Post # 1
every single night, my trash can is tipped over with trash spewing everywhere on my driveway. it stinks!! both literally and figuratively. i can’t figure out a way to get them to stop coming! things i’ve tried:
-bungee cords around the lid/can–they SNAPPED the cords off!
-cement cinder block on top of lid–they tipped over the can and broke the cinder block to pieces
-moved it to another area–yeah right, like this would even remotely work
-installed a light that is sensitive to movement–nope.
these raccoons have to be the smartest creatures ever because they figure a way to get past any obstacle. frickin raccoons.
Post # 3
Do you have a garage / barn / storage shed / etc? I’d keep the trash can inside somewhere until its trash day.
Post # 4
@Mrs.KMM: we have a tiny garage that barely fits one car, so no can do there :[
Post # 5
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
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…..
Post # 7
@bakerella: HAHAH!!! OMG, that is hilarious! This validates my belief that raccoons are geniuses. I mean, they even know how to chew gum- ridiculous! that trash can looks like serious heavy duty stuff. the county we live in provides trash cans so we can’t use our own. i guess their kind is the only one that works with the type of garbage truck that collects them. i put pretty tight knots on my bags so i really don’t think they can smell it through the bags. i think the raccoons just know we have delicious leftover scraps.
@ Baileyh That is what my driveway looks like at 3am at night most probably. HAH!
Post # 8
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
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
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
@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?
Post # 12
@bakerella: no, but i don’t think they care about smells. one day, i saw one COMING OUT OF THE SEWER GRATE. disgusting.
@Jenn23: seriously, i thought the cords were the answer, but they just popped right off.
@Lovespearls: somehow, that sounds SO cute!!! little bitty paw imprints. though the ones i’ve seen are twice the size of a normal cat. obese from eating all my trash.
@SoontobeMsL: i’m suprised the blocks worked for him! i must get the raccoons that work out.