Natural Raccoon Repellents that Everyone Should Try

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Natural Raccoon Repellents that Everyone Should Try


Dealing with raccoon problems can be a challenge, particularly due to their wily nature and persistence.  However, there are a number of natural repellents that you can make and apply as a way to keep them at bay.  Let’s look at a few solutions that many people report having success with, and you may be able to benefit from using them as well.

Remove Temptations

The first step to control raccoon problems is to eliminate the sources that attract them in the first place.  This includes removing things like pet food and water dishes if they are outside, closing up your chicken coop and properly sealing your garbage cans.  While this won’t keep all of them away, it will be enough to cause them to move on to more rewarding targets elsewhere.  You should always make sure that you are making the area as raccoon-proof as possible before applying repellents as this step alone can significantly reduce the problem in many cases.


Ammonia is a powerful deterrent to raccoons as they do not like the smell whatsoever.  Pour a small amount directly into your garbage cans or near areas where they have been known to travel around your property.  You can also soak a few rags in ammonia and place them near entrances to their nests if you know where they are.  The only real drawback to using ammonia is that the smell can also irritate humans, so make sure to apply it in areas away from open windows or other places where people congregate.

Epsom Salt

For some reason, raccoons hate Epsom salt, and this is a highly-effective way to keep them out of your garden.  Simply sprinkle a generous amount of salt around the perimeter of your garden along with a little bit on the soil between plants.  Just keep in mind that the salt washes away easily when it rains as well as during normal watering, so it will need to be re-applied on a regular basis to remain an effective  option to have at your disposal.

Cayenne Pepper

Another great way to protect your garden is to mix together a cayenne pepper solution that you can spray around your vegetables.  This has a double benefit of helping to repel certain insects and other vermin as well.  Combine about ¼ cup of cayenne pepper with an equal amount of hot sauce and mix with a gallon of water.  Shake vigorously and pour the mixture into a spray bottle.  Spray all of your vegetables along with plants, bushes, shrubs or flowers that you have around your property as well.  Repeat the process after it rains or you give everything a good watering in order to keep concentrations of this solution high enough to repel them.

Don’t think twice about using multiple approaches in order to create a stronger barrier of defense. Combining these methods, along with removing sources of temptation that attract raccoons, can go a long way to help you to keep problems under control.  These natural options can also reduce or eliminate the need to use poisons or traps as well.  Try them for yourself, and see which methods work best for you.