Preventing Raccoons From Raiding Bird Feeders

Procyon lotor The American Raccoon

What Doesn't Work

1. Ultrasonics

2. Motion Lights. Urbanized (this includes suburbia) are not afraid of lights. If they were they would starve. They will quickly habituate.

 

What Probably Won't Work

1. Repellents

2. Relocation

 

What Will Most Likely Work (For squirrel problems click squirrels)

1. Remove the Feeders. It may sound strange But sometimes you can simply remove the feeder for a week and the raccoons stop coming. However, we need to warn you. If raccoons have become habituated to the food at your property, don't be surprised if they start coming to your door or break into your property looking for more food. Make sure your home is secure. You can also slowly reduce the amount of available food. So that they can feed less and less each time they arrive. Sort of wean them off.

2. Put your feeders on thin cast iron poles (no greater than 1/2 inch thick) this type of pole would be very difficult for the raccoons to climb. Make sure the pole is secured to the ground as the raccoon might tip it over.

3. Hang the feeder on a wire between two trees. This will be very effective. Problem is that squirrels can walk the wire unless it is modified.

4. Lethal control. If legal in your state, trapping down the population can be very effective. To learn how click Wildlife Removal Handbook rev. ed.

5. For tall wooden poles, you can use porcupine wire to prevent climbing raccoons. Click porcupine wire.

 

 

5/26/03

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