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Old 05-10-2020, 08:50 PM   #1
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Raccoon Climb Prevention


I need some recommendations on preventing raccoons from climbing outside corners, gutters and the electrical service.

I was thinking about making some spike strips with 15 ga stainless nails and thin strips of 1x, then tacking them to the edges of the corner trim.

Another idea is to bend some sheet metal around the corners for a few feet up, but that would look kind of silly.

Got any other ideas? Thanks.
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Old 05-10-2020, 09:07 PM   #2
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I need some recommendations on preventing raccoons from climbing outside corners, gutters and the electrical service.

I was thinking about making some spike strips with 15 ga stainless nails and thin strips of 1x, then tacking them to the edges of the corner trim.

Another idea is to bend some sheet metal around the corners for a few feet up, but that would look kind of silly.

Got any other ideas? Thanks.
Your best bet is to trap and relocate or exterminate them. I wish I could be of more help. I tried controlling them once.

I gave up and began trapping them. I found dog food would get them in a trap easily. When that stopped working I used shells from boiled peanuts. Just donít corner them, mean and angry is an understatement.

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Your best bet is to trap and relocate or exterminate them. I wish I could be of more help. I tried controlling them once.

I gave up and began trapping them. I found dog food would get them in a trap easily. When that stopped working I used shells from boiled peanuts. Just donít corner them, mean and angry is an understatement.
I'll be trapping, as well. But the neighborhood is full of them.
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In my experience, coons tend to hang around not just for shelter, but because something is "baiting" them. IOW, food sources. Not much you can do effectively if the HO's or neighbors are providing that. Just a thought...
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In my experience, coons tend to hang around not just for shelter, but because something is "baiting" them. IOW, food sources. Not much you can do effectively if the HO's or neighbors are providing that. Just a thought...
It's a lost cause in that regard. We've got neighbors doing all sorts of things, or just tolerating them, and we're about 40 yards from the main drag, which includes Popeye's, Taco Bell, 7-11, and Wendy's.

I've got a raccoon damage roof repair job later this week just two blocks away (not near the fast food), and they got under their solar panels. Now we await the solar guys to come and uninstall a couple panels for access.
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might be easier to manipulate the tides...
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might be easier to manipulate the tides...
Just have to keep them off one house, for starters. I'm going with the homemade spike strips.

Last year I found a litter in the next door neighbor's screened in porch. Those were "relocated" permanently.
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Carpet tack strip nailed down along the edge of anything you don't want the little phuckers to access. I did it along the top edge of my garden fence.

Slap a thin coat of silicone on the back of each strip and stick it down.






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They can figure out how to open garbage cans, you don't think they'll figure out how to get over tack strips?

That's like trying to stop a woman from shopping when they see something they want... they WILL find a way...
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They can figure out how to open garbage cans, you don't think they'll figure out how to get over tack strips?

That's like trying to stop a woman from shopping when they see something they want... they WILL find a way...
I'm up for the challenge. They should have a hard time without handholds. Removing tack strip with their teeth doesn't sound like fun, and there's no food on the roof. They can go elsewhere.
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FWIW, they'll crawl up an outside wall under vinyl siding and then into the attic.

Amazingly string, they'll use their head like a wedge to pop things loose.

Wildlife laws up here is you can't transport them off the property. HO has to catch and kill, or a licensed ADC person can catch and relocate or kill.
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Don't know situation, but a motion detected spotlight shining directly into their eyes should do the trick.
I recently put a strobe light my attic to stop the squirrels. It's sold as a disco light, but 1/2 of reviews are from people buying them to get rid of squirrels! From the reviews, they work well.
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FWIW, they'll crawl up an outside wall under vinyl siding and then into the attic.

Amazingly string, they'll use their head like a wedge to pop things loose.

Wildlife laws up here is you can't transport them off the property. HO has to catch and kill, or a licensed ADC person can catch and relocate or kill.
Yes they do... Got me on two points in the soffit on opposite sides of a rental house...

They are creative and tenacious little suckers...

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