Getting Rid of Raccoons

I live in a more rural area in Florida and I've had raccoons coming around regularly to my front deck. I even heard them fighting the other night. I'm afraid they will hurt one of my outside cats. What can I do to make them go away? I'm not leaving cat food or garbage out.


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March 22, 20170 found this helpful


Trapping raccoons. A good raccoon trap is by far the your best bet for raccoon removal. ...
Protect your trash. ...
Keep your yard clean and free of raccoon fodder. ...
Make them feel unwelcome. ...
Employ scare tactics. ...
Ammonia. ...
Predator urine. ...
The Scarecrow.

I would try the ammonia, predator urine and the scarecrow.

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March 22, 20170 found this helpful

Have no food out (including plants they like to eat), have a light on and something that makes noise (such as a radio) and seal up any places they may be trying to get into.

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March 22, 20170 found this helpful

Bright lights and loud sounds/loud music. They also hate any type of mothball scent.

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March 22, 20170 found this helpful

We once had a raccoon in our garage! It took some convincing for the raccoon to get out.


But since that incident, we make sure our home is well lit at night. Raccoons love peaceful environments, so I would recommend a chime. We have that so at night it will lightly chime.

Other tips:

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March 30, 20170 found this helpful

A coon got trapped in our garage for a period of time. He scratched and chewed the top wooden step to nothing trying to get out. I fight them every year but it's useless as our neighbor feeds them cat and dog food. The neighbors have moved so the coons are real hungry as the cafeteria moved!!YEA!!

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March 23, 20170 found this helpful

Raccoons can be dangerous, even when caught in traps, but since you have cats you will not be able to use a trap.
Here is a formula that I found in one of my garden books:
Mix 1/3 Rubbing Alcohol, 1 Cup White Vinegar, 3 Cups of Pine-sol. Pour onto your lawn or into the garbage bin, They should be gone within a few days because they will not like the smell.


The best thing that worked for me was a product called Whole Control Liquid Mole Repellent. I bought mine (several years ago) at Walmart but I'm sure it can be found locally or on the Internet. Here is some info on this product (and it really works for Raccoons):

Whole Control Liquid Mole Repellent a concentrated bad tasting agent which should be sprayed on yard areas, where raccoons or other nuisance animals are digging. The product is not a poison and will not hurt any pet that will come in contact with it. The main goal of using this solution is to chase away raccoons and make them find food elsewhere.

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April 19, 20170 found this helpful

Unfortunately, there's probably not much you can do. The main things that will draw them to your home is access to food. Be sure there is no access point to getting inside your home, like into the attic, and tighten down garbage can lids so they can't get what's inside.


Usually they will move on to a better location. Most cats that have grown up outside are capable of taking care of themselves. Young ones can't.

Another option is to hire a local pest control company with raccoon removal service. They are trained in trapping and moving them elsewhere. Good luck!

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