Do Raccoon Repellents Work?

Do Raccoon Repellents Work?

In this post, we talk about raccoon repellents and whether they really work. There are sprays, powders, and other products.

But do they work?

When you have a raccoon in the attic or under your shed, of course, you want to get rid of it. Especially before it may have babies and raise them in your space.

An easy solution seems to be to go to the local hardware store and buy some raccoon repellent. You spray or sprinkle it around the area where they live and POOF, they’re gone!

Is it really that easy?

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Do Raccoon Repellents Work?

The short answer: Sometimes, maybe, but usually not. You can try them if you want, but most people find them to be a waste of time and money. We do not recommend them.

The problem is that a raccoon will rarely leave somewhere just because of an odor.

Raccoon behavior FAQA raccoon won’t leave an area just because of some scent. They are very tolerant to smells.

After all, they are highly adaptable wild animals who love to eat garbage right out of the can!

Raccoons will not be easily deterred from food, dens and what they consider to be their territory.

Related: Raccoon Behavior FAQ


Do Mothballs Repel Raccoons?

Mothballs are usually not an effective raccoon repellent. They may sometimes convince a raccoon to look elsewhere for a nest, but for the most part, they are ineffective. 

Raccoons and RabiesMothballs are considered to be pesticides and are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency.

They contain either naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene, which are toxic substances to humans and pets.

Mothballs will slowly turn from solid to toxic vapor over time. When you smell a mothball odor, you are actually inhaling the insecticide. Long time exposure can cause health issues.

Mothballs should be used only as directed on the box. Repelling animals is not proper usage of the product according to the manufacturers themselves. Using mothballs outdoors can contaminate soil, plants, and water.

Mothballs may be toxic but they are highly unlikely to be eaten by a raccoon. They could possibly be eaten by a dog or a small child, which can be poisonous. If this happens, you should call poison control or your veterinarian right away.


Do Raccoon Repellent Sprays and Crystals Work?

Raccoon repellent sprays and crystals are usually not effective to keep raccoons away. They contain chemicals that are not proven to scare raccoons away.

Raccoon Most of the repellents you can buy from places like Walmart, Home Depot and online have naphthalene and paradichlorobenzene as their active ingredients.

They are basically mothballs but with a lower concentration of the toxic chemicals. They are still toxic and bad for humans, pets and the environment.

Most of these repellents will be ineffective deterrents to a raccoon that is searching for food or safe shelter. If the choice is between food and warmth, or irritating odors or sounds, a raccoon can put up with a lot in order to survive.


Do Sound Machines Repel Raccoons?

High pitch sound machines are sometimes recommended for deterring raccoons. Like many of these other methods, they sometimes work but are usually ineffective. 

raccoons carrying disease into your homeAnother sound that people may try is using a loud radio to try and irritate raccoons into leaving.

If your raccoon is already settled into a safe spot, they will probably not be deterred by sound or noise, unless it is so irritating that it may also annoy you.


Do Hot Pepper Sprays Repel Raccoons?

Some people have had some luck using pepper sprays, whether store-bought or homemade, to repel raccoons. They may sometimes help repel a raccoon that isn’t already too comfortable in its home.

There are a couple of problems though. These sprays can also be irritating to humans and pets, so you need to be selective about where they are used.

They also are short lasting and easily washed away by rain, so they may need to be reapplied every few days.



Most raccoon repellents will be ineffective. They may occasionally work but their overall success rate is not very high. 

Raccoon Trapped in a CageIt would be nice if you could spend twenty dollars at Home Depot and end your raccoon problem for good, but it is rarely that easy.

Raccoons are adaptable, intelligent and very tolerant of humans. These are the reasons they are invading the Chicago suburbs in record numbers. If they were easy to get rid of, cities wouldn’t be spending so much money on raccoon control to decrease their numbers.

Feel free to try these raccoon repellents if you want, but don’t get your hopes too high.

Your best options are taking steps to remove the food sources that attract raccoons and make sure you’re not giving them entry points to come into your home.

Related: How to Keep Raccoons Away from Your Home


If they have already entered your home, then it is time to contact a professional wildlife removal specialist. Raccoons can carry disease and should be removed as soon as possible.


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Do Raccoon Repellents Work? was last modified: January 4th, 2019 by Attic Solutions