Raccoons are not necessarily the innocent looking animals depicted on televisions. Raccoons carry rabies and can infect household pets. Raccoons have discovered humans have an abundant food source conveniently set out every week. Raccoons have been known to enter pet doors and help themselves to whatever they can find inside the home. There is help for getting rid of raccoons by using a raccoon repellent. The repellent can be placed anywhere raccoons are a nuisance.
How to Use Raccoon Repellent
You can buy raccoon repellent in liquid or granular form to repel the troublesome animal. The liquid form usually comes in a concentrate, so it must be measured and diluted. You can spray the solution around flowerbeds, trashcan receptacles and even around pet doors. Read the directions carefully about applying where pets have access. Most repellents use natural ingredients for getting rid of raccoons and are non-toxic.
The granular repellent works perfectly for under porches and around tool sheds. The granular repellent can be wrapped in cheesecloth and tied off in small bundles. Read the directions carefully for how much to use. The bundles can be placed on the roof or near the access to the roof. You should place several bundles under the porch or steps and close off all openings. Raccoons love bird feeders, so sprinkle or spray generously around the feeders. You can hang the bundles on tree limbs or place in the trees to prevent raccoons from climbing.You should reapply the repellent after a heavy rain. Light rains will not reduce the effectiveness. Raccoons love grubs and will tear up yards and even roofing material to get the food source. Raccoons are destructive and have no problem occupying the same space as humans. They can harm domestic pets and will put up a fight if cornered. Raccoons attacking humans is rare but has happened on occasion. Raccoons infected with the rabies virus are extremely unpredictable. Raccoons are rarely seen during daylight hours, and if one is spotted, it may be sick.