Home Remedies to Keep Away Raccoons and Get Rid of Them

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Home remedies work about as well as commercialized spray and powder repellents work when it comes to getting rid of raccoons or keeping them away from your property. Not at all.



You may have heard of the almighty mothball which will make any critter flee without looking back. If a raccoon smells food on your property and wants to get to it, an additional mothball smell won’t deter it whatsoever. The food is always more important. If the raccoon has already set shop in your attic, it’s more than likely a female raccoon that has a litter. It won’t prematurely expose its young to the outside dangers just because you’ve made it rather smelly in there.

Spreading human or dog hair doesn’t work either. If the animal wants to go on your property, the theory is that the raccoon will think a human or a dog is around, and it will be too scared to further advance. Well, raccoons are becoming bolder and bolder, and they don’t fear us as much as we might think. They have no problem with attacking dogs in order to defend themselves, so the dog hair smell isn’t such a big red warning sign for them. 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.

I could keep going on debunking all sorts of oldwives’ tales, but the story is the same with each and every one of them, really. The raccoon just won’t care. Or if it does indeed care, there are stronger incentives for them to come on your property or remain there, incentives that are deep rooted in their DNA, and that will always outweigh any slight discomfort we may cause them with our funny home remedies.

Of course, you can try any and all of the suggestions you get, but it is my educated opinion that you will just lose time and energy by doing so.

‘What works, then?’ Well, making sure that there’s nothing on your property that might attract the raccoon is one thing that could work in terms of prevention – no accessible garbage cans, no pet food, no fallen fruits or nuts. In terms of repellants, eviction fluid is the only one that might work, but this is not a home remedy, it’s a commercialized liquid or paste that is made with male raccoon gland secretions and urine. This might work with making a mother raccoon leave an attic and move her litter due to fear of a male killing her young. The other thing that works is having a wildlife control expert take care of the problem.

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