Raccoons, popularly known as “masked bandits”, are cute and cuddly animals but with destructive nature. They intrude human habitations in search for food and den. They destroy garden, disarrange garbage, and spread roundworms and rabies virus. You can be so angry when raccoons damage your property and you think of exterminating them in any way. There are laws that inhibit killing and inhumane treatment of raccoons so beware of them to avoid penalties. Using homemade raccoon repellent is an alternative way of keeping raccoons out of your vicinity. Protect your properties by making homemade raccoon repellents using the recipes provided below.
Homemade Raccoon Repellent Recipe #1
The Larimer Humane Society of Northern Colorado recommends this homemade repellent to protect garden plants from being eaten by raccoons. This repellent also drives raccoons away.
Mix one can of cayenne pepper or one small bottle of hot sauce in one gallon of water. Then mix one teaspoon of mild dish washing detergent to the solution. The purpose of the detergent is to help the pepper adhere to the plants, objects, and places you spray.
Raccoons have strong sense of smell like dogs. They don’t like the pungent smell of pepper so they tend to stay away from plants, objects, and places sprayed with hot pepper solution. You should reapply the repellent after a rain or watering.
Homemade Raccoon Repellent Recipe #2
The second recipe is provided by the City of Lakewood, Colorado and as effective as the first recipe. The ingredients needed are 1 tablespoon Cayenne pepper, 1 chopped Jalapeno pepper, and 1 chopped yellow onion. Boil all the ingredients in 2 quarts of water for 20 minutes. Boiling will release the active chemicals (e.g. capsaicin) from the pepper and onion to the water.
When the water cools, strain it using cheesecloth. Spray the strained water in plants, objects, or places where you want raccoon to stay away. This repellent is effective but must be reapplied every 3 to 5 days.[ad#afterpost]