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How to Keep Raccoons Out of My Pond

The raccoon is an animal native to the United States, and can be found in areas across the country. Raccoons have quickly learned to adapt to urban settings, and so can easily find their ways into the backyards of most cities. Raccoons are fond of water-based food and will view backyard ponds as a meal invitation. There are a number of methods you can follow to keep the raccoons from destroying your pond's life.

Raccoon's like to hunt and forage in ponds.
  1. Install an electrical deterrent, such as motion-detected water sprays or alarm bells. These may startle the raccoons away from your pond. These are temporary solutions, however; the raccoons will catch on to the fact that the deterrents are just warnings unless there are other preventative methods in place.

  2. Add cinder blocks, upside-down plastic crates or other obstacles under which fish can hide. Raccoons will only pursue the fish in your pond if they perceive the fish as an easy meal. If the fish can hide and are too hard to catch, the raccoon will soon give up on your pond.

  3. Expand your pond to make it deeper, so that fish can dive out of the raccoon's reach. The raccoon will not attack the fish if it will make him vulnerable and unable to escape quickly in the event of a threat.

  4. Cover the pond with 1 in. mesh chicken wire or another similar firm covering. Make sure the openings in the cover are small enough so that the raccoon cannot reach in or fall through.

  5. Spray repellent around your pond's perimeter. These strong-smelling sprays will not harm grass but will deter the raccoons from approaching. Apply a new layer of repellent after each rainfall.

Warning

  • Do not use mesh or other pliable materials to cover your pond. The raccoons can easily get tangled and injured in such coverings.

About the Author

Samantha Volz has been involved in journalistic and informative writing for over eight years. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with a minor in European history. In college she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and completed a professional internship with the "Williamsport Sun-Gazette," serving as a full-time reporter. She resides in Horsham, Pennsylvania.