We have a whole family on a large canopy over our indoor/outdoor school
area many nights. I am afraid they may damage the $7000 canopy- or who
I see odor repellants and sonic repellants advertised. Anybody know if
they work - or of anything that does work?
I have had a few confrontation with coons myself. Firstly, secure your
garbage and encourage your neighbors to do so. It is usually the
source of the problem. To further discourage them, I like to use a
garden hose with a spray end. Use it like a water cannon and blast
them with it. They will be unlikely to return. I have also tried live
traps but only caught the neighborhood cats.
I have been battling raccoons who raid my cat and dog food in the
middle of the night.
One night I caught one trying to drag a big plastic bag of bagels
through the cat door and chased him around the house with a broom.
He had broken a messy leftover plate I hadn't put in the dishwasher,
and dumped my kitchen garbage pail, and washed their hands in the
After chasing them around with a broom, and they still came back,
I got ready with a big stick and a spray bottle of ammonia -- and
they sent in a baby that is still sleeping in my laundry room. It
looked up at me with those big eyes, and I felt guilty and put down
I've locked up all available food, and decided that is the best
approach. I had to wire shut a cabinet (they ate a store-bought pie
crust and such), and put a child lock on the refrigerator and get a
tight lid for the garbage can, and moved the dog and cat food and
water to my bedroom. The dog is too old (13, deaf, blind in one eye)
to go after them, and the cats want no part of it, either.
The raccoons still found something, there was a chewed-open box on
the steps to the basement, but they are getting desperate, scraping
the bottom of the barrel.
The best way is to buy a Ruger 10-22 rifle. or You can spray ammonia
around the area. Ammonia is cheap, a gallon costs less that $3.00 at
WalMart. It works well for almost all these types of critters including
bears. I put my garbage out at night in a plastic bag (and I live in
the woods) spray it with ammonia and I never had the bag ripped open in
in 10 years. My neighbors have their garbage attacked on a weekly
basis. Another hint is to install an electric fence.
How about this $200 door that your pet carries the key to;
[I've always wondered about pet doors and stray critters, but this is
actually the first time I've heard of anyone having trouble with one.]
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