Sep 302013
 

Some articles and excerpts on Skunk and Raccoon Damage to Lawns

Taken from the website
Skunks and raccoons
Raccoon tearing up lawn and Skunk Damage- These two animals will dig in the lawn, especially in the spring and fall looking for grubs, earthworms or soil insects. Having them digging does not mean there are grubs. They eat the same things moles do; they just work from the top down.
Fall is a time to get as fat as possible for the coming winter and spring is a time to put weight back on. Again, it is good to investigate whether there are grubs or not. If less than five grubs per square foot are found, try some of the surface repellants that are castor oil-based. These mask the smell of those sweet treats just below the surface. These can be sprayed on the surface, but are not watered in. Spray the areas that are just adjacent to the raccoon damaged areas and any area that has some damage.

From http://www.wildcarebayarea.org/site/PageServer?pagename=TakeAction_Raccoons
Raccoon tearing up lawn- Raccoon Classroom

It’s that time of year! Our kids are heading back to school.

Children will be spending their days in the classroom and raccoon moms will be escorting their little ones from their warm cozy den sites into the classrooms of nature.Young raccoons need to begin their schooling too!

A classroom for raccoons is any location where there is food or water. Raccoons typically give birth during spring and early summer, and in fall, raccoon moms venture out with their young ones to teach them how to forage. These moms will be teaching valuable survival skills including where easy food and water sources are located.

They’re Tearing Up My Lawn!

Unfortunately one such location may be your well-tended lawn!

Over-watered lawns produce an abundance of grubs and provide an ideal classroom for raccoons to perfect their foraging skills.

But there are safe, effective and humane options to deter educational forays onto your property!

WildCare would like to remind you that trapping and killing (or relocating!) visiting raccoons is cruel and inhumane and it never solves the problem (learn more on our WildCare Solutions blog).

Raccoons have territories, so when you remove a raccoon from a given territory (by trapping it), another raccoon will soon show up to take its place. You are not eliminating your raccoon problem by trapping and removing the animal. As long as the food or water source remains, your property will be attractive to animals.

Discourage Raccoons from Using Your Backyard as a Classroom

Cut back on watering immediately!
If you are watering every day, switch to every other day and only water in the morning. This will reduce the number of grubs under your yard, removing the source of what is attracting the animals in the first place
Beneficial nematodes are an organic form of pest control that can help when used correctly and can reduce raccoon damage.These are microscopic organisms that live in the garden soil and consume garden pests such as grubs. Click for instructions on how to use them properly.
Ammonia stations
Raccoons do not like the smell of ammonia. Creating ammonia stations in your yard can help deter them. To make ammonia stations, soak rags in ammonia and place them in metal containers such as baking trays, old coffee cans etc. This prevents the ammonia from leaking into the ground. You want to create enough stations in the areas affecting so the smell of ammonia wafts out.
Cayenne Pepper sprinkled generously on the ground surrounding the raccoon damage areas can help create an unpleasant experience for raccoons. It is best to use pepper in conjunction with several ammonia stations.
Go native! Think about switching from a green lawn to a more sustainable ecosystem that doesn’t require as much water. Without the over-saturation that a lush green lawn requires, you’ll conserve water, foster co-existence and save yourself from the frustrations of raccoons just being raccoons

We appreciate the above articles from msue.anr.msu.edu and wildcarebayarea.org because they shed a lot of light on the subject of raccoon damage and (less lo) skunk damage, which is very similar.

Personally I encourage customers to try everything they can to exclude or dissuade raccoons from their yards, but for those who insist on trapping, we offer a live trapping of raccoons and skunks service in Santa CLara and San Mateo Counties.

Call 408-771-6428 or zsmith@gopher-trapping for more information.
Smith’s is your bay area raccoon trapper when you have tried everything to get rid of raccoons and you have a raccoon tearing up lawn.

Raccoon tearing up lawn

Raccoon tearing up lawn

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