Greenhouses forum: #@$% Raccoons have discovered the Greenhouse

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 1, 2016 12:09 PM CST
Grumbling I guess since they emptied the ponds of goldfish they went hunting around for more stuff. I found my greenhouse in a wreck today. Some of the bubblewrap was torn down, pots tossed here and there. There are only 2 plants inside for the summer and thankfully those were left alone. They scratched up the wicker lawn chair and I found the chair cushion outside at least in one piece. They dragged a half bag of my Maui Sand out into the yard. Most of it spilled in the GH and can be saved. There was a trail of sand left in the Monkey Grass "lawn" where it will do some good. Still, I was saving the sand for my potted plants. Grumbling
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Sep 1, 2016 9:50 PM CST
Geez! that certainly makes the burrowing animal (a chipmunk, I think) that has made a tunnel into my greenhouse look good!
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Name: Karen
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Sep 1, 2016 9:54 PM CST
I'm sorry, Cheryl. As far as I know, we don't have them, but I have had chipmunks really mess with my greenhouse. I constantly battle the mice and rats, too.
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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 11, 2016 10:30 PM CST
I can't wait till it's cool enough to lock the doors. The raccoons have really made themselves at hinge. They've removed some insulation, dug into bags of soil and made a big mess of the place! Grumbling
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Name: 🌺
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SpringGreenThumb
Sep 11, 2016 10:39 PM CST
I know someone who keeps the wild raccoons away by leaving a talk radio station running by his garden and green house. The sound of humans in the greenhouse frightens them.

The other way to keep them away is to scatter dog food all over the ground far, far, far, away from the green house. They can smell it and they will go to the dog food instead of the greenhouse.

Also you can trap them. Drive them 5 miles away and release them away from people.
Name: 🌺
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SpringGreenThumb
Sep 12, 2016 4:36 AM CST
You could also put a screened door on the greenhouse and lock that.
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 12, 2016 4:55 PM CST
Thanks for the hints @Springgreenthumb I have trapped raccoons in my attic before. They are real pests. Their nails are razor sharp. If they wanted to get through a screen, it would be easy for them to do. That Talk Radio is a good idea. I wonder if I kept it low it wouldn't bother the neighbors? The GH is close to their bedroom. There really is nothing in there that they might want. They are just making a mess with the soil bags and tossing empty pots all around. Sighing! They are having a real fun time! There is a family of 3 or 4 raccoons. I have seen them. Maybe it's time for me to use my air gun and get some night time practice to scare them away. Just kidding....sort of.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Sep 12, 2016 5:40 PM CST
So sorry. Really nuisance animals!! Grumbling
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SpringGreenThumb
Sep 12, 2016 7:12 PM CST
I have raccoons. They like to dig and play In water. Maybe a motion triggered sprinkler at the door?

Remember that raccoons can hear better than humans. You can leave the talking radio on just loud enough for them to hear it at the door.

Maybe a combination of the motuon sprinkler with a quiet talking radio will make them nervous enough to stay out.



Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Sep 12, 2016 7:40 PM CST
ShadyGreenThumb said:Thanks for the hints @Springgreenthumb I have trapped raccoons in my attic before. They are real pests. Their nails are razor sharp. If they wanted to get through a screen, it would be easy for them to do. That Talk Radio is a good idea. I wonder if I kept it low it wouldn't bother the neighbors? The GH is close to their bedroom. There really is nothing in there that they might want. They are just making a mess with the soil bags and tossing empty pots all around. Sighing! They are having a real fun time! There is a family of 3 or 4 raccoons. I have seen them. Maybe it's time for me to use my air gun and get some night time practice to scare them away. Just kidding....sort of.


Ugh, Cheryl! I think I would be resorting to more than an airgun. I mostly try to live with nature, but I do have my limits... Sticking tongue out

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Sep 12, 2016 7:43 PM CST
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I've trained my raccoon to chase my rabbit away from my Hosta.
Name: Sandy B.
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Sep 12, 2016 7:47 PM CST
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I need to train the deer and rabbits to eat the slugs instead of the hosta!
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Sep 12, 2016 7:53 PM CST
My raccoons pick the slugs, snails, grasshoppers, and other bugs out of my Hosta and daylily. That's why they run the rabbit off. They think the rabbit is going eat their bugs.
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SpringGreenThumb
Sep 12, 2016 7:54 PM CST
I just barely got a motion detector sprayers to scare the deer off.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Sep 12, 2016 7:55 PM CST
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