Nuisance raccoons can be quite the destructive visitors to have night after night. From overturned garbage cans and ransacked pet food bags, to pried roof shingles, pet conflicts, and more, raccoons can create a large amount of damage in a short amount of time, and even pose safety and health threats against us and our pets. Fortunately, there are some effective methods of wildlife deterrence that work to prevent raccoon activity and subsequent damages. One of these methods of raccoon prevention is using a repellent around your property. Not only is this method safe and humane, it is inexpensive and easy to do right from your home. Continue reading to learn an eco-friendly and humane raccoon repellent recipe that can be made using simple household ingredients.
Using Raccoon Repellent
After you make your homemade raccoon repellent solution, it is important to know how to use it properly. And be sure to wear protective gloves to avoid minor skin irritations. Once the recipe is complete, pour the solution into a clean spray bottle, large enough to hold about two liters. Administer generously around the perimeter of your property, as well as, in areas where the raccoons have been frequenting the most (i.e. garage, trashcans, under the porch, tree house, etc.). Repeat this process every three to four days, or until raccoon activity diminishes completely. Since the solution contains some ingredients that can be harmful to children, be sure to keep it out of reach when it’s not being used. As for the solution itself, check out the recipe below!
Raccoon Deterrent Recipe
What You’ll Need:
• Large Spray Bottle (Cleaned & Rinsed)
• Fresh Water
• Mild Dish Detergent
• Ground Cinnamon
• Ground Cayenne Pepper
• 1 Bottle Tabasco® Sauce
Mix one teaspoon of mild dish detergent with two quarts of water. Add the entire bottle of Tabasco® sauce, followed by one small container of ground cinnamon and one small container ground cayenne pepper. The dish detergent, especially at such a small amount, will not have an adverse effect on plants and grass. Instead, it helps the solution adhere to them, keeping your perimeter intact longer. Allow the solution to sit for a day or two, allowing the spices to merry. This will make the solution stronger. Be sure to not touch your eyes or other vulnerable areas since the recipe calls for heavy pepper sauce. Wear protective gloves and perhaps eye gear as well.
If you are still having a raccoon problem after using your homemade solution for a few weeks, it is in the best interest of your property to call a licensed wildlife control company for professional assistance. They retain the proper tools and training to provide safe and humane raccoon removal services at affordable prices.
Chicago Raccoon Removal
Call Windy City Wildlife at 773-913-0011 for non-lethal raccoon removal and control in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding counties. We are DNR licensed and insured wildlife rescue and control contractors that specialize in raccoon extraction and exclusion. Call 773-913-0011 for free estimates or information about how to get rid of raccoons in Chicago, IL today.