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raccoons vs grape vines!

My backyard we have grape vines growing which is good but for the last few years we haven't been able to consume any of our grapes because these bloody raccoons have been frequenting the backyard. Is there any way to steer them away from the vines and the property? Are there permanent fixtures that could be added to the backyard to piss these raccoons off without being an eyesore?
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You could try buying those electric fences and wire it up if it's a trellis, heard on the radio that they don't like the smell of mint or like music (the ones in my city don't mind music or people so I don't think this will work).

The only thing that is guaranteed will work is to trap and kill the raccoons, there are just too many of them.
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The electric fence would definitely work but I'm not sure about the legality in Toronto. I suspect they are not allowed. A few years ago a neighbor and I looked into this and found a place http://www.wightman.ca/~blitz/ for all the equipment, power supplies, wire, insulators etc. My current problem (pun intended) is not with raccoons but with groundhogs. They have even eaten the tomato plants this year.
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Other odours that supposedly repel them are a tabasco and pepper combination and mothballs.
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Electric fences are perfectly legal but what many use is motion activated sprinklers. They are available online and Lee Valley may even carry them. I'm sure there is even You Tube videos of them in action, which are quite funny BTW...
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I have a motion activated sprinkler called a Scarecrow, and it is indeed a lot of fun to watch it in action.

I bought mine to keep the neighbour's cats at bay, but it's nailed numerous squirrels and likely done the same at night to racoons too. Expensive but entertaining and useful.
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nornet wrote:
Jul 28th, 2008 8:06 am
Other odours that supposedly repel them are a tabasco and pepper combination and mothballs.
My dad has grapes in his yard and he ties leggins or nylons with mothballs to the trellis and always has grapes to eat when they are ready. :cheesygri
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M_Matt wrote:
Jul 28th, 2008 10:12 am
I have a motion activated sprinkler called a Scarecrow, and it is indeed a lot of fun to watch it in action.

I bought mine to keep the neighbour's cats at bay, but it's nailed numerous squirrels and likely done the same at night to racoons too. Expensive but entertaining and useful.
I looked into it but I can't figure out where I'd set up the scarecrow unit as the the vines cover our patio and fairly up high. I was thinking of setting of getting one and setting it by the trunk of the vines but there is another way to get up :-(
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Jul 28th, 2008 11:50 am
My dad has grapes in his yard and he ties leggins or nylons with mothballs to the trellis and always has grapes to eat when they are ready. :cheesygri

awesome i'm going to try that since it seems to be the most cost effective solution.
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Yeah, the scarecrow wouldn't work for your needs.

The problem with mothballs is that you'll get a nose full of them too. But if that's what it takes ...
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I forgot about the most effective non poisonous repellent, Bloodmeal.
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Some people think human urine repels raccoons... good luck with your application though, if your vines are that high :cheesygri
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My colleague has raccoons going after his new sod. They seem to like the new tender roots before the sod start to attach to the lawn. There appears to be some auto sprinkler devices available that turns on with infrared. Just like those exterior night lights, except it sprinkler when it sense motion. It worked perfectly and doesn't harm anything. It may be trickier to setup for your case, but it works. Try to find one in gardening stores
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That's the scarecrow that I mentioned further up, but it won't fit the OP's needs.

Are you sure the raccoons are going after the new sods roots and not grubs underneath?
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buyways wrote:
Jul 29th, 2008 1:54 pm
Some people think human urine repels raccoons... good luck with your application though, if your vines are that high :cheesygri
You could also waste your money on other old wives tales such as Fox and Coyote Urine, can be bought at some local pet shops.
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ahhh... the update so I tried the mothball method but it has failed miserably. In fact they came back for 3 nights straight and right now I'm sitting on my deck with raccoon poop over my head cause they went from the vines to the clear deck cover thing that we have. Second thing tried has been using wiring, its appeared to help slow them down on the climb and be extra careful but also failed! I think for the next week I'm going to try leaving the radio and hope that will do the trick.
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