When it comes to getting rid of pesky raccoons, most homeowners are looking for an effective, but inexpensive option. Fortunately, this is possible with the right knowledge and materials. Continue reading to learn which options are the cheapest for raccoon control.
The absolute cheapest method of non-professional, do-it-yourself raccoon control is environmental modification and monitoring. This entails nightly observations and daily logs to record when and where the raccoon activity is taking place on your property, followed by making changes to the surrounding environmental to thwart raccoons from returning night after night.
Basically, you must find out what it is that’s attracting nuisance wildlife to your yard, and then eliminate what that may be. Most likely, it is food and water, such as pet bowls, water dishes, bird baths, squirrel feeders, accessible garbage or compose piles, and any other possible forms of food, water, or shelter.
A costlier, but still affordable, method of environmental modification is to install motion-sensing lighting, automatic sound machines, or premise fencing. You can also place a small stereo or radio in the area that has the most activity, and leave it on a talk station, overnight. This can trick raccoons into thinking there are humans around, in which case, they would steer clear.
Homemade Raccoon Repellent
Another highly effective and affordable option is to make your own homemade raccoon repellent spray. You may not even need to buy supplies if you have them at home already. All you need is a plastic spray bottle, some water, and a few household spices or essential oils. Raccoons hate cinnamon, cayenne pepper, black pepper, chili powder, eucalyptus, menthol, spearmint, peppermint, and similar strong scents and spices.
Simply mix these with water and spray the perimeter of your property. Apply your solution more generously in areas where raccoons hang out the most. Just be careful with pets that wander outside since the spray can also irritate their nose, mouths, eyes, and throat.
The Importance of Raccoon Removal
If you have raccoons in the attic or other area within your home, you cannot put a price on safety and comfort. Not only are raccoons incredibly destructive, they are known carriers of several infectious diseases that can be passed onto people and pets. So regardless of how expensive it is to resolve a raccoon infestation, it must be done without questions. The massive mess will only continue to get more expensive as time goes on, so the best route for saving money when it comes to a raccoon infestation is to tackle the problem right away. The longer raccoons are living in your home or building, the more damage will occur, making the restoration project more expensive.