Blog: Here's how to keep raccoons away

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Are you looking for a guaranteed way to get rid of raccoons? Raccoons are pretty smart creatures. Sometimes a personal face-off is often a quick solution that scares raccoons (a single encounter will not discourage a raccoon forever) but there are pros and cons. More than likely the raccoon will usually disappear, on the other hand, a scared raccoon can turn into an aggressive raccoon and attack you. Just like other nocturnal creatures, raccoons like the dark so floodlights and noises (a radio tuned to an all-night talk station) may be useful in scaring raccoons.

An effective and less invasive option is an electric fence: install a wire 6 inches above the ground, with a second cable a bit higher. Once a raccoon touches the wires, he will get a mild shock and cease to return to the same location as they will never get accustomed to an electric fence.

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Once installed, this system is always useful for keeping raccoons out. And then there are repellents, a wide range from coyote urine and homemade repellent solutions to moth balls, predator lights and electronic repellents, although I have found limited success with all of them.

Go Green Pest Control owner Randy Bilesky is a long-time South Delta resident. Trained and certified, Bilesky has first-hand knowledge of the pest problems that local homeowners and business owners encounter.

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