How to Keep Raccoons Out of My Pond

Overview

The raccoon (Procyon lotor) grows quite large. Males will often weigh 60 lbs. Raccoons that frequent urban areas often grow larger than their forest-dwelling relatives because food from trash cans, fish ponds, pet food bowls and gardens offer easy pickings. A garden pond often poses an alluring location for raccoons. The raccoon sees the pond as an easy area to catch fish. Once a raccoon discovers a pond with fish, it will return every night until all the fish are gone. Always provide safe havens for pond fish to hide under or aquatic plants for them to swim into to avoid the avidly fishing raccoon.

Step 1

Place motion-activated lights or water sprinklers around the pond to scare off the raccoon. Raccoons are nocturnal and often shy away at lights that suddenly come on. Placing solar-powered garden lights around the perimeter of the pond often works to keep back skittish raccoons from the shoreline.

Step 2

Place speakers or a radio by the pond. Turn it on low. The sound of human voices will often keep raccoons away from the area. Put the volume on a low setting so you don't disturb your neighbors.

Step 3

Roll chicken wire over the surface of the pond. Hold the wire down using rocks or garden stakes. The wire will help keep the raccoons from nocturnal fishing.

Step 4

Fence in the pond using electrical fencing. Place 2- to 3-foot fence posts around the perimeter of the pond. Apply electric fence insulators to the fence posts. Place two on each post. Run electric fence wire 6 feet from the ground and around the pond. Attach to the fence posts using the insulators. Run another wire 6 inches above the bottom wire and also attach to the remaining insulators. Attach the electric wire to a garden electric fence charger. You can also buy solar-powered garden fence chargers.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never corner a raccoon. Many raccoons will bite if cornered. Many raccoons carry rabies. Never handle raccoon droppings because they carry a parasite that can prove fatal, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Things You'll Need

  • Sensor lights
  • Solar lights
  • Sensor sprinkler
  • Radio
  • Chicken wire
  • Rocks
  • 2- to 3-foot fence posts
  • Electric fence wire insulators
  • Electric fence wire
  • Garden fence charger

References

  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: Raccoons
  • UBC Botanical Garden: Raccoons and Ponds
  • Foster and Smith Aquatics: Pond Predator Control
  • Wildlife Care of Ventura: Living With Raccoons

Who Can Help

  • City of Lakewood, Colorado: What to Do if You Have a Raccoon on Your Premises
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About this Author

Kimberly Sharpe is a freelance writer with a diverse background. She has worked as a Web writer for the past four years. She writes extensively for Associated Content where she is both a featured home improvement contributor (with special emphasis on gardening) and a parenting contributor. She also writes for Helium. She has worked professionally in the animal care and gardening fields.