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If you live in the country (or even sometimes in town!) you know that racoons can be a major problem.
They invade your yard, dig in your trash, terrorize your pets, and may even dig up your landscaping.
So, how do you get rid of these annoying pests?
Racoons are quite the issue since they can climb, dig, jump, and get to just about any area that they please.
To complicate the problem, many common racoon deterrents are harmful to your favorite pets!
Some pest control methods may cause your cat or dog to become ill, so it’s important to use pet friendly racoon removal methods.
Today, we’ll take a look at several ways to rid your space of racoons without harming your pets and other welcome creatures.
Specifically, we will explore options for a racoon repellent safe for cats and other outdoor furry friends.
When choosing a pest repellent to use around your pets, you need to avoid harmful chemical treatments.
These include the standard chemical repellents typically found in the pest control aisle as well as any and all poisons.
If a chemical can make a racoon sick, there is a good chance that it will do the same or worse to your pet!
Also, steer clear of traps and mechanical pest deterrents.
If your cat is curious like most felines, they will probably want to investigate and could become trapped in the snare themselves.
So, let’s take a look at some of the safer ways to get rid of racoons that will protect your outdoor pets!
- Coyote urine
Coyotes are major predators for racoons! If a raccoon smells a coyote in the area, they will run away as fast as they can to avoid danger.
You can purchase coyote urine in the form of a liquid, powder or sealed container at your local hunting or lawn and garden store.
To use successfully, place coyote urine in multiple locations in your yard, focusing on the places where you most often see racoons.
Reapply every two months to get the best effect. (You may need to apply more often if your area experiences heavy rain.)
- Sprinkler systems
Racoons hate being sprayed with water! If racoons are a problem in your neighborhood, you can take action by installing a motion activated sprinkler system.
When movement triggers a sensor, the system releases a burst of shocking water. No harm will come to the animal, but they will be frightened and perturbed!
After a jolt of adrenaline, their fight or flight response will kick in, causing them to vacate the premises.
Unfortunately, your outdoor cats may take offence, but it will not harm them long-term.
To minimize ill effects on your pets, restrict the sprinkler system to areas where you most prominently see racoons enter or leave the premise.
Try to keep the sprinklers away from your pets’ home, food dish and favorite places to relax.
If possible, set the sprinklers on a timer system that automatically turns on at night and turns off in the morning.
You can adjust the width and height of sprinkler coverage to the area where raccoons are most prevalent.
- Install motion or infrared activated lights.
As we said, racoons are nocturnal creatures. So they love to come out at night and do not enjoy bright lights.
Installing motion activated lights in areas where you typically see racoons will help deter them from hanging out in your yard.
Remember to be cautious of where you shine the lights; your neighbors will not appreciate bright lights shining in their windows in the wee hours of the morning.
But, if installed well, lights can be a powerful and harmless racoon repellent.
How to get rid of raccoons without annoying your cats?
- Bring your cats indoors at night.
Racoons are nocturnal, which means that you’ll typically see them at night. So, your pest control efforts will need to be in high gear after the sun goes down.
Bringing your cats inside may not be possible in all situations, but if you can, do it!
Not only will your cats be safer, they will also avoid annoyances from your efforts to get rid of raccoons.
Did you know that cat food and other pet smells may actually draw racoons to your yard?
By bringing your cats inside, you may eliminate an attraction for raccoons.
- Move cat food indoors at night.
Racoons are drawn to anything that smells like food. They even eat cat and dog food!
You can help prevent racoons from pestering your property by eliminating food sources.
Bring your pets’ food inside at night and minimize the amount of pet food that is outdoors during the day.
Similarly, make sure to clean up after outdoor meals. Never leave food scraps outside and do not dispose of oil or food wastes outside.
- Tightly seal trash and other containers.
Raccoons are incredibly playful creatures! They are also quite good with their hands.
They’ve been known to break into trash cans, totes, storage boxes and more. Do not leave trash exposed, and seal the smell away as well as possible.
Prevent raccoons from coming around by tightly sealing all of your outdoor storage units.
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