How to Get Rid of Raccoons in a Barn

Barns serve many important purposes, especially when they house livestock. With such valuables inside your barn, it is can be quite distressing discovering animal damages inside. Boats, equipment, tools, cars, furniture, lumber, materials, and more can all be destroyed by nuisance wildlife. Here in Kentucky, one of the most common barn-dwellers among the native nuisance wildlife are raccoons. This is partly to do with the fact that raccoons have highly dexterous paws that can open windows, doors, latches, handles, and even locks, much like human hands can.

If you are dealing with nuisance raccoons in or around your barn, you can feel better knowing that there are some simple ways to thwart raccoon activity without causing them harm. Continue reading for some tips on how to get rid of raccoons in barns.

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Louisville Raccoon Removal and Control 502-553-7622

☑ Invest in Better Locks

If you are lucky enough to have a modern barn that was constructed with quality lumber and parts, you will likely have working barn doors. However, doors are not enough to keep out intelligent and crafty critters like raccoons out. In addition to ensure your barn doors are sturdy and close all the way, it will help to invest in some better locks. Use combination locks that cannot be opened or unhooked by raccoons. These will do the trick to keeping raccoons out if they are using the door as their entry point.

☑ Remove All Food and Water

Although shelter is likely the primary motivation for raccoons to access your barn, food and water also play a part. If you eliminate all food and water sources inside the barn, it will have a big influence on the level of raccoon activity. However, many people have barns solely for the purpose of storing feed and other forms of foodstuffs, making this tip moot. In this case, you can remove all food and water sources outside of the barn, and hope that it makes a difference.

☑ Install Motion-Detection Lights

Raccoons are more afraid of you than you are of them. They will jump and run at the smallest startling noise, or light. Motion-detection lighting is cheap, easy to install, and does wonders when it comes to abating nuisance raccoon activity outdoors. Best of all, it is harmless and humane, and can also keep other nuisance wildlife away, like skunks, opossum, squirrels, and more. Like motion lighting, automatic sprinkler systems work well too. As an alternative to motion lighting and sprinklers, you can place a radio inside your barn and leave it on a talk station, overnight. This will make raccoons think humans are around, and will steer clear of the area.

☑ Contact a Wildlife Removal Company

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When all else fails, you need professional intervention. Call 502-553-7622 if you are experiencing ongoing raccoon problems in Louisville, Kentucky and throughout its surrounding areas. We are DNR licensed and insured, and provide both residential and commercial raccoon control services. We offer 24 hour raccoon removal, as well as, raccoon control, proofing, prevention, minor restorations for raccoon damages, cleanup, and much more.

Choosing Between a Liquid or Granular Repellent for Raccoons

When nuisance raccoons have you feeling hopeless and helpless, perhaps it is time to consider your options for safe and humane raccoon control. There are several things you can do to make your property less attractive to raccoons, primarily environmental modifications like removing food and water sources, locking up trashcans, planting cucumbers or marigolds, and installing garden fences. In fact, read our blog, “How to Keep Raccoons Away From Your House” to learn all the things you can do to help thwart nuisance raccoon activity on your property.

As an option for environmental modification, many homeowners are opting for a more instant solution to repel nuisance raccoons, which is why store-bought repellents are becoming more and more popular these days. Of such repellents, your two umbrella options will be to choose between a liquid-based formula and a granule-based formula. Before choosing a product and implementing an application, be sure to learn your facts about both types of repellents.

Continue reading to learn what you need to know about liquid and granule raccoon repellent products, as well as, how to make your own, homemade, non-toxic raccoon repellent.

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Raccoon Removal and Control 502-553-7622

Liquid Repellents

Liquid repellents come in liquid form, and are generally intended to be mixed with water to create a spray-able solution. This allows you to target specific areas, like bird feeders, play sets, trashcans, windows, compost piles, and more. It can also be used to create an invisible perimeter around your entire property, which is best implemented with a sprayer, but generally, granule repellents are best for that job.

Granule Repellents

Granule repellent products come in granules, like little beads or balls. These are meant to be sprinkled or dusted around the perimeter of your yard, garden, or other infested area to create a defense barrier against nuisance raccoons and other intervening wildlife. Although effective, it is not recommended for those who have outdoor pets or children. These granules can cause illness if ingested by dogs, cats, or children.

Homemade, Non-Toxic Raccoon Repellent

To avoid potential hazards associated with chemical repellents, you might want to try making your own homemade solution using common household ingredients like cayenne pepper and garlic. Read our article, “How to Make a Safe Raccoon Repellent” to learn what you need and how to get started. You will discover which scents and tastes raccoons hate, and how to apply them safely to your property without jeopardizing the health and well-being of your loved ones, including pets!

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Call us today at 502-553-7622 for professional Louisville raccoon removal and control services today. We offer a wide range of services for residential and commercial properties, including raccoon removal, control, prevention, proofing, cleanup, attic restorations, and more. Call 502-553-7622 to request a free estimate or information about Louisville raccoon control, today.