How to Get Rid of Raccoons That Chew on the Porch


Raccoons are fast learners. Animal repellants sometimes don't work simply because the raccoons realize that the motion-sensitive sprinkler or ultrasonic device is not a threat and ignore it. On the plus side, they also learn quickly when there is no food to be had somewhere or when something tastes revolting. If raccoons are making a nuisance of themselves chewing your porch, try a combination of tactics to make them stop chewing and go somewhere else.

Things You'll Need

  • Garbage cans with clamps
  • Heavy rocks
  • Knife
  • Onion
  • Jalapeno pepper
  • Cayenne paper
  • Pan
  • Sieve
  • Spray bottle
  • Secure your garbage against raccoons. Replace old cans with new cans with clamps or place heavy rocks on garbage can lids.

  • Stop feeding pets outside and wild birds near your porch. Food simply encourages raccoons to hang around, and perhaps chew your porch.

  • Chop up an onion and a jalapeno pepper. Simmer in 3 to 4 pints of water with a tablespoon of cayenne pepper for about half an hour. Leave to cool.

  • Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a spray bottle.

  • Spray the mixture everywhere on your porch where the raccoons have been chewing. This is a foul-tasting but harmless spray that most animals cannot tolerate. Repeat daily until the raccoons stop.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sprays to stop dogs chewing or cat and dog repellants may also work on raccoons. These products are available from any pet store.

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