Raccoons are dangerous creatures because they can spread serious diseases and damage your property too. They can invade your yard in search of something to eat. If a raccoon strays into your yard, it is essential to get rid of it safely as soon as possible. Read on to learn useful tips on how to do this.
Home Remedies to get rid of Raccoons in your Yard
- Keep the lid shut tight on garbage cans and do not leave any litter or trash around the yard as this may attract raccoons
- Periodically search your yard for any food items lying around such as fruits from trees, pet food, bird food, etc. Clear them out to keep raccoons out
- You can employ scare tactics like installing motion detector lights, gadgets that make loud noises or sprinklers to deter the pesky animals
- If a raccoon strays into your yard, you can try to trap it. But before you try to this, check local laws as many states have made it illegal to trap raccoons. This is also a dangerous tactic because raccoons can carry distemper, leptospirosis, rabies and roundworm. Once the animal is trapped, take it to far-off raccoon-friendly place and release it. Exercise great caution while doing this as the trapped raccoon will try to bite
- If you feel it would be too dangerous to safely evict the animal yourself, contact a professional, local animal control department or a private animal removal company to do the job safely.
More Ways – How to get rid of raccoons in your yard
Read on to learn more effective methods about safely evicting raccoons from your yard and to prevent them gaining entry in the first place:
- As mentioned earlier, you can try to trap the raccoon after making sure it is legal to do so in your state. You can put a choice of bait into the trap to lure the animal. Common raccoon baits include fruits, canned tuna and canned cat food
- If you live in a raccoon-prone area, you can try to keep the animal out of your yard and house by spraying repellents like ammonia or predator urine which you can at any sporting goods store. Ask for urine from mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes or wolves
- A novel option to deter raccoons is placing a commercial scarecrow-cum-sprinkler in your yard. This gadget sprinkles water and makes a loud noise when its sensor is tripped by the raccoon.
- If you are good with a gun, you can try to shoot the animal. But this is a dangerous tactic because you need to be sure you are on the right side of the law regarding using a firing weapon as well as the legality of killing a raccoon in your state