Answer: Raccoons are one of those critters that can be so CUTE and such a pain, too! There are repellents that reportedly work, but much depends on how persistent your pests are. Gardener's Supply Company (www.gardeners.com or ph# 800/863-1700) used to sell a product called RoPel that was labelled effective against racoons. I don't see it on their website, though, so give them a call to make sure they have it. You can also find similar products at garden centers and hardware stores.
If you have friends who own dogs, you can sometimes keep raccoons away by having pooches visit and chase them off a few times. Then there's the option of using those birdfeeders that emit a shock to squirrels, but not to birds - they're also expensive. Duncraft (www.duncraft.com) may carry this model. I hope this helps!
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