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Why ammonia won’t keep raccoons away

Raccoons are sneaky, sneaky critters. Hidden by darkness. During the night they look for food. Moving around between dens. If this is happening on your property it can become a nuisance. Maybe they’re in your attic or ripping up your lawn. The first things we research are home raccoon prevention and removal remedies. There are plenty of theories online. But, not all are guaranteed successful.

Raccoon latrines inside attics can cause odour problems for homeowners.

Raccoon latrines inside attics can cause odour problems for homeowners.

Theories why ammonia works
When searching for raccoon repellents there are a variety of options. One that commonly appears is ammonia. It can be used by dousing it around directly or soaking rags. By strategically placing the powerful scented chemical around raccoon hotspots, the hope is that you will deter them from getting into your garbage or attic.

Raccoons usually don’t pee in their main bedding area, though they are happy to do so elsewhere inside an attic. Ammonia is one of the chemicals found in urine. The smell of ammonia is said to trick raccoons into thinking the area is soiled. Then, they will move on thinking the den or food source is ruined.

Ammonia is a very short-term solution
But, these animals are too smart. In many cases they’ll find a way to avoid the smell. Either moving the ammonia soaked rags away from the food source or den site orr waiting until it’s dried and the offensive odours dissipates. Placing ammonia in or around garbage will only deter raccoons for a short amount of time.

Ammonia soaked rags in your attic will do very little to prevent raccoons from denning there. Generally, your attic is big enough for the raccoons to settle in a corner furthest from the smell. Don’t forget the smell will decrease. It’ll dry up and you still have raccoons in your home. To have the appropriate amount and consistency to keep raccoons away you would have to use so much ammonia that your house would be contaminated. The chemical poses significant health concerns to humans as well.

A gable vent torn open by raccoons.

A gable vent torn open by raccoons.

Alternate raccoon prevention strategies

  • Seal entry points.
  • Use surprising light and sound.
  • Keep your yard clean.
  • Remove food sources.
  • Call a professional.
A raccoon living in an attic.

A raccoon living in an attic.

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Raccoons can be a problem. They’ll make dens in your home. Destroy your lawn digging for grubs. Make a mess of garbage.

If you discover any evidence of a raccoon infestation contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. We’ve been removing raccoons from roofs, attics and garages since 1989 using humane techniques that are safe, effective and guaranteed. We can also clean and repair raccoon damage.

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