There is nothing worse than going to pull the garbage cans out front on garbage day, only to find that they have been ransacked by critters–critters with an obvious lack of basic table etiquette. Picking up remnants of garbage is not really my favorite past time–because of the rain, it’s usually a soggy gross mess.
I’ve decided to show the raccoon who’s boss, though. If you care to band with me against critters eating garbage everywhere, here’s what you do:
- Before you toss the garbage bag into the garbage, spray it with Windex, or ammonia. It deters the little guys big time.
- If you’re not wild about spraying the garbage itself, you’ll have to “fortify the compound.” Which is really just a nerdy way of saying tie the lid down. You can chain it with a padlock, though, dialing the combination in every time might get a bit tedious. You can tie it down using rope or cord. You can even try putting a cinder block on it, in hopes that your particular raccoon isn’t into weight lifting.
- You can also buy raccoon repellent around the can. I am not wild about this option, because of Lucy, so if you have pets, you may want to consider using hot pepper or cayenne pepper flakes instead.
- Keep the garbage can in the garage. Shut down the restaurant, and they will find themselves a new dining establishment.
- Install motion detection lighting around the trash can. The light popping on will most likely scare them off.
How about you, have you successfully waged war on garbage eating raccoons?
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