Raccoon are smart, resourceful and can be aggressive. Raccoon demonstrate their intelligence in the variety and complexity of their behavior when working to secure food. Despite what may be almost mesmerizing displays of dexterity and ingenuity raccoon are known to be disease-ridden and can pose many dangers to you, your home and lawn and your family pets. Getting rid of intruding raccoon as quickly as possible is advised.
Using Homemade Raccoon Repellent
Because raccoon are highly intelligent they can find ways to circumvent nearly any repellents, deterrents or barriers you may utilize to thwart them raiding your lawn, garbage or pet food. It may require a combination of tactics to successfully get rid of the invaders and keep them gone. Among your strategies you may wish to include the use of homemade raccoon repellent. Raccoon repellents made at home can be effective and relatively inexpensive to utilize.
Simple Homemade Raccoon Repellent Recipes
The basic formula for homemade raccoon repellent generally relies on the use of hot peppers or their extracts. Raccoon display a sensitivity to the spiciness of capsaicin – the chemical that makes hot peppers hot. The simplest raccoon repellent recipe includes only:
Dish Washing Liquid
Simply mix together one large bottle of hot sauce (like Tabasco) with 1 gallon of water. Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid to help the mixture stick to the plants or other surfaces on to which you spray the repellent. Remember, the repellent will need be replaced after it rains and after you water any plants on which it has been applied. Also, do not forget to thoroughly wash any fruits or vegetables you harvest to remove all of the hot sauce mixture before you eat them.
You may also wish to boil a yellow onion in the water prior to creating your mixture. Some people find that the smell of the cooked onion enhances the effectiveness of the repellent mixture.
Alternative homemade raccoon repellent recipes include using vinegar as the base ingredient. Others call for adding even more spice to the mixture by including jalapeno peppers and other hot peppers along with the onion in the base mixture.
Enhancing Your Homemade Raccoon Repellent
Regardless of which raccoon repellent recipe you utilize, it can be enhanced by using Shake-Away Large Animal Repellent for Raccoon. The all natural product includes the scent of the raccoon’s most feared predator, the coyote, to signal to the raccoon that your yard has been claimed by the predator and is no place to hangout. By leveraging the raccoon’s inborn fear of predators the easy to use granules put the effectiveness of nature’s most powerful repellent (fear) behind your efforts to get rid of raccoon.