Take a look at this sweet little face, but don’t let it fool you. This is a major garden pest.
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These creatures destroy most of our garden melons every year. This is what they did to the watermelon patch the last two nights. They ruined at least 25 melons.
Let me tell you some facts I learned about raccoons. No matter what you try to do to stop them; nothing really works. Fencing. electric fencing. cages over melons, devices that make noises, liquids you rub or spray on melons, a pet dog (which they gang up on and can hurt quite badly), live traps (which they are good at escaping from).
Raccoons are mean, mean, mean, and in some areas carry rabies. Handle melons they have eaten holes in with rubber gloves. Don’t corner them – they will fight back.
I read some interesting stories from folks who tried to control these pests. One man hired his neighbor and his coon dog to eliminate raccoons from his garden. He paid his neighbor $10 a head. The neighbor and his dog eliminated 50 coons from the area in one night. Never fear – raccoons from other areas will just move in.
One gentleman had raccoons living under his house and in his attic. He had to hire someone to remove them.
A couple had coons that came to their deck and beat on their windows everyday. The coons wanted to be fed dog or cat food. The couple refused to feed them, but it took them a long time to get the coons to go elsewhere.
So good luck if you are able to delete the raccoons from your garden. I am sure our numerous cantaloupe patch will receive visitors in the near future. My husband tried sitting outside to watch for them last night, but after awhile he gave up. You never know the hour they will strike.