Ineffective StrategiesYou may have read about many strategies for scaring away raccoons online. While some of these methods may help at first, they aren't effective long-term because raccoons are intelligent, adaptable creatures. Some common ineffective methods include:
- Loud noises: Raccoons often spend enough time near humans that they are accustomed to the noise. The only way to scare raccoons away with noise is to increase the volume drastically, which will interfere with the lives of you and your family. You must constantly increase the volume for noise to continue being an effective deterrent.
- Traps: Trapping is a common way to get raccoons away from your property, but it's an inhumane solution. You could take a mother raccoon away from her babies and cause the kits to die accidentally, and you could trap other animals by mistake.
- Light: Raccoons are nocturnal, so it seems to make sense to install lights around your property. If you keep your property bright at all times, you may think that you're creating an unappealing environment for raccoons. Not only is this solution expensive, but it also doesn't work. Lights may give raccoons a scare at first, but the creatures are adept at sticking to the shadows to avoid being seen. Their desire to retrieve food from easy sources often outweighs their desire to stay hidden, so they are more likely to brave the light for food once they have assessed the situation.
- Repellents: There are many chemicals and substances such as mothballs that supposedly deter raccoons. There is no proof that any of these methods work, and they can be harmful to your health.