How to Keep Raccoons Off Your Deck

Raccoons are real pests. These wild animals have adapted to suburban areas by claiming garbage cans and homes as sources of food and refuge. They can be vicious, carry diseases and leave behind a real mess--their feces. Several techniques exist to get rid of them.

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Step 1

Check with your local ordinances to see if trapping is legal where you live. If it is, place a trap on your deck with bait in the back of the trap to lure the raccoons. Traps made specifically for raccoons are sold on many websites.

Step 2

Relocate the raccoons in a safe remote area at least 10 miles from any houses. You may want to call a professional to relocate the animal for you.

Step 3

Apply raccoon repellent on and around your deck. The odor of the repellent will keep raccoons away from your deck. Buy raccoon repellents online or stores that sell bird supplies.

Step 4

Hang ammonia-soaked rags around your deck. The foul smell is offensive to raccoons.

Step 5

Install motion-activated lights that overlook your deck. Since raccoons are nocturnal animals, the light will scare them away. Very bright lights work best.

Step 6

Place a radio on your deck and set it to a talk radio station. Raccoons will avoid humans, and the talking sound will keep them off your deck.