I've got some sort of critter feasting on my trash can scraps. Can ends up on
its side with the trash scattered. 6 or 7 times in the last 2 weeks. Last night
I put a patio block on top. Buffet time again. Clearly a meat eater by the
conspicuous separating of bone from the rest of the trash. Sometimes 5-20 feet
down the sidewalk. I guess that could be byproduct munching by other creatures.
I would like to trap it but I would be afraid of nabbing a skunk. I live in a
heavily populated portion of Northern New Jersey. I was going to try poison
(anti freeze) but what if its a cat? Any ideas?
It's probably a raccoon and they're smarter than most people. They
frequently work in pairs. We have a garbage can that is buried. One
raccoon holds down the foot pedal to lift the cover, the other goes down
in the can and hands out the garbage.
It's inexpensive entertainment.
There are commercial critter repellents available from
http://www.havahart.com/ but I've had good luck with homemade pepper
spray. A bottle of Tabasco in a spray bottle filled with water. Shake
well and spray on the trash inside the can. The scent is so powerful
that sometimes they will get a whiff before they even tip over the can
and go elsewhere. Try not to spray the outside of the can as you don't
want this stuff on your hands when you handle the can. Plan B is a mix
of red pepper and water but it will clog a spray bottle immediately so
mix it in a jar and pour/sprinkle it on.
WASH YOUR HANDS!! immediately after using this stuff.
Does the can have handles? If yes, assemble a piece of chain that reaches
from one handle to the other, with a latch at one end. Boat supply stores
have hardware that's made to be difficult to open, lest it open by accident
at the end of an important rope.
I'd like to do the same to about a half dozen neighborhood dogs, and
frankly, the local dog catcher guy probably wouldn't mind my help. But, with
houses 25-75 ft apart, using my model 25-2 would probably cause a bit of a
ruckus. Bass season opens Saturday. I'd rather not spend it in jail. :-)
Most probably a raccoon. What you need primarily is a trash can that has
a lid that locks down, and better yet one of those large Rubbermaid
outdoor trashcan closets (you can open the top to throw stuff away, and
the front to roll the can out to the street). Friends of mine in the
Chicago suburbs near a forest preserve use that (as do most of their
neighbors) and it works very well.
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