Raccoons are probably one of the most tenacious and clever suburban pests you may ever encounter. Those little critters are both agile and athletic—capable of climbing high places, doing impossible jumps, and running at breakneck speeds. They’re quite notorious for breaking into trash cans, garages, and even your kitchen!
These little animals are intelligent creatures and are not easily deterred by just shooing them away once or twice. Pest control companies in Mississauga can easily take care of the problem for you—but you can still try dealing with the critters yourself while waiting for the professionals to get to your property.
If a raccoon has taken a liking to your house and decided to terrorize you, you can take these steps to ward them off your property.
Use Rodent-Repellent Trash Bags
Understanding raccoon behaviour is the first step to getting rid of them. Raccoons are nocturnal creatures that like to scavenge food, especially at night. They also hate peppermint or anything with a strong, minty odour.
Armed with that knowledge, you can buy rodent-repellent trash bags. You can also spray a mixture of corn mint oil, methyl salicylate, and eucalyptus oil on them for added protection. Those aromatic additions on the trash bags give off a strong smell of mint that’s enough to keep them away.
Install Motion-Activated Sprinklers on Your Lawn
Motion-activated sprinklers are a great way to scare raccoons off your property. An unexpected blast of water can send the little critters scurrying away from your house. As mentioned above, shooing them won’t actually do anything to scare them off. In this effort, consistency is the key to getting rid of raccoons!
Every time they go back to your house, they’ll probably think twice because of the watery surprise you have waiting for them. Just make sure you put the sprinklers near your trash cans where they’re likely to be attracted. Adjust the settings so the sprinklers will turn on at night when the creatures are most active!
Test Out an Ultrasonic Pest Repeller
If you want to get rid of raccoons without harming them, you may want to invest in an ultrasonic pest repeller. These products emit prerecorded animal distress calls and predator hunting sounds that signal a threat to the raccoons. If you think that’s too much disturbance for you and your neighbours, you can also opt for a repeller that uses sound frequencies that only certain animals can hear.
Install the repeller near where your sneaky raiders tend to hang out. You may need to install multiple devices to make sure the sound covers your entire property.
Make Your Own Repellant Spray
Mint isn’t the only thing raccoons hate. They also despise anything spicy!
Since spice is made up of capsaicin oil, a natural form of repellant produced by plants, you can use it to make your own repellant spray. Buy a bottle of hot sauce or a can of powdered cayenne pepper and mix it with a gallon of water. Add a couple of drops of liquid detergent to make your spray stick to surfaces for longer!
Your spicy pepper spray is now ready for use. Be careful not to spill any of the liquid on your hands or your eyes—that’s bound to hurt you as much as it irritates those pests! Douse your trash cans and your disposal area to keep the nasty little buggers away. You don’t have to worry since the spice isn’t poisonous to them, but it can irritate them enough to keep them away.
Raccoons attacking the neighbourhood can become a serious problem if you just leave them be. Once they’re done rummaging through your rubbish, they might take a chance and invade your house. Before that happens, it’s best to take some necessary precautions to keep them from terrorizing your property. However, the best solution to get rid of them for good is to contact a pest control expert for help.
If you have a severe pest problem bugging your property, call the professionals from ICE Humane Wildlife Removal and Pest Control. We take pride in being one of the best wildlife removal and pest control companies in Mississauga, Georgetown, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and surrounding areas. Call us today and say goodbye to your unwanted guests once and for all!