Hot Spot: Garden beds
Main Attraction: Raccoons are omnivores, meaning that they eat all kinds of plants as well as animals. They’re accurately known as marauders of sweet corn patches, but they also commonly feast on melons, berries, grapes, and a variety of other garden vegetables.
Damage: The most recognizable signs of raccoon damage in your garden are corn stalks bent to the ground and, of course, the kernels chewed off the ears. You may notice melon rinds clawed open, with the flesh inside scraped out, and other vegetables may be partially or completely eaten. It’s difficult to catch raccoons in the act, since they are most active late at night, when people are not around.
Solutions: Raccoons have a strong sense of smell and taste, and they rely on their very dexterous paws to help them find their way and access food. You can keep raccoons out of your … Read More