What About Raccoon Repellents

Attempting to use a repellent for your raccoon removal solution is just entertaining to the raccoon. These so-called raccoon repellentsraccoon repellents rarely ever phase the animal at all. Some companies will attempt to sell you coyote or fox urine but it does not work. Neither does mothballs or ammonia so don’t bother. There is not an easy solution for raccoon removal, and it is not a raccoon repellent,  you need a professional. If a raccoon has found its way into your attic, chances are there are baby raccoons there as well. If you try to do the whole raccoon removal thing yourself you can end up having babies up there starving to death and then you have to deal with the smell of decomposing animals. If you have a raccoon problem a professional must be involved.

Frequently produced from ammonia as well as predator urine, you might encounter raccoon repellents on-line. Provided as a simple answer for your raccoon issue, be forewarned that they are largely inadequate. Your wallet will probably be a bit bit light, but you will nonetheless have raccoons about.

So What About Raccoon Repellents

One of the most common questions I receive in Shreveport goes like this, “I am having a problem with a raccoon destroying my attic and yard. I don’t want to hurt him, I just want him to go away. Is there anything I can spray that will keep the raccoon away from my property.” I often respond, “The short answer is no.”

Let me take this opportunity to explain why repellents don’t work the way people want them too

The first problem with repellents is that free roaming mammals can simply walk past a smell that disturbs them. Think of all the times you have smelled bad and repulsive odors. Did it stop you from going where you needed to go? Probably not. Now consider it from an animal’s point of view. He has a choice. Continue to eat and smell a bad smell or not smell a bad smell and starve. Which path do you think he will take?

The second problem lies with familiarity. Let’s say theoretically you find a raccoon repellent that does drive the animals away from your property. (We would call this a perimeter raccoon repellent). Chances are it would work on the principle of fear of a predator. For example, if you used coyote urine you may reduce raccoon damage because coyotes eat raccoons. The problem however is that over time the raccoons will realize that he is smelling coyotes but he doesn’t see them. Or if there are actually coyotes around, then he has the choice of getting eaten or starve.

Yet another problem with raccoon repellents lies in the restrictions surrounding their use. For example, you shouldn’t use a taste repellent on plants you are planning to eat. You can use them on plants that you don’t eat to stop or reduce animal browsing, but if you spray them on food you plan to eat, be careful. If you notice that your mouth is getting hot then you know you sprayed the wrong plants.

I hope this gives you some insight on why raccoon repellents don’t work the way people expect them to. While raccoon repellents have a place in animal damage control, one needs to use these chemicals in certain specific situations. They are not a cure all.

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