Raccoon repellents

Asked May 1, 2020, 2:19 PM EDT

Favorite tips and strategies wanted for keeping raccoons from ravaging my newly planted garden beds, please. I've hung noisy tin can scarers, and loosely covered the beds with chicken wire laid flat; neither approach works with any reliability. They reach under the wire, ignore the noisy tin cans. Do you recommend pepper spray and what effect does it have on earthworms?

Josephine County Oregon

1 Response

Hi, I have not seen any research to support pepper spray as being effective in managing raccoons. Here are two websites with information on how to manage raccoons: http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74116.html

https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/icwdmhandbook/40/

Thanks,