How To Keep Raccoons Out Of Your Garden

How to Keep Raccoons Out of Vegetable Gardens : Vegetable Gardening 101Beware though, raccoons are agile and intelligent; make sure your fence will keep them out. You may need to install an electric fence. This is a good measure. A two-wire fence, with one wire four to six inches above the ground and the other at 12 inches, should be effective. If your home is near your garden, remove any …

It’s a big problem. “There are dozens of types of raccoon traps, some live traps, some lethal traps.” “If you were able to successfully poison a raccoon, it would most likely die in the attic, where it would decompose for months, and create a horrible odor throughout the house.” “A raccoon will often just move to another, less offensive part of the attic.” “Trypanosoma cruzi is associated with raccoon excrement as are Rickettsia rickettsii, Leptospirosis, and Salmonella.” “In fact, raccoons are one of the few animals for which homeowner’s insurance will pay for attic restoration and repairs.” Your first target is the litter. “They are messy with food or debris they bring in, but much moreso, with their waste.” “And don’t let your fingers enter the cage, or the raccoon will lunge and bite! Pick up and move the cage with care.” “Again, if they’re already familiar with your property or they’ve already made themselves comfortable in your attic, you must be joking if you’re thinking that the smell of hair will make them leave.”

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“How to capture a raccoon that lives in my apartment attic house – Ah raccoon capture, of course. Catch, capture, similar things. A steel cage trap is the best option.” “Once again, I’ve seen both of these tactics used multiple times to no effect.” “Paw Hold Traps: These types of traps are also only really used by trappers, often fur trappers, some of whom perform nuisance wildlife removal services.” “It may take a day or two for it to find a new place and transport all the young, but this is another way to get them all out safely.” “Attics are generally warm, dry, safe, and protected from the elements.” “and don’t let your fingers enter the cage, or the raccoon will lunge and bite! Pick up and move the cage with care.” “Trapping a raccoon – An art, in my opinion (more of a fact than an opinion, really that I honed over many, many years and many trials. Rookies do make mistakes – big ones! So be careful.” Raccoons can be pesky animals that are a nuisance to some people and places. “If a situation requires a snare or trapping the raccoon, they must then be relocated a maximum of 1 kilometer away in accordance with laws.” “If this does not work (may take 3 or 4 days, mom has to find another spot before she removes them) then call a professional.”

—John in Southern IllinoisMike: I planted a sweet corn garden last year at the family cabin. I had a beautiful crop one weekend and devastating ruins the next. How do we keep the rascally raccoons out? We coated a string in deer repellant and ran it around the perimeter, but it didn't do the trick. Please help! —Amy in …

Finding the litter is a daunting job. “There’s no effective poison that I know of for raccoons, though I admit that I don’t know much about poisoning animals.” “The Raccoon (Procyon lotor) is one of the most recognizable creatures in the country because their range includes the whole United States, both in suburban and rural areas.” “After they are nine months old, the young will set off on their own.” “Once you are done reading this post, you will know all the steps needed to get raccoons out of your attic and repair all the damage.” “Raccoon problems – Because of the high number of raccoon problems in the United States, I have written about raccoon pest control at length.” “If raccoon gets in the chimney they can come into the house – Yes, especially if the damper is open. Other than that, it would be unlikely, but it could happen.” “They have no problem entering any attic they choose, on almost any home.” “Especially when a female raccoon is concerned about having a safe place to raise her young, a harassing presence including any scent (predator urine is good, as is raccoon eviction fluid discussed below) and noise (radio) might encourage her to leave the attic with her young.” “Raccoon disease – While the animals themselves, and your pets, can get canine distemper, the big concern is rabies. Rabies is the most serious raccoon disease.” They don’t really need much to grab on to.

Tune a radio to a rock station and set it in the middle of your garden and/or corn patch. Leave it on all night. The noise will scare away the raccoons. Put lights in the garden. A bright lantern will sometimes keep Sun-shy raccoons …

“Breeding and Social Structure: The animal is nocturnal, mostly foraging and feeding at night.” “However, If correctly handled, the pups will not suffer, and you won’t be harmed.” “In fact, when I do trap, it’s often with cages bolted to the roof, in order to get the target animal.” “however, it’s not always so cut and dry.” Multiple options will be given to you tailor-made to your specific situation and structure of the property. “In 1780, Gottlieb Congrad Christian Storr created a separate genus for the species, Procyon, meaning doglike.” Lock your doggie-doors. “Once again, I’ve seen both of these tactics used multiple times to no effect.” Most are made from steel bars. Roundworm: Feces of raccoons is commonly infected with a roundworm known as Baylisascaris.