Raccoons can be resourceful and smart. Raccoons will return to your yard to eat the food they find. Because raccoons can only be seen at night, you will not know they are there unless they cause damage. These can include empty pet food dishes or torn plants, as well as tipped-over garbage cans and other signs that raccoons are present. It can be hard to keep them away from your yard because they are so intelligent.
Beware of Traps
Although live traps can be a great way to keep raccoons out of your yard they should not be used by you. In most areas, homeowners cannot release wild animals trapped in their yards. Your local wildlife control agency will dispatch someone to trap the animal. If the raccoon has a problem with its health or is nursing, they will be able to send an animal control officer who will provide the tools and permissions necessary to handle the situation.
Raccoons can climb and dig so electrifying a fence is essential for its effectiveness. You can electrify wires to add some extra security to a fence you already have. Place one wire 8 inches above the ground. If you have two wires, then place them 6 to 12 inches above the ground. Install an electrified Raccoon Fence around any area where raccoons are not bothering you, such as a fish tank. The electricity should be turned on at night and switched off in the morning.
Eliminating food sources is one of the best ways to keep them away from your yard. You should bring your pet food indoors, or cover it at night. Bungee cords can be used to secure trash can lids and prevent raccoons from getting in your garbage. The cords should be long enough to attach each trash can handle, and they must be long enough so that the lid doesn’t slip off or fall if it is tipped over.
Repellents and scare devices
Raccoons are resistant to water and noise devices as well as spray repellents. Mothballs and other scent repellents will only work in areas where raccoons can crawl in. If they are placed in open spaces, however, they won’t work outside. Although scare devices using light, noise, water, or light may work occasionally, the raccoons quickly learn to ignore them. These scare tactics may seem appealing, but they will not work.