Pests and Diseases forum: Raccoons and Raspberries

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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
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Chillybean
Jul 26, 2015 2:16 PM CST
I am not sure I consider raccoons a pest, but we know they have been on our property based on their tracks in mud and they enjoyed the first year we grew Sweet Corn. We electric fenced the corn in future years.

We were given a sizeable raspberry bush this spring. Now that the berries are forming, we are considering what needs to be done to protect the berries. We hope to cover it in bird/deer netting, but I cannot imagine this would stop a raccoon. We have Plantskydd to deter herbivores, but I do not think the main ingredient (blood meal) would keep raccoons away. Any ideas? It seems a little extreme to put electric fencing around one plant.

Thank you for your help.
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Jul 27, 2015 7:14 PM CST
You could try a cage of sturdy wire-netting. Make sure the access door is secured with a raccoon-proof catch. You are right about blood meal being no use as a raccoon deterrent. They are deterred by hot pepper, but do you want hot raspberries? Good luck matching wits with the little furry bandits!
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Jul 30, 2015 9:53 AM CST
Thank you for the reply. They must be finding good food around somewhere, since they've never touched our bird feeders that we leave out all night.

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