(Closed) Do raccoons burrow into your trash?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Do you have a garage / barn / storage shed / etc?  I’d keep the trash can inside somewhere until its trash day.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

So I take it you don’t have a garage? We don’t either. One thing that works for us (for the most part) is that in our area we have “green bin” which is a seperate collection for food waste. It’s a smaller bin that we keep in the shed (the food goes in biodegradable bags first), that really seperates out the “yummy” stuff from what the raccoons want. They haven’t been able to break into the shed yet.

We also have a garbage can that has handles that lock in and then sort of arms that snap onto the handles like this one from Rubbermaid:

It works pretty well for us. A couple times I’ve found it knocked over but not always broken into.

Funny story, a friend of ours threw out a pack of gum (I guess it was old?!). The next day we found our garbage can broken into, and all these gum wrappers, and then wads of chewed gum all over the deck. The raccoons chewed and spat out each piece of gum in the pack, too funny!!!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

ha ah this thread reminds me of the other day..i was walking to the bus in the dark and a HUGE (and a mean freakin huge!!!!) raccoon was on the sidewalk…I was like “okkkayyy I will just walk towards it and it will run away” so i did and it ran up the hill….not before the OTHER HUGE raccoon that was eating the garbage across the street started coming my way

 

I ran to the bus stop…..

 

 

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Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

We live in a townhome and keep our big trash can on our back deck. Luckily, the raccoons haven’t knocked it over. If we put a bag out there (trash can is full), they tear it up and trash is EVERYWHERE! Yuck! Has happened a few times. But like I said, they don’t knock our trash can over. I can’t believe bungee cords didn’t work! I really don’t have any ideas besides a trashcan with a stronger lock on top, perhaps?? Good luck!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yipes thats annoying, they dont burrow in our trash but they do come up on our patio and put their paw on our sliding glass doors, its super weird and I think one of them is stalking my dog who is black and white, my husband jokes they are having a love affair lol 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I had this issue when I was a young kid.  You have to get the barrels that lock.  My Dad used to put cynder blocks on top of the older barrels. 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@pamplemousse: Do you have cats? I was wondering what would happen if you put a bag of dirty litter at the top? Maybe it would drown out the “good” smells? Double bag the garbage?

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