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Question DetailsAsked on 8/3/2012

Is there anything you can put around your house to keep raccoons away. We have them by the dozens, a trapper can't help, to many.

Trappers have been out to try and catch them, but there are so many he can't keep up with them. They are living in our dock and invade our patios at night. They are so used to people now they aren't scared of you, I was sitting on the patio one evening and one came right up and when I felt it touch my leg I just about jumped out of my skin. Help!!

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As a 35 year veteran of the pest control business and person that had a raccoon problem at our home I can understand your frustration and fear. We had been seeing raccoons for some time, in fact they were living under our neighbor wooden porch, I tried trapping a few but they kept coming back. Then a couple of years ago our neighbor tried to break up a fight between a raccoon and their dog in the middle of the night. The raccoon bit him then jumped in the canal. Our neighbor had to go through the very painful process of getting rabies shots. That in combination with knowledge of diseases they carry such as giardiasis, leptospira bacteria and roundworm made me determined to rid ourselves of them. Other than shooting the only safe way to get rid of them is to trapping, and it will work if done correctly. What we did is set up multiple traps over the course of many days (almost a month) and kept trapping them until we got no hits on the traps for at least a week. We finally got to the point where we did not get any activity for 7-10 days I picked up the traps. As we live next to a nature preserve you can never rid the area of raccoons. About once every 12-18 months I have to repeat this procedure, but it keeps them thinned out to the point where our families’ safety is not at risk.


Answered 8 years ago by NaturZone

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