Well, it has come to this. Another post about raccoons. It’s been a story of denial, pursuit of the beast(s), agonizing sleepless nights, newborn flashback reminders, and at the end of the journey…peace, gratitude for non-stomping animals, end of shrieking sounds, and no more raccoon hooligan nightly (and surprisingly daily) actions.
Honestly, I really thought my lack of a dishwasher for a month experience would do me in. Well…..let’s just say, things were put into a real perspective when Ms. Raccoon came around. At least, my non-working dishwasher didn’t affect my sleep….just my daily activities.
So, What Did You Use To Make The Raccoons Decide To Move On?
Well, as you know, I hired Rodent Man Person to remove the raccoons, which ultimately, didn’t end up happening due to the babies in the crawl space that no human can reach (of course). Roland might be the only Pest Control person whom I will ever come across who has the biggest heart for urban rodent creatures. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m with him on that, to a minimal degree. I wished no harm to these night varmint animals. I just wished and PRAYED and PRAYED and PRAYED for their little raccoon family to get tired of my “hospitality”.
Here Are The Products I Used To Attempt Their Departure:
1. Old Baby Monitor– I put this out on my deck (sorry for the dirtiness! One of these days, I’ll do some power washing) We faced it toward the hole to see if we could see any raccoons leave. Reminder, the main thing we were waiting on was the babies getting old enough to venture out of the hole. We couldn’t see very well in the night, but we would see little eyes glowing at times, so it was better than nothing. I really wanted to get a night vision webcam (and honestly, probably would have bought one if it had lasted another week).
2. Leg Up Coyote Urine– Wow. All I can say is “WOW”! Wow, to the fact that I even walked into a store and asked “Do you sell predator urine?” and Wow, to the fact that it smelled insanely terrible. I had my husband handle the little bottle of urine and put it in the attic. I was hopeful the smell would alert them that a coyote was up there, but I think they’re a little smarter than that. In fact, from what I gathered, they weren’t fazed one bit. Since then, I made (I mean “asked”) my husband to smear some of the urine on the chew marks where the squirrels are still trying to chew into my house. I really hope it sparks some fear into them!
3. Radio– I didn’t have an extra one around the house. I stopped by a Goodwill Store that was having a 50% off day. I purchased a cd radio clock for $1.50. HA! My intent was to disrupt the raccoons sleep during the day with talk radio blaring in the attic. Well, I think those raccoons liked it. The complete opposite of what I was going for! I noticed the nights where we kept the radio on, it made the babies extra rowdy. So, that ended pretty quick.
4. Toddler Soccer Balls– Here’s what actually did the trick! Someday, I might write a post about my one season of being a toddler soccer parent, but this is not that time. Spoiler Alert- it did not go well! Anyways, we at least got two very cute soccer balls out of the experience. I finally resorted to literally taking one of these balls and continuously hitting my master bathroom ceiling over and over and over again. Remember, the raccoons kindly made their nest right above my master bathtub. So, I just kept repeating and repeating throughout the day. Sure enough, that night, Mama Raccoon decided it was FINALLY time to teach her babies to get out of the hole. They actually didn’t succeed that night, but they did the next day.
For Your Viewing Pleasure….Finally, The Culprits Are Out!
TURN UP YOUR VOLUME! Listen To Why I Was Going Nuts….What Newborn Raccoons Sound Like In The Day And Night!
So, What Now?
I’m happy to report our household has been raccoon-free for six nights now. Rodent Man Person is coming tomorrow to patch up the hole. After my thorough research on this subject I never wish to encounter again, apparently, Ms. Raccoon will attempt to return to our house next year to birth another litter (in the same nest area). All I can say about that is “Over My Dead Body”! Ok, well, that may be a little extreme, but I may try to put a strobe light out on the roof next spring to scare away any repeat guests!
If you’re still reading this far, thank you for putting up with my raccoon rantings. If you can’t vent about your raccoon infestation on your blog, what’s the point of having one, right? 🙂
Until next time…Have a good week!
P.S. That’s Rocco the Raccoon in the picture at the top. He’s been in our house for about a year now. I can’t look at him the same. I’m trying not to generalize because I’m sure not all raccoons are the same and each is individually unique in its own way, but Rocco is going to need to “hide” for a little bit, while I calm down over this whole ordeal!
Purchase Location: Monitor at Amazon, Coyote Urine at local feed/nursery store (I didn’t think about looking on Amazon for urine. It is cheaper there!), Radio at Goodwill Store, Soccer balls at Amazon
Additional Product Links:
I can’t help but link to these additional styles of soccer balls….dinosaurs, butterflies, rockets! They’re adorable!
Night Vision Web Cam– In case you need one…you never know! 🙂
If you’d like to read the entire “What Wildlife Is In My Attic? Series”, here are all the posts in order. (unfortunately, there are way too many!)
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