Keeping Raccoons Out of the Trash

How to keep raccoons out of the trash?

Shirley from Huntsville, AL

September 25, 20061 found this helpful

Raccoons and other varmints cannot stand the smell of scented trash bags, they are well worth their price. I have yet to have any bags torn apart since I switched to the scented kinds. In wintertime you should get some relief as the air freezes the garage and the animals cannot smell it. Hope this helps you! Amy

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September 26, 20060 found this helpful

I have a plastic garbage bin with a twist- off lid. Now, racoons are pretty clever, but I don't think they have the hand-stength to get this kind of lid off!

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September 26, 20060 found this helpful

You can buy an inexpensive powdered coyote urine online. Its harmless but repels naturally.

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May 6, 20070 found this helpful

We live in Florida and our Community backs onto a conservation area where racoons live.

We are principally a vacation renting community and therefore trash cans are placed curb side most days of the week.

Racoons patrol for food every night , over turning the trash cans and littering our streets with unhygienic household waste.

Our Home Owners Association have found a very simple device for securing the lids of our cans,.

It comprises a spring fastener, attached to the can wall by a bolt and nut, and an anchor bolted to the lid.

It was shown to our waste collection company, Waste Management, "THINK GREEN" who have approved


I put my can curb side and now see that the raccoon no longer topple it, but look and walk on by because he knows he cannot get in.

We don"t have strewn trash anymore.

If any one would like more information please e-mail me at: flgerald AT

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