When it comes to our homes, we want nuisance wildlife to stay off our properties. But we don’t want is to harm animals in an attempt to keep them away. Here in lies the problem: some wild animals are just too smart for some of our standard tricks. For instance, raccoons. Raccoons are incredibly intelligent mammals that have terrific memories and agile abilities to climb, catch, and grasp. They have little dexterous fingers that can even open doors and latches! So how do you keep ambitious raccoons away?
Fortunately, there are several non-toxic, non-lethal, and perfectly-humane methods for keeping raccoons off your property. One of those methods is a simple, homemade raccoon repellant that you can make right from the comfort of your very own kitchen. And it is likely that you already have several of the ingredients since most are common household items. Continue reading to learn how to make a safe, but effective raccoon repellant that you can scatter along the perimeter of your yard to keep raccoons away.
What You Will Need:
~ Plastic Spray Bottle
~ Fresh Water
~ Protective Eye Wear
~ Kitchen Gloves
~ Household Spices (1 or More)
- Cayenne Pepper
- Black Pepper
~ Fresh Hot Peppers (Optional)
~ Extracts (1 or More)
What To Do:
These smells and sensations are something that raccoons hate, and they will stay far away from it at first whiff. So you are going to be making a solution that contains a selection of the household spices, extracts, and peppers listed above. You do not need to use all of them together. Simply select from one category, or combine all three for an extra-strength solution. You can put all of these items into an empty and clean plastic spray bottle, and administer it around the perimeter of your property. Follow the steps below.
Choose your ingredients, and combine them in your empty plastic spray bottle. You can purchase a spray bottle at any home improvement store for under $5, or you can clean out an old one.
If you are using fresh peppers, wear your protective gloves and dice them up. Then transfer them to a bowl and crush them with a spoon until the juices begin to flow. Then put the muddled peppers into your spray bottle. Be sure to wash your hands after you remove your gloves.
Once your ingredients are in the bottle, fill your bottle with clean tap water. Then attach the top securely.
Put on your protective eye wear to prevent getting the solution in your eyes as you spray. If it is a windy day, you should apply the repellant the next day.
Walk around the perimeter of your lawn and spray the solution generously. Be sure to avoid spraying areas where pets and children play.
If you have leftover, spray the solution in areas where you have actually seen raccoons. And then spray the bottom of your outdoor trash cans.
If your raccoon problem persists, contact a professional wildlife control company for safe raccoon exclusion services.
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