(My apologies in advance if this a repeat thread. If it is, please point me in the direction I can find it.) I have seen quite a few posts on the internet about using different smells, sprays, etc to deter raccoons: --cinnamon, cloves,etc (doesn't make sense-love cin/raisin bread fed to brrrds) --moth balls lau) --pepper spray/mace or homemade hot pepper/garlic spray or cayenne powder (used in garden/flowerbed for neighbors cats, but apparently wore off after a few days) --?????????????? during any other time of year I can use small pieces of fly tape attached to tin cans, bells, or any noisy, annoying thing, but during the winter..... I realize that the best offense is a good defense; I'm building and reinforcing my brrrd area and looking into electric fencing. I guess I'm just curious: Has anyone out there had any luck with any commercial or homemade deterrents (but not poisons)for any pests ('coons, skunks, cats, squirrels, sparrows, mice, ad nauseum) ?