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Trashcan Score: Raccoons 2, Bungees 0

August 31, 2013

So I recently posted here about how one bungee cord was not enough to prevent raccoons from getting into the trashcans… it took two per trashcan. That worked well.

Or so I thought. I was out of town recently when I got this message: “Double bungees are no match for these strong clever critters!

Yowch. See this photograph? That’s what accompanied the message.

two is not enough

Maybe the black bin had overflowed and some of the garbage was left on the side in vulnerable garbage bags?

Nope. Here’s another picture. The raccoons had managed to push the bungee cord out of position, open the corner of the can, get in, and drag out the contents.

two is not enough -2

So we’re developing new solutions. (The easiest would be to put it in the garage until Garbage Morning, but with two cars and three garbage cans, that doesn’t work.)

Until we do, we’ve invested in a box of disposable rubber gloves for clean-up. And maybe we’ll add more bungee cords.

Stay tuned, and if you’re losing (or winning!) the Bandit Battle, I’d love to publish your experiences and photographs. Email at fk94131 at yahoo.com or leave a comment here. (Comments are moderated, so it may take a day or two to come through.)

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Phil Mieszkowski permalink
    September 23, 2013 11:47 pm

    why don’t you drill a small hole through where the lid and side of the can overlap, and then use a bolt or carabiner to hold the lid shut?

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