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How to Get Rid of Raccoons

Is your garbage scattered over the lawn in the morning? Follow these simple steps to get rid of raccoons.


  • Step 1: Remove food or water source Rid your yard of any food or water source, including a running hose, bird feeders, fruits, and berries.
  • Step 2: Double-bag your garbage Double-bag your garbage to eliminate food odors.
  • TIP: For added protection, pour ammonia on top of the garbage bags.
  • Step 3: Place trash in metal garbage cans Place your trash in metal garbage cans and secure the lid tightly.
  • TIP: Place a heavy rock or weight on top of the lid.
  • Step 4: Scare the raccoons Play a radio and install bright lights in the garbage can area.
  • Step 5: Call animal control Call your local animal control for help if you have a stubborn raccoon that won't go away.
  • FACT: Did you know? Raccoons walk and run with a hunched appearance because their hind legs are longer than their front legs.

You Will Need

  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Metal garbage cans with tight-fitting lids
  • A radio
  • Bright lights
  • Ammonia
  • A heavy rock or weight

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