I am done with raccoons.
I know, I know. I live in a mountain forest, and they were here first. But the masked bandits are getting on my last nerve.
They scratch up my newly painted deck. They prowl around at night like furry burglars. They carry diseases I’d rather not have my family infected with. They serve as scouts for bears.
And now, they have twice-damaged my sweet little mountain greenhouse and vegetable plants that I have painstakingly nurtured for months. (I have just now spent an hour making repairs, again. Oh how I love thee, duct tape.)
So, what’s a mountain dweller to do? After all, in a forest, there will always be raccoons. Here are two tricks a few of the experts I consulted with gave:
1. Put a battery-operated radio in the areas where you want the raccoons to stay away from. At dusk, turn the radio to on to a talk radio station that broadcasts all night.
If this does not seem to thwart your masked visitors, turn the volume up loudly, and leave the radio on day and night.
This idea makes me laugh, and I’m pretty sure the radio is going to keep us up at night and slowly become a form of self-torture. But that doesn’t mean I won’t try it.
2. Several sources tell me that ammonia, a chemical found in urine, is a smell that raccoons really hate. Supposedly, they smell the urine and think a much larger predator has marked the area. So, soak some old rags in ammonia and place them around where you do not want raccoons.
You’re going to have to resoak and replace those rags at least every few days to be effective.
I don’t even clean my own house with ammonia because I don’t like the chemical. I’m not liking the idea of putting this out around our deck and backyard. But hey, never say never. This is war.
Three Useless Raccoon Facts
Raccoons can range an area of up to 250 acres as their home habitat.
Raccoons live in nature for about 5 years or less.
Newborn raccoons have no mask and no rings on their tail yet.
Do you have a suggestion for getting raccoons to stay away? Please share below!