Tips to keep raccoons out of your garden
Raccoons may be filthy and live on the streets, but they’re very capable animals. They’re smart, creative, and never seem to give up when they have a goal in mind. That’s why it’s so difficult to get rid of them when they’ve found your garden and to keep your plants safe from harm. Here’s a list of tips to help make the task easier.
As humans, we aren’t exactly the best at keeping all our food locked up. Which is what attracts raccoons. To get rid of them, it’s a good idea to start simple and just remove anything they might try to munch on. Grills left out in the open are an obvious attraction, as even animals love the delicious smell of barbecue. If you have pets, it’s a good idea to hide away their bowls of food and water by keeping them indoors. Additionally, trashcans are a big attraction and act as a buffet for raccoons. That’s why you should buy a raccoon-proof trashcan or find another way to prevent the pests from opening the lid.
You may already have a fence surrounding your garden, but it just doesn’t seem to keep raccoons out. Why is that? As it turns out, raccoons are incredible climbers, so an ordinary fence just won’t do. As a result, it’s a good idea to upgrade to an electric fence that makes it near impossible for the furry friends to climb in and destroy your garden.
Humans are one of only a small handful of mammals who actually eat spicy food. Most animals run away at the scent of it and will avoid eating anything spicy, for fear that it could cause harm. Raccoons, unlike humans, hate spicy things, so we can use it to our advantage. Spraying hot sauce or some other spicy mixture around a perimeter in your garden will help ward off any of those imposters. Additionally, it might be a good idea to spray some on your bird feeder, since birds aren’t affected by spice and the presence of the foods you leave for birds could attract raccoons.
Sounds and Light
Despite their innate deviousness, raccoons can sometimes be pretty sensitive, especially to sound and light. As a result, you can use that to your advantage to ward off the sneaky creatures. You can start by setting up a radio or speaker in your garden and have it play music or a radio talk-show on repeat all night long, which is when raccoons are most active. That’ll make them think that a person is actually in the garden, so they’ll keep their distance. Setting up motion-activated sprinklers or spotlights can also be a good idea, as these can scare the raccoons off and make them think twice before ever coming back.
Raccoons may come in and destroy your garden, but with some careful planning, you can quickly drive them away. All you have to do is clean up your garden, spread some hot sauce, make an electric fence, and finish it all off with some sounds and light that could scare them away. With that, you’ll have a raccoon-free garden.