Raccoon Repel

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Raccoon clinging to bricks six stories up a
Burlington, Iowa, apartment building, a masked burglar is finally
collared by the authorities

There is no easy way to repel raccoons. Many web sites will suggest cutting down all of the trees around your house that are close to the roof, others will suggest placing moth balls in the attic, placing speakers that make loud music all night long in the attic, while others will sell you some magic potion which will drive the raccoons away. The fact is that raccoons have become used to living in urban areas and the sounds and smells that go with living close to humans. They just will not be deterred by these types of things, especially those raccoons that live in urban areas.

While it is a good idea to remove obvious things that the raccoons can use to gain access to your attic, as the picture shows they can climb straight up a brick wall over 4 stories! The best approach is to keep all potential food sources away from them and ensure that all potential entrances to your attic are blocked in a way that they cannot gain entry. If you already have raccoons in your attic your raccoon repel plan must first include getting them out and keeping them out.


Some companies will recommend the installation of a one way trap door over the entrance to the den with the surrounding area covered with strong heavy gauge wire mesh. This way the raccoons can get out, but they cannot get back in! This is an effective raccoon repel approach, however you must make sure the young babies can also get out as well. If not the mother raccoon is going to do everything in her power to get back in, including tearing roof vents off to return to her young.

If there are babies involved, you are just better off to wait until they are old enough to come out on their own and then install the one way trap door as a means of repelling the raccoons from your attic. Also make sure you cover all other potential entrances with heavy gauge wire mesh that is screw nailed into the roof and seal to avoid any potential water damage.



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