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Question: We live near Wildwood Park but a raccoon family (now 2 babies) have settled in one of OUR cedar trees. I have just read about coyote urine products which report they will repel 'critters' due to fear of the scent. Any idea whether this may REALLY work? ALSO, does Home Depot carry such a product? If not, any referrals? Thank you

Answer: According to the manufacturer, predator urine is a strong, granular repellent that contains the scent of the animal?s most feared rival, the coyote. This repellent uses the scent of the coyote to take advantage of the deer and raccoon?s inborn, instinctive fear of its rival, driving the pests from your property. Woodsmen have known for hundreds of years that the predator?s territorial marking tool, urine, strategically attracts or repels animals. By introducing the scent of a "predator", you send a forceful message to the offending deer and raccoon(s). That message is; This area has now been "claimed" by a much bigger threat. Rather than risk a potentially harmful conflict, your trespassing pest will now look for another spot for food or shelter. I do not have any personal experience with products like these so I can't tell you whether or not they really work. I do know that if you're persistent in making the raccoons uncomfortable, they'll go elsewhere. Try hosing them out of the tree, as often as necessary. A strong stream of water from the hose can reach quite far up in a tree and will not only startle them, but might make them want to find another resting place.

Hope it works!

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