This is an ultra-cheap means of controlling the raccoons in my ceiling. It works. Since my raccoons are habituated to light and noise, what else is left? I started by snarling and hissing. Hissing seemed to work. But, it did not work for long. The mama raccoon is back, probably pregnant, possibly with already-born kits.
One night when the hissing seemed to have lost effectiveness, I decided to bark. Terrified that a neighbor would hear, I just continued. Each time I heard the slightest movement, I howled and barked. Did you know that is difficult on the throat? It is. I don't know how dogs bark so much and not get really hoarse after the first few seconds.
I stomp around the room, bark, hit the walls and ceiling with a paper, sort of raking it along. Glossy paper won't leave ink on things, I hope.
The real problem with all this is that I cannot spend the night up and alert, barking. I need sleep. Maybe the raccoon just lies still until I leave the room. One of these days, I am going to throw a coon dog up in the ceiling and let all hell break loose.
Did you ever try barking to rid your place of raccoons or other critters? If you hear me barking, please don't call the authorities to the old lady who has finally lost her mind. Thanks.