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So, you are outside in your yard when all of a sudden you notice that there is a raccoon that is making his or her way toward your home. You are standing out there kind of taken aback about the scene that is unfolding before you. What do you do as this raccoon is making its way toward your home?
Clearly, you don’t want this animal anywhere near your house. Raccoons are very messy animals, and they also carry a large number of diseases that could be potentially hazardous to your pets, your family, and even to yourself. So what do you do? You want to know how to scare a raccoon away and so here are some tips for you.
First of all, safety needs to be your first priority. Because these animals can be quite dangerous, even if you come in contact with their feces, it is to your advantage to make sure that you are taking every step necessary to protect your health.
What you should do before attempting to scare away the raccoon is to put on clothing to cover all the exposed portions of your skin. You should also put on boots, gloves, a surgical mask, and goggles if you can, so that you protect yourself from any potential contact with the raccoon. The last thing you want is to get sick from something you contract from this animal.
Your next step is to get something that allows you to direct the raccoon away from your property. You want to scare it, but to do so you’re going to have to use something a little intimidating to get it to leave.
One of the best options that many people like to employ is to spray the raccoon with your garden hose. If you have one of those attachments that screws into the hose and puts out a forceful spray of water, this can be a great way to scare off the raccoon. It will not like that option at all and will run away quickly.
If you are in a situation where you cannot don clothing to protect yourself before confronting the raccoon, then this is the option you want to employ right away. This will most assuredly scare off your raccoon and no further action is needed.
However, if this is a persistent raccoon that is not going away easily then your next action is to use a long stick like a broom handle and try to scare off the beast by pushing at it. If you decide to use this technique than a good idea is to carry something with you that you can use as a shield to protect yourself. Something like a garbage can lid. You may look like some kind of modern day, low-budget gladiator, but this is a great way to try to scare off the raccoon and to protect yourself.
Some have also had successful results by throwing an object at the raccoon like a ball. If you have several baseballs this can be successful.
For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
How much does raccoon removal cost?
- get the lowdown on prices.
How to get rid of raccoons
- my main raccoon removal info guide.
Example raccoon trapping photographs
- get do-it-yourself ideas.
Raccoon job blog
- learn from great examples of raccoon jobs I've done.