how to get raccoons out of your garage

How to Get Rid of Racoons In Garage

How to Get Rid of Racoons In Garage

Are you dealing with unwanted visitors? Raccoons can often enter a garage through a garage door that has been left open or an open window and are often hard to get out of the garage once they have gotten in. Often, they have entered the garage in the first place because they are attracted by garbage or another food source, or because they are seeking shelter from the outdoors.

There are ways that you can humanly rid your garage of the pests, though, without calling an exterminator. Try to make the environment undesirable for the raccoons and they will not want to remain in that space.

Open the Garage Door

Obviously, the easiest thing to do is to open the garage door and see if the raccoons will leave on their own! This should be the first thing you try before you move on to more drastic measures. For instance, if you left the garage door open and the raccoon wandered inside hoping to find food, it may be scared now that it is trapped inside and want to leave anyway.

If you open the door to ensure that it has an exit, it may leave as simple as that! After all, if it is scared, it will want to get out of there as soon as possible. It is important to note that frightened raccoons may be aggressive and therefore dangerous, so be cautious.

Utilize Smells

You may not know this, but raccoons have very strong– and therefore sensitive– senses of smell. Smells such as ammonia or apple cider vinegar particularly bother raccoons. You can easily utilize these smells by soaking rags in the liquid and placing them around your garage space so that the smell can permeate the area and drive the raccoons out.

If you do not have enough rags, another option is to fill plastic bags with the liquid and poke small holes in the bags so that the smell can escape. 

Human Harassment

It may be necessary for you to take additional steps to get the raccoons out of your garage, where you need to physically intervene. Raccoons often choose to stay in garages because the garages are dark, quiet spaces.

This is especially appealing if it is a raccoon that is pregnant or raising babies, because a garage may seem like a safe space for the babies to grow. Make the space unappealing, then, by making it bright or noisy– or both! This may convince them to leave.

Ideally, do this close to the entrance of their den. You could set up lights, small speakers, or a radio in this area.

Remove Food and Water

Obviously, if there are food or water sources in the garage, the raccoons are going to see this as a hospitable place for them. Any possible food products such as dog or cat food, birdseed, family food, or more than you are storing in the garage should be removed.

That way, the raccoons will no longer see this as the perfect environment for them. Often it is this food source– or garbage that may be stored in the space– that attracted them to the area in the first place. Therefore, it is also important to remove any garbage from the vicinity. 

Make Sure They See You

If a raccoon family has moved into your garage because they believe it is a safe space, you should make sure that they see you often in the garage.

This will help them to understand that it is not a safe space, and a mother raccoon protecting her babies will likely be wary of the garage if humans are constantly moving around in there. Do not stop using your garage because there are raccoons inside, as this will only make them more comfortable and less likely to leave.

Hire a Professional

If none of the above suggestions help you to rid your garage of the raccoons, it may be time to hire a professional to do the job. This is without a doubt the safest option. There are also plenty of professionals who will remove the raccoons from your garage humanely, so there is no need to be concerned about the animals’ welfare!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you keep raccoons out of your garage?

If you are trying to prevent raccoons from entering your garage, you should avoid storing garbage in the space, or anything else that may attract animals. Also, be sure that there are no areas where raccoons could get into the garage, such as open windows or unsealed seams– and don’t leave your garage door open for long periods of time, especially at night. 

What will scare away raccoons?

Raccoons may be scared away or deterred by certain smells since they have a very strong sense of smell. This is also a humane way to keep raccoons out of your garage. You can try Epsom salt, hot pepper, garlic, onion, or peppermint oil. Many of these are found in your kitchen cabinet! You can also dip rags in ammonia and place them in areas of the garage to deter the creatures, but start off with the more natural options first.

How do you get rid of raccoons fast?

Some of the ways that you can scare off raccoons quickly are by installing motion-activated sprinklers, putting in an ultrasound animal repeller system, or removing the food sources and garbage that are likely attracting the animals in the first place.

Will raccoons leave on their own?

If the raccoons are being a nuisance, it is not wise to wait and hope that they will simply leave on their own, or stop coming to your home. It is likely that the raccoons will not leave on their own, especially if you are unwittingly providing them with a food source and shelter. If they are with their young, they will be even more likely to stay in one spot– and it takes 8-9 months for the young to mature!