I have a raccoon that has homesteaded under my back yard storage building.
I'm wondering if spraying under and around the building with ammonia might
send him on down the road.
Any one have a better idea short of shooting, I'm in a city so that is out
doesn't show himself except late night and other than the odor the only clue
what he is are his tracks. RM~
Can't describe it but it's a very definite animal den odor, just a musky
unpleasant smell. Go to a local zoo and you'll get a whiff
Not me! I'm chicken, they will take you on. Besides with my luck I'd
probably catch him. I have seen them when people have made pets out
of them. They get them as newborns though.
I did do an internet search this afternoon and found that another party
used ammonia in a bowl to discourage them so maybe my spraying it
Why on God's green earth don't you put some ammonia in a bowl then?
Spraying it, it's going to smell like ammonia for a few minutes until
the fine mist dissipates and what little got on things evaporates. A
large bucket or bowl of ammonia will hold the smell longer.
I also agree that he's there because you've got food. Get rid of the
food source, put out the stinky ammonia, and he will move on.
On Sep 16, 9:42 am, email@example.com wrote:
Just to add my .02:
The city where I live no longer lends humane traps. They say they
will not trap any "healthy animal". !!!!
So the raccoon that has taken over our lives used tocome in and mess
up the cat feeding station -- you know how THAT looks!
Got to the point where we have to block up the cat door every
night. So the cat comes in through my bedroom window, staining paint
on the outside and wrecking wallpaper on the inside. There was a
scare in town where a criminal was entering houses and terrorizing
older women. So I wrote to the police chief, asking him to instruct
Animal Control to trap the raccoon. What did His Nibs do? Sent my
appeal to Animal Control, which send me a fat package of useless
information that I already had!
Hanging a bag of mothballs outside over the cat door makes it
unnecessary to block up the cat door until the mothballs sublimate (is
that the right term), whereupon the invasion resumes. Meantime, the
very spoiled cat will not condescend to use the smelly cat door; just
keeps on using the window. I have installed window "blocks" so it
won't open more than a certain amount, which I hope is enough to deter
a would-be criminal.
Can't use poison for obvious reasons.
If I had a gun...
I have one but they are still loud so I just as well use the S&W 357,
but you still have to be able to see him to get a bead on him. So far the
only clue I have is smell and his tracks near the lake.
I'm pretty sure he has left as I haven't noticed the odor in two days now.
I think the ammonia was more than he could stand. RM~
Ammonia works well. For future reference, it's easier to hunt
nocturnal nuisances if you install motion detecting lights, and it's a
good home security addition to boot.
While I'm sure you can find a .22 pellet gun quieter than a standard .
22 firearm (and certainly quieter than a 357), I don't pretend to know
which one is the quietest. Subsonic ones probably have an advantage
As an old bow hunter, I can tell you that an animal rarely carries
around an arrow sticking out of it. If arrow does not penetrate
completely and pass through, it will either fall out or break off.
What ever op does, he should do surreptitiously as local regulations
vary all over the place. I've been trapping and releasing. Even
released a squirrel once in front of a county cop. Now I find regs say
you can trap but not release. You could trap a non game animal around
here and legally kill it but game animals are controlled by fish and
game people. Some laws make no sense.
Also forget poison - that's asking for trouble.
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