Moth balls are highly toxic and can KILL ANY LIVING THING - even the birds! They also contaminate ground water!
Attach a Slinky (or a thing gauge, but strong, wire spring) under the feeder, on the top of the pole. Gather up enough wire at this rim in case you need to add a second skirt.
Then attach metal sheeting rolled into an upside down funnel shape (looks like a skirt on the pole)to it by making 4 tiny holes around the rim (the skirt's waist) and running coated electrical wire through the metal and the Slinky wire. Leave no part of the Slinky hanging under this funnel or the raccoons will use it as a foothold.
The rim of the metal facing the ground needs to be wide. If one funnel doesn't work - attach a second, smaller one about 4-5 inches under the first. I spray paint mine to match the green pole and feeder. (Note: The higher up the pole the funnel/s are placed, the better. However, not high enough to provide a foothole at the dinner table for the critter!)
The raccoon's natural enemy is the coyote. The coyote's scent will certainly keep the raccoons away. Aquire the scent gland from a female coyote, and squeeze the musk around the area the raccoon has been frequenting.The raccoon will recognize the area as the coyote's lair, and stay away.
We use Pine Sol regular sent in a spray bottle. We spray it around property line, on the garbage can etc. Raccoons, skunks and other small animals don't like the smell. We lived in Toronto, and raccoons were a big problem there, and this "trick" seemed to help!!
Could you move the hummingbird feeder onto a tall pole, thin enough for the raccoon to be unable to climb it yet strong enough for the raccoon not to be able to pull it down?
If you live in the country, learn to use a gun, and get rid of it. We do and the skunks, porcupines and raccoons are not welcome here.
If you live in the city you could call the local animal control officer and get him to set a trap. Or, buy a live trap yourself. Once he/she is caught, go for a drive and drop him/her off somewhere. You will probably catch all your neighbors' cats first before the raccoon though. Maybe go for a drive with them too!
you could try putting moth balls out they don't like the smell of them.It's worth a try.
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