How to Get Rid of Raccoons on a Roof
No matter how cute a raccoon looks from far away, it's important to remember that these are wild animals. Raccoons carry diseases, including rabies, and attack when provoked. Leaving raccoons on your roof is dangerous because the animals may bite you, your family or your pets. You also risk the raccoons finding an entry point to your home. Get rid of the raccoons on your roof before they become a larger problem.
Remove any food sources available outside for the raccoons, including pet food, birdseed and trash. The raccoons will actually leave the roof to seek out nearby food, then go back to the roof. Cover trash cans with bungee cords over the lids and keep any other food in sealed plastic containers.
Wait for signs of the raccoons, then turn on your garden hose and use a spray attachment. Quietly sneak over to the ground next to the roof and spray the hose upward, towards the raccoons. The shock of the water often sends the animals running.
Cut down any tree limbs, branches or plants that brush against the roof. The raccoons climb up the tree and across the branches to reach the roof. Wrap the bottoms of the trees with sheet metal to keep the raccoons from climbing up the trees and jumping across to the roof.
Install motion-activated lights along the roof or on the ground, pointing to the roof. The lights automatically turn on when someone or something walks in front of the sensor. The lights scare the raccoons at night, sending the animals away from your roof.
Chop the onion and jalapeno pepper. Combine with the cayenne pepper and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Keep the mixture at a rolling boil for 20 minutes, then let the mixture cool. Place a cheesecloth over the bowl and strain out the chunks. Place the mixture in a spray bottle and spray around the roof. The scent repels raccoons.
Things You Will Need
- Bungee cords
- Plastic containers
- Garden hose
- Spray attachment
- Sheet metal
- Motion-activated lights
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 jalapeno pepper
- 1 tbsp. cayenne pepper
- 2 qts. water
- Spray bottle
- Use a ladder to reach the roof and spray the raccoon repellent. Keep the ladder secured against the roof or have someone hold the bottom for safety.