Lorinne Anderson wrote:As many have discovered, trapping and relocating or killing the trapped raccoons does not solve the problem permanently - it only creates a void into which more raccoons move into. The most effective solution seems to be clearly determining what it is that is attracting them and either remove the the attractant (ie: garbage) or eliminate access to the attractant (ie: guardian dog, electric fencing, metal roofing for fencing, metal stove pipe around tree trunks...). My goal is to provide mutually satisfying solutions to wildlife conflicts.
Where specifically are they "wreaking havoc"?
Lorinne Anderson wrote:Most raccoon kits get the boot from Mum in January and have to go out and seek their own territory.
Lorinne Anderson wrote:Now, that prized lawn...I have bad news there and it is not the coons, in this instance the coons are actually helping, in the long run.... Those grubs devour the deep roots of the turf, eventually, as the infestation worsens, there will be no deep roots to regenerate from, and the lawn will die after a hard freeze or drought,. Initially this will be in patches where the grubs were the worst (people often identify this initial, and subsequent die off as proof the coon damaged the lawn, but it is the infestation of grubs that actually causes the die off), but as they move on, and spread throughout the lawn, the entire lawn will perish. I would highly suggest identifying the actual grubs, and looking to eliminate them. Here, it is most often with an application of nematodes, but the timing is critical as they are only effective at a certain point in the grubs life cycle, again, here, it is July, but I do not know if that is region specific or not. Generally these can be ordered through your local nursery (most take orders, do not actually stock them) and likely online.
Fred King wrote:My experience with peppermint oil was placing it in a small teracota pot to act as an air freshener. I hung the pot and left for about 2 hours. When I returned I found a bear crawling threw an open window. After chasing it away I went to do a chore. When I came back after another different bear was inside. 2 bears in one afternoon made even me think. I took the pot with the peppermint oil outside and the next day except for a few crumbs of clay it was gone. I am not sure about raccoos but if you have bears in your area I would be very careful about peppermint oil.
robert e morgan wrote:aggressivly trap and eat. oreo cookies are a very good bait. cook whatever method works for you and freeze any that is more than you want at the time.
sounds like a continous source of free range protein to me.
Lorinne Anderson wrote:PEPPERMINT OIL: this was an epic fail!