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Raccoons tearing up my new lawn

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Raccoons tearing up my new lawn

 

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How can I humanely stop them from tearing up my new grass.  Each day my backyard looks like Beirut! I thought about scattering mothballs...what do you think?  I appreciate any advice you can give me.
Regards
Maureen, Pickering, Ontario,Canada

Answer

Raccoons and opossums will dig up lawns to get grubs. If the area is small and the digging is relatively minor, try treating the area with Dr. T's Whole Control. If the critters persist, if the area is large, or if the digging is intense, you can try trapping. In that case you should follow this up, once the raccoons familiar with the food source have been removed, by treating a large area around the digging site with Shake-Away™ or Critter Ridder® and/or by installing an ultrasonic repellent device or a motion-activated water sprayer.  This is copied from the McGreger Small Animal Control's  Raccoon Control Center.

The use of Ropel repellent may help in small areas.  It will not last for long, and is washed away with rain.  The use of a granular poison such as Talstar EZ Granular Insecticide, will kill the grubs that are attracting possum and, or raccoons and skunks to dig for these lawn pests.

I hope I've been helpful to you Maureen,

Best wishes,

George Manning
Consulting Entomologist
www.pestproblemssolved.com

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