So I mentioned this once before, but haven’t ever given the full story. Dave and I have had quite the raccoon problem going on in our backyard over the last year.
When we first moved into the house last June, we found there was a small family of coons living under our back deck – 2 kids and a mom. We tried putting out ammonia to discourage them from living there, but it wasn’t effective and they stayed in the yard – advancing on us whenever we encountered them out there. Scary. So we started setting out traps. We managed to trap and get rid of the 2 kid coons, but mama coon was evasive and smart. However, we later saw a dead coon on the road not far from our house and we didn’t see her out and about our yard in early morning/late evening anymore, so we though mama coon had been done in.
Earlier this month mama coon (we think it was the same one) came back with 2 more kid coons. Yay… We trapped the 2 kid coons (and a possum in the process) and got them out of the yard. We actually called in an exterminator for mama coon. Four marshmallows and some coon scent later, mama coon was caught. We thought our coon problem was pretty much over and planned on closing up all under-deck entrances as soon as possible. But before we could even do it, Dave saw another coon out on the deck one morning! We set a trap with marshmallows (we learned from the exterminator that coons love marshmallows) and within a few hours had caught another coon. Except this time we realized we were dealing with even more than we thought as one mama coon and four kid coons all danced around the trapped coon trying to figure out how to free it. Apparently in just over a week six new raccoons had moved into our backyard. Are you kidding me?!?! I think it must be Raccoon Disneyland under our deck because seriously, how does word get out that fast that there’s raccoon real estate open? To top it off, we live in the middle of town, with a fenced in backyard, so it’s not exactly your typical raccoon frequenting area. Or maybe it is.
We could call the exterminator again, but at $50 a caught coon, that’s a definite $300 out of pocket for us. No thanks. We could continue to set the trap ourselves, but it’s time consuming and not exactly pleasant to trap and dispose of coons. Enter our go-to, Amazon.com:
The Yard Gard Ultrasonic Animal Repeller! At $40 it’s a much better deal than $300, and will hopefully evict the coons (and any future coon families) without our direct intervention. We have this set up under the deck currently and will set a trap in a day or two to see if we catch a coon. If not, then fingers crossed the coons are finally gone. Then we can go about the business of closing off the deck entrances – we want to make sure the animals are out before we do that so we don’t have trapped animals that would get destructive and/or die and really smell.
I’ll let you know how it works out!
Have you had unwanted critters in your house/yard? What do you do to get rid of them?