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    I just found one sleeping in my workshop this morning. I've had the shop for 10 years, never saw a raccoon till last year. Since then I've trapped 5 raccoons that have broken in. They all get in the same way, ripping off a piece of aluminum soffit in exactly the same spot. I can't see how so many are choosing the exact same entry point. It's cost me $3k to repair the mess they made so far, and I'm guessing another $500 this week.

    I have been relocating them 8km away, does anyone know if they are able to return from that far?
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    Re: Racoons

    Quote Originally Posted by Wingboy View Post
    Critter Ridder isn't the answer.The answer is to get rid of the grubs that they are looking for.I spray spring and fall with nematodes and haven't had a problem since my lawns were turned upside down yrs ago.
    Agreed. Nematodes are on my to-do list now that temps are getting to a more consistently warm level. Otherwise they are not as effective.

    I took a look at the critter ridder only as a short term solution while I was at Cdn Tire picking up some more ant traps.


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    Re: Racoons

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Mike View Post
    I just found one sleeping in my workshop this morning. I've had the shop for 10 years, never saw a raccoon till last year. Since then I've trapped 5 raccoons that have broken in. They all get in the same way, ripping off a piece of aluminum soffit in exactly the same spot. I can't see how so many are choosing the exact same entry point. It's cost me $3k to repair the mess they made so far, and I'm guessing another $500 this week.

    I have been relocating them 8km away, does anyone know if they are able to return from that far?
    Maybe they are following a distinct scent to that same entry point.

    Either that or someone is trapping that very same raccoon and relocating it 8km away....


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    Re: Racoons

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Mike View Post
    I just found one sleeping in my workshop this morning. I've had the shop for 10 years, never saw a raccoon till last year. Since then I've trapped 5 raccoons that have broken in. They all get in the same way, ripping off a piece of aluminum soffit in exactly the same spot. I can't see how so many are choosing the exact same entry point. It's cost me $3k to repair the mess they made so far, and I'm guessing another $500 this week.

    I have been relocating them 8km away, does anyone know if they are able to return from that far?
    This might help out a bit

    http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/citywildlife

    also if you leave lights on in the workshop, and a radio on, this will usually deter them from staying there as they usually like peace and quiet.....

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    Re: Racoons

    My toll so far is a few squirrels, a 3' snake and a 3' weasel like creature that made a terrible popping sound when I ran over it at 100 km/h. I never brake or swerve for small animals as this just increases the risk of a crash.

    For larger animals, and this could include a larger sized raccoon, try to avoid or brake hard, but release the brake and accelerate just before you hit them.

    We had so many close calls with deer on the way to and from the cottage after dark that we have stopped traveling at night, just not worth the risk.
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    I've tried everything. I have a barking coyote tape that plays loud non stop..., strobe light, mothballs, cayenne, raccoon strips - they seem to take everything in stride. The part that's troubling me is they keep returning to exactly the same entry point. Never had this problem before, not as soon as one leaves, another moves in.
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    Re: Racoons

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Mike View Post
    I've tried everything. I have a barking coyote tape that plays loud non stop..., strobe light, mothballs, cayenne, raccoon strips - they seem to take everything in stride. The part that's troubling me is they keep returning to exactly the same entry point. Never had this problem before, not as soon as one leaves, another moves in.
    Can you reinforce that entry point? Is it the same raccoon?

    If you startle a raccoon and it falls 10' it can die (don't ask my wife how I know, she's still upset about it). Maybe put a crappy alarm just inside the hole to scare it (or spray it with water to annoy it or a tripwire bb gun but that may get you in trouble with the law if they find out).

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    Re: Racoons

    If you're relocating a raccoon 8 km away then I'm 99% certain it will never find its way back to you. I had the same type of issue with red and grey squirrels in our backyard. Live trapped them and drove out 5km to the sticks and let them go there. Major hassle is that you probably have 4 - 6 raccoons in a family and you have to trap and relocate all of them. Maybe use that orange line marking paint and spray a dot on their back before you release them to see if they come back. If so, drop them off further away.

    http://www.raccoonatticguide.com/relocating.html
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