What You Can Do
“Make your yard inhospitable to raccoons”
- Remove all pet food, accumulated trash, and overhanging vegetation.
- Top bushes at least 24 inches below the roofline.
- Repair any damaged vent screens using half-inch hardware cloth.
- Install spark arresters on chimneys.
- Secure pet doors at night.
- Store garbage in metal or tough plastic cans with tight fitting lids.
- Close off all open areas leading under decks using half-inch hardware cloth, which covers the open areas & extends 1 foot below soil level and 1 foot outward.
- Throw rocks to scare them away.
- Electric fence.
- Use beneficial nematodes in the spring to kill grubs in lawn areas.
What You Can’t Do
- State law prohibits poisoning raccoons.
- If an animal is causing depredation or poses a health risk, call Vector Control District to evaluate the problem. 408-792-5010 or 1-800-675-1155
- Law prohibits trapping and relocating ANY wild animal without approval from California Fish & Game. 831-479-9389 or 831-649-2870.
- UC Pest Note on Raccoons
- Raccoons: The Humane Society
- UC Pest Note: TurfGrass Masked Chafers (White Grubs) Digging by vertebrate predators, such as crows, raccoons, skunks, and coyotes, is a common indication of high grub populations