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malt0se 06-12-2012 08:32 AM

Raccoon latrine on deck
At least I hope it's a raccoon.

Piles of fecal matter have mysteriously began to appear on one corner of my mothers deck. Her house is near a marsh and creek, and although I've never seen one in the neighborhood, it's the perfect habitat for a raccoon to take up residence.

Anyway to gently remind it that a deck is not a good place to hang out? I'd like to rig up some kind of electric wire around the perimeter that's hooked up to a car battery, but I have no idea how to go about doing that (and there is probably a way easier, less fun method)

wkearney99 06-12-2012 08:41 AM

Once they establish a latrine spot they'll come back to it regularly. You need to set up a strong deterrent. I'd use a motion sensor water sprinkler. Aim it squarely at their likely entry to the spot. Being hosed down all of the sudden when nearing the spot seems like it'd surely scare the p... well you get the idea.

oh'mike 06-12-2012 08:42 AM

Go to a farm supply and look for a small fence charger----just remember that it works just as well on humans and dogs-----

Bumping into a cattle fence is an experience that everyone remembers for the rest of their lives.:whistling2: :laughing:

Blondesense 06-13-2012 12:12 PM

The first thing that comes to my mind is a motion sensor light, positioned close to and aimed right at that corner.
Don't know if it would work, but it might be a relatively inexpensive first thing to try.

Evstarr 06-13-2012 04:20 PM

Perhaps a scent deterrent like coyote urine or similar?

creeper 06-13-2012 07:42 PM

Also consider the reason that he's coming in the first place. Is there food that makes him want to return ?

wkearney99 06-14-2012 07:13 AM


Originally Posted by creeper (Post 942870)
Also consider the reason that he's coming in the first place. Is there food that makes him want to return ?

Food is not likely to have anything to do with it. I had a pair that decided it was worth climbing THREE stories of outside fire escape in order to crap on a deck outside of an apartment. No food up there at all, or anything else, just a barren corner that provided some privacy. The IR sensor hose worked on the two times they climbed all the way back up again, never again after that.

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