Natural Repellents for Deterring Raccoons

Raccoons are one of the most common critters found in suburban populations. While raccoons are often thought of as rascally-but-cute critters, not everyone wants these furry neighbors digging through their garbage or harassing their pets. While you wait for professional raccoon removal services, you can try a few natural raccoon removal repellents to keep the mischievous mammals out of your backyard.

Natural Raccoon Removal Methods

  • Odor Repellents

Raccoon removal is a tricky business given they’re some of the most persistent animals out there. The most effective way to keep them at bay is to make your property unappealing. This can be accomplished using various strong scents that turn raccoons away, such as:

  • Ammonia
    • Cayenne Pepper
    • Cinnamon
    • Coyote Urine
    • Epsom Salt
    • Peppermint Oil
    • Vinegar

While these smells can serve as an effective deterrent to raccoons, they can also be an equally potent repellant to humans. It’s best to carefully consider where you apply these scents, especially liquids like coyote urine that can disturb and alarm your domestic pets.

  • Bright Lights

Raccoons are nocturnal animals, making them particularly sensitive to bright lights. However, most homeowners don’t have the time to sit outside with a flashlight past midnight to scare nuisance raccoons away. Simply installing motion activated lights with sensors attuned to the area being protected can keep the pesky critters at bay with little human intervention.

  • Artificial Noise Machines

Raccoons also have very sensitive ears. One of the simplest solutions for raccoon removal is the use of ultrasonic deterrent devices that emit a continual high-pitched sound unable to be heard by human ears. While easy to install, these devices also come with several downsides, such as being a potential irritant to nearby pets like rats or guinea pigs. An effective repellent alternative could be to play a small radio which, while audible to humans, can also scare raccoons away. 

Hire a Professional Raccoon Removal Service.

Sometimes even the best natural home remedies can’t keep critters at bay. If raccoons take over your property, it’s best to hire a professional animal control service to remove them instead of trying to do it yourself.

The experienced raccoon removal technicians at Critter Control® of Polk County will quickly and safely remove nuisance wildlife from your property and keep them from returning. To schedule your inspection and receive a free estimate for our effective raccoon removal services, call Critter Control® of Polk County today at 863-204-2815.


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