How to Protect Your Pool Cage From Raccoons
by Christine Daniels
Although raccoons were once strongly associated with forested areas near water, now they can be found in many suburban areas. Raccoons have adapted very well to living around humans. If they can, they will use your pool as a source of water. Building a pool cage is very helpful in keeping them out of your pool. But to keep them away from your pool as well as your pool cage, try a variety of methods.
1. Trap the raccoons. Buy traps designed specifically for raccoons. All you need to do is place the traps near the pool cage and bait the traps. Bait should be placed in the back of the
trap to lure the raccoons in. Once a raccoon steps inside, it triggers a door to slam shut. You may need more than one trap if you are having trouble with multiple raccoons.
2. Relocate the trapped raccoons to a safe, faraway place. Put at least 10 miles between the raccoons and any homes that might be nearby.
3. Spray raccoon repellent around the pool cage. Repellents can be found online and at almost any shop that sells bird supplies. Repellents work well and will not harm the raccoons.
4. Install motion-activated lights around your pool cage. Raccoons are nocturnal, so the light will deter and scare them away. Multiple lights that are very bright work best.
5. Place a waterproof near the pool cage. Set the radio to a talk station. A raccoon will do its best to avoid humans. If it hears the sound of them talking, the voices will discourage the raccoons from getting to close to your pool cage.