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They may be tiny, but you should never underestimate the strength of a raccoon. Your best bet is to outsmart, outlast and outplay.

Raccoon problems? Keep them away with this handy hack


Nathan Coleman
Reporter

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 10:54 AM - One man’s trash is every raccoon's treasure and if you forgot it was garbage day, they sure didn’t.

If garbage lids were rubiks cubes, you can call the average raccoon Feliks Zemdegs.

They may be tiny, but you should never underestimate the strength of a raccoon. Your best bet is to outsmart, outlast and outplay.

Toronto’s Wildlife Centre suggests freezing your organic waste to reduce the smell, which was not a problem this winter (REALLY not a problem). 

But putting garbage in the fridge is almost like admitting defeat. What about trapping them and sending them off? Hope Swinimer of Hope for Wildlife in Hope in Nova Scotia doesn't think that's a good idea.

"By moving raccoons into other raccoons' territories, it’s often a death sentence for that animal anyway, plus you may be inadvertently spreading disease," she says.

OK, that’s a little harsh. Look at those cute little eyes. Maybe they’ll stop thinking about garbage if you introduce them to Facebook?

Nope. Too smart for that. It’s time for a hack.

This one’s simple. All you need is dish detergent, castor oil and water. Mix in equal parts and spray in problem areas.

If that doesn’t work – A good dose of cayenne pepper should do the trick.

Still coming back? Raccoons look for dark, quiet places to raise their young. Turn on a bright light (strobes work) and some music. Mama raccoon will be outta there in no time. And so may your neighbours.

If that doesn’t work, maybe scare them?

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