• There are six raccoon species native to North and South America.
• Raccoons are adaptable enough to thrive in rural, urban, and suburban environments.
• While most animals use either sight, sound, or smell to hunt, raccoons rely on their sense of touch to locate goodies.
Raccoons can’t resist trash, so you’ll need multiple strategies in this area. Secure non-locking trash can lids with bungee cords or cinder blocks. Use heavy-duty trash bags and double-bag waste meat items to help reduce the odor.
Like many animals, raccoons love yards with places to hide as they scurry along. Remove brush, keep grass mowed, and prune overgrown shrubs.
If raccoons are raiding your garden, try scaring them off with motion-detecting sprinklers or strobe lights. Radios and other noise-makers can also deter raccoons.
Gather any fallen fruit from trees, and don’t let overripe produce sit on the ground in vegetable gardens. If you toss food scraps in a compost bin, make sure it has a locking cover.