When the weather gets hot, lots of people gather at the mountains, rivers, lakes, or even their backyards to camp out. While outdoors, anywhere you may be, it’s important that you take precautions against wild animals.
This may mean moose, bears, raccoon’s, or other common dangerous animals. Of all these, raccoon’s tend to be the most troublesome. They are small and cute so people rarely fear them, yet large enough and intelligent to defend themselves if they’re agitated or frightened.
Raccoon’s are typically found near water sources like streams or lakes, or in wooded areas. That’s why it’s quite common to encounter them when you camp out. They are usually not harmful to people, but some are known to carry rabies.
The biggest problem with raccoon’s when camping is that they tend to invade food from campsites, as well as pretty shiny things like aluminum foil, aluminum cans, jewelry, car keys, and so on. Often, they may pick up items that they can choke on later or cut themselves.
In addition, cornered raccoon’s are known to seriously hurt or kill dogs, particularly their young ones. To protect yourself and your pets, make sure you take a few precautions to eliminate raccoon attractants. There are many ways on how to keep raccoon’s away. Here are the ways you can repel raccoon’s when you camp out next time.
Get rid of things that attract these pests such as food, food waste, and trash before you use a raccoon repellent. Ensure that your trash can has a snugly fitting lid to lessen the odors that attract raccoon’s. Then secure the lid using a bungee chord or small piece of rope for added protection. This is because raccoon’s are quite skillful with paws and can open simple lids. Get rid of all the food waste at your campsite. Put the good food in tightly-sealed bowls and keep them in the car.
Use commercial dog and cat repellents to repel raccoon’s. These home pest controls are commonly sold at many pet stores and also work as raccoon repellents. Sprinkle the repellent around the boundary of your campsite and create a raccoon barrier. Repeat this every two days.
You can use cayenne pepper to repel raccoon’s naturally. Raccoon’s have a sharp sense of smell and hate the scent produced by cayenne pepper. Sprinkle some cayenne pepper around the campsite perimeter. Repeat this process every two days after rains and while you camp.
You can also make a pepper-based raccoon repellent at home. Spray the homemade repellent around the campsite perimeter to keep raccoon’s away. Reapply the repellent every day.
Use a mechanical repellent. Most raccoon’s can be deterred by motion-activated mechanical repellents. When these repellents detect motion, they spray water to keep raccoon’s away from the immediate area. Just place the machine near the trash cans or any other spot at your campsite you think might draw raccoon’s.
Clean up all your personal items before going to sleep every evening. Cameras, jewelry, silverware, or anything that glitters or has metal on it can pull raccoon’s. Leave these items either in your tent or closed vehicle.
Use unscented toiletries. New scents have the ability to attract raccoon’s and other animals. Use mild toothpaste and unscented deodorant. Put the toiletries in a tightly-sealed container when you’re through with them. Do not wash at or near your campsite. Remember, any spilled toothpaste might attract raccoon’s.
You can also scare away raccoon’s with loud noses and clapping. However, don’t try to touch them.
One last word of caution is that raccoon’s can carry rabies. When they become rabid they’re more aggressive and might be dangerous if one happens to bite you. Never go near a raccoon, if one looks sick. Call on the park owner or ranger and let them deal with the issue.
All in all, camping is an entertaining and relaxing hobby. However, your camping trip can be ruined by an encounter with a raccoon. Raccoon’s or other wildlife are attracted by humans and can smell perfumes, toiletries, food, and other items at your campground.
To avoid a disastrous camping trip, you should prepare yourself properly for the trip and take precautions. By learning how to deter raccoon’s from your campsite, you’ll reduce the possibility of raccoon’s ruining your evening.