Marco Banks wrote:I would disagree with the premise that to remove a raccoon is to invite a new one into the vacuum. That depends on your location. That hasn't been my experience at all. Over the past 20 years, I've had 4 encounters with the little guys, but once I've trapped them and cleared them out, I'll have years of freedom from them. I think I've got one out there now, but so far he/she hasn't been a problem. But it's been years since I last had problems with them, so by trapping and relocating them, I've bought myself years of trouble free existence.
I live in Los Angeles country—close to 5000 square miles—much of it urban and inhabited, with well watered lawns and gardens aplenty. But raccoons are still rare enough that removing them makes a serious dent in the local population and buying you some peace.
We've got owls and plenty of feral cats moving around at night to take care of any rats. No need for masked-bandit vandals to deal with rats here.
Lorinne Anderson wrote:If you have had only four incidents in such a long period of time, I would suggest you are the victim of someone trapping and relocating raccoons TO your area. Further, that suggests that your area is unsuitable habitat for raccoons and that is why when they find your property they become such an issue. A prime example of why the "trap and relocate" option is not a solution, it just creates more problems for someone else.
Lorinne Anderson wrote:Twenty years ago I dealt with two farmers, one spent almost every night, up on the barn roof, laying in wait for marauding raccoons to shoot, 17 in three months. In less than a week I solved his problem. The second had a Koi Farm - raccoons, water and fish, can you imagine a more perfect storm?? In a urban environment - shooting was not an option - he had trapped, spray painted their butts, and released 32 raccoons in just four months. He spray painted them to see if they were coming back, they were not, others were simply identifying the vacant turf and were moving on in. I solved his issue in under a week. It is not because I am a 'coon lover' it is because I want a cheap, successful solution to a maddening problem. Life is too short to spend every night up on the roof, waiting for coons to shoot.
Peter Ellis wrote:I did not see how you solved the problem....