Treating Your Property For Coyotes
While exclusion methods that employ fences and barriers offer the most effective long-term protection, coyotes are intelligent and with enough determination (or hunger), will find a way to conquer most fences as well. The best approach is a comprehensive, multi-pronged effort that combines several methods.
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One of the easiest ways to deter coyotes from interacting with you and your pets is to instill a healthy fear of humans. Coyotes have become so comfortable living close to humans that they are becoming desensitized to our presence and are more brazen in approaching our properties. The Humane Society offers a long list of coyote hazing ideas that make use of simple, readily available items that help to repel coyotes during negative encounters. If a coyote is not initiating a conflict, these hazing techniques should not be employed.
Be loud and large – yell, wave your arms, stomp your feet, and slowly approach the coyote until it retreats. Never run from a coyote! Stand your ground and loom large without backing off until the animal has completely retreated.
At-home repellents – Scare them away with a whistle, air horn, squirt gun, or even a stick thrown in their direction (the goal is to scare the animal without striking it).
At-home hazing – If a coyote approaches your property, spray it with your garden hose, bang pots and pans to frighten it, or try spraying it with a mixture of water and vinegar.
There are also deterrent concoctions that you can make out of household ingredients and spray on and around your property to deter coyotes:
Add one chopped onion, one chopped jalapeno pepper, and one tablespoon cayenne pepper to two quarts of boiling water. Cool and Strain before spraying.
Combine equal parts liquid dish soap and castor oil and add to one gallon of water.
Combine an entire bottle of Tabasco sauce and a bottle of distilled vinegar.