Effective Ways to Keep Raccoons Away From Trash Cans

Are you tired of dealing with raccoons that keep getting into your trash cans and leaving a mess behind? There are affordable but effective ways to keep these clever critters at bay without breaking the bank.

Why Are Raccoons Attracted to Trash Cans?

Effective Ways to Keep Raccoons Away from Your Trash Can
Why Are Raccoons Attracted to Trash Cans?

Raccoons, often playfully referred to as ‘trash pandas,’ are known for their dumpster-diving tendencies. These resourceful creatures are attracted to trash cans because of the scent of food. With their exceptional sense of smell, raccoons can travel several miles searching for a tasty meal.

If your trash cans are left unprotected, with bags containing food scraps, raccoons will see them as an easy source of sustenance. Their omnivorous diet means they’re not picky, readily devouring anything from vegetables to meat scraps.

There are two primary methods for keeping raccoons away from your trash cans – using scents they dislike and securing the cans to prevent access.

Scents That Deter Raccoons

Cayenne Pepper Sprinkle cayenne pepper in a circle around your cans or on the bags themselves. The strong scent will discourage raccoons from approaching.

Ammonia Soak a paper towel in cleaning ammonia and place it on the top of the trash, beneath the lid. The ammonia masks the food scent and repels raccoons due to its strong odor.


Scents That Deter Raccoons

Pour bleach into a spray bottle and spray the trash can lid and inside the can with each new trash bag. Raccoons find the scent of bleach irritating, making them seek alternative food sources.

Mothballs Scatter a handful of moth balls around the trash can and place it on the top of the bag (under the lid) when replacing it. The potent odor repels raccoons.

Epsom Salt Sprinkle about ¼ cup of Epsom salts around your trash cans. The scent is undetectable to humans but irritates raccoons’ nostrils, deterring them from approaching.

Non-Scented Methods to Deter Raccoons

Baby Powder Sprinkle approximately ¼ cup of baby powder on the trash bag inside the can. Their sensitive paws will find the texture uncomfortable, discouraging them from accessing the garbage.

Bungee Cord

Non-Scented Methods to Deter Raccoons

Secure the trash can lid with a bungee cord wrapped tightly around it and hooked under the can. It prevents raccoons from opening the lid and accessing the contents.

Festive Lighting Hang a set of blinking lights near where you store your trash cans. Raccoons, being skittish, will be deterred by the flashing lights and seek a safer location.

Removing Nesting Spots Raccoons prefer to stay close to their homes. If they nest near your property, then they’re more likely to visit your garbage. Check for any nesting sports and remove them swiftly.

A Brand-New Treehouse Hotel Opens in California Next Year

A 254-room treehouse hotel will open in Sunnyvale, California, next year. It’s set to launch in late 2023, and it seems the location will be a must-visit destination. The stunning hotel will be the first of its kind in the USA. The resort brand is owned by SH Hotels & Resorts. Read on to learn more about the playful leisure destination.

What to Expect in the Treehouse Hotel

A Brand-New Treehouse Hotel Opens In California Next Year

Childlike wonder and technological advancement meet in an unlikely twist for the first Treehouse Hotel in the USA. Barry Sternlicht, the CEO and founder of the company that owns the hotel brand, says the chosen location for the resort is an epicenter of bold ideas and innovation. Apparently, it’s the perfect place for this new and highly desirable destination.

In a press release, Sternlicht described the hotel as a playful property from top to bottom. Mismatched materials, unexpected twists, and unlikely artwork perfectly represent the energy and intensity of the whole Silicon Valley culture. But it’s also a place where visitors will be able to find some of the old charms of the Santa Clara Valley.

Freedom, Nostalgia, and Childhood Fun

The first hotel of its kind was opened in Langham Place. Treehouse Hotel London is currently the only resort of the same name in the UK, but the company plans to open a brand-new location in Manchester in early 2023. Only then will the company owners dive headlong into their US adventure.

But let’s see what makes this place so unique and one of a kind. Firstly, visitors will have the chance to enjoy a private outdoor space that ranges from ground-floor patios to terraces or balconies. The hotel’s interior stands by its name and features multiple woodworking elements. Quirky quilts and colorful pillows will complement sturdy-looking wood furniture.

The hotel won’t just look amazing, but it’ll also repurpose existing buildings and rely on modular technologies in a bid to cut down on waste and environmental impact. The trees felled to make space for the hotel will be repurposed into sculptures by local artists.

In all, the new treehouse hotel promises its visitors freedom: the chance to unwind among playful interiors and designs. There’ll be various leisure activities available, and more.