Do Raccoons Attack Tents When Camping Outdoors?

  • By: Anthony Paton
  • Date: June 23, 2022
  • Time to read: 2 min.

Just in case you were wondering, your campsite is also home to a few nocturnal animals. And wouldn’t ya know it  they’re exactly what’s hiding out under those trees over there.

This is a well known fact among campers everywhere. The pesky raccoon will do anything for food, and they’re often seen as pests because of this love affair with human cuisine.

If you don’t protect your tent from raccoons, they may try and attack at night. The animals are nocturnal so we recommend securing it properly when outside overnight or during days when camping with children present.

Do Raccoons Attack Tents and Humans?

Have you ever wondered if raccoons attack tents? No, they don’t actually go after the tent itself. However, this doesn’t mean that food will be left uneaten in one.

Raccoons are usually shy and meek animals, but they can become aggressive if you irritate them or approach too closely. Their teeth grow continuously which means that even though it is rare for a raccoon to attack humans (or other pets), there’s always the chance of an unexpected attack while some people may find themselves caught off guard when faced with one suddenly trying either bite or scratch.

It’s important to note that, while raccoons can damage tents with their teeth and claws if they are trying (and often times succeed) at getting inside your shelter for food or warmth, this is typically only done when there’s no other option available. In most cases though especially those outside of populated areas like forests where these creatures thrive you’ll be safe from any tent troubles.

The raccoon is a clever creature that can open just about anything with its human-like hands. From doors and windows to coolers, they’re ingenious.

Thankfully, they won’t be able to get into your tent by unzipping the door zippers. They’ll just try and bite or claw their way through fabric so that you can see what’s inside.

How Do you Keep Raccoons Out of Your Tent?

There are a few ways you can keep raccoons out of your tent. One is by not storing food in it at night, which will make them think twice before entering an area where there might be tasty treats waiting for him/her inside.

The easiest way to keep raccoons out of your tent is simply by making sure it smells like a human. You can do this by placing mothballs or fabric softener sheets around the campfire, spraying ammonia near where you sleep at night and sprinkling spices such as cinnamon on top outside perimeter walls if possible- these will disrupt their sense of smell enough so they won’t want anything approaching home sweet habitat.

The most tenacious raccoon in the world will not be discouraged by anything if you have what it wants – food.


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