How Do You Repel Raccoons?


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There are multiple methods that can be used to repel raccoons, including using commercial pest repellent granules and sprays and sprinkling mothballs or cayenne pepper around the property. Motion-activated lights and sprinklers designed to scare raccoons and other pests away can also be used.

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How Do You Repel Raccoons?
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Electric fences may also help to keep raccoons away, but it usually takes two wires, one that's about 5 inches above the ground and another that's approximately 12 inches above ground. It is also possible to make a pest repellent spray by boiling one jalapeño pepper, one white onion and 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper in 2 quarts of water. This mixture can be sprayed around the property to keep raccoons and other pests away, and it only lasts for a few days before respraying is necessary.

Loud noises or human voices can also scare raccoons away, which is why some people recommend leaving a radio on outside tuned to a talk show station. Having a dog outside can also deter raccoons from entering a property.

It is also important to make sure that there are no possible food sources for the raccoons. Always keep trash inside or in a sturdy can with a locking lid, and never leave pet food outside at night.

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