Raccoons may be adorable, but they’re also destructive and intrusive when they enter into human domains. In fact, they’re a major pest problem in Denver and other states.
Nocturnal by nature, these clever creatures frequently raid garbage cans, gardens, and even pet food. Once they’re successful in finding food, they often return for more.
Even though raccoon traps and home pest control products are effective, homemade raccoon repellents sprayed on and around your house can be as useful in keeping these little critters away.
To make your own homemade raccoon repellent, take these steps:
Follow the Recipes
- Pepper Spray
To make your own pepper spray, mix a small bottle of hot sauce or a can of cayenne pepper with a gallon of water that has a teaspoon of mild dishwashing detergent added to it.
The soap helps the pepper water adhere to the plants and the other items you spray it on.
Once you’ve mixed the ingredients together, spray the mixture on plants and trees, around and on garbage cans, and other areas you want the raccoons to stay away from.
To make sure the creatures will keep their distance, reapply the pepper spray after a rain or watering.
- Hot Pepper Repellent
To make your own hot pepper repellent, boil one tablespoon of cayenne pepper with one chopped Jalapeno pepper, one chopped yellow onion and two quarts water for 20 minutes. Once the mixture cools down, strain it through cheesecloth and spray it around your house.
The hot pepper repellent is effective, but you must reapply it every three to five days.
Discourage the Pests
Raccoons enter human domains to look for food or nesting places. As such, make sure to secure the lids on garbage cans tightly, remove pet food and other food sources, secure pet doors and other inside home access, and trim tree branches away from roofs and chimneys.
In most cases, you’ll encounter baby raccoons. Under no circumstance should you remove the mother, as it causes further damage and destruction. Call professional pest control services instead to deal with the problem.