by those smells. Once you set those traps, remember to check them at least twice a day.

Now comes the difficult part – the transport and release.

Put on a pair of heavy-duty gloves first to spare yourself a possible trip to the ER. It would not be a bad idea to also wear jeans and sturdy shoes as well. All traps come with some form of a carrying handle, but it would not be a bad idea to have another object on hand to help stabilize it (ie, a piece of plywood to separate the sides or bottom of the cage from our hands).

Find a location that is far enough from your property yet still in raccoon territory. If you don’t know where to go, ask your neighbors – they may know about a good spot.

When you’re ready to release the raccoon, always, always, always stay at the back of the trap. If the animal is very aggravated, give them a second to settle down – if you release them while they are thrashing about, both of you can get injured.

Once things are somewhat calm, pull the latch and step back. Give it a minute before you start packing up because some raccoons can try and retaliate. You really don’t want your face to be that close to the ground at that time.

<h3>Kind traps<h3>

Let’s clear something first, no trap will be 100% kind. Though the raccoon may not end up injured or killed, they will still be terrified. So keep this method as the final line of defense either when all other methods fail or if you have a <a href=” link to the market garden article “>garden</a> that you wish to protect.

No matter how well designed the trap is, inspect it before you buy it, as well as every single time you’re setting it up. At first, you are looking for any jagged edges to make sure that nothing will cut the trapped animal, while after you are making sure that everything is in top shape so there won’t be any nasty accidents.

Also, remember to keep the joints well lubricated so they don’t get stuck.

<h4><a href=”https://www.walmart.com/ip/OxGord-Live-Animal-Trap-24-X-7-X-7-GFA-Catch-and-Release-Humane-Rodent-Cage-for-Rabbits-Stray-Cat-Squirrel/48095808″>OxGord Live Animal Trap</a><h4>

This humane trap is fairly affordable and pretty strong and durable. The larger size should work well with all raccoons and a couple of other critters.

However, it offers no protection from the elements, so you will either have to place it under some form of a cover or check up on it regularly.

<h4><a href=”https://www.wildlifecontrolsupplies.com/animal/NWS1232W.html”>Dura-Poly Plastic Catch Trap by Wildlife Control Supplies</a><h4>

The plastic cover offers better protection from the elements as well and reduces the risk of cuts and other injuries. They are also a lot safer for humans during that second part of the whole “trap and release” scenario.

<h4><a href=”https://www.survivalsullivan.com/diy-raccoon-trap/”>The DIY option</a><h4>

If you’re not to keen on plastic or the price tag, or you just like to make stuff from scratch, this is one of the best trap tutorials online. But the efficacy of the trap depends solely on your material choice and skills, so bring you A level game.

<h2>If you can’t beat them… make friends?<h2>

No, you can’t adopt a raccoon – they will destroy your place faster than ten litters of kittens combined. But you could find ways to co-exist.

This is something that you will have to learn anyway if your house is surrounded by miles of woods and your closest neighbors can’t tell if a nuke just exploded in your house or not. The reality of your life now is that you will be surrounded by wildlife and that you will have to dig deep and connect with your inner Disney princess.

That being said, you can learn how to do it with minimum damage to your property (and sanity) by getting educated a bit first.

First, take a moment and learn all about the animals in your area – not just from books, but talk to people around you (if there are any) about them. Are they friendly or they shy away from humans? Are they aggressive? Are they experiencing more or fewer raccoon visits in comparison to previous years?

If the rest of your community is fairly lax about their existence, you can relax as well. Just make sure not to let them enter your house. But if they can be a bit destructive start with the repellant and level up slowly if it proves to not be enough.

Consider getting in touch with a local wildlife officer or an animal care specialist. Both can help you develop a strategy for peaceful cohabitation with your ner furry friends.

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