How to prevent raccoons from eating my garden fruits and vegetables

Asked July 8, 2020, 7:38 PM EDT

We live on the county line between Multnomah and Washington Counties, halfway between Raleigh Hills & Garden home. The past two years we have been "visited" by Raccoons, waiting until our fruits are ripe to totally strip our grapes and later our pears! So far our 5 plum trees and 4 fig trees have been safe...but now we've planted a sizable vegetable gardena too, ( squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, potatoes to see us through the pandemic....and contribute to the Food Bank.HOW CAN WE PROTECT OUR PRODUCE FROM THE RACCOONS? They recently visited our garden and wrung the neck a visiting duck. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Would motion censor triggered lights be at all helpful...or ANY SUGGESTIONS would be appreciated!

Washington County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. This actually is a problem better addressed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). I suggest you review the following article and contact them through the phone numbers listed on page 8: https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/ec1579.pdf I hope they can help you. Good luck!