Our yard has been invaded and we are not sure exactly what has invaded us.  Our yard smells awful and something has been nibbling on our green pepper plants.  Then today I saw this:

Every single leaf was eaten.

There were a few small peppers on the bush which were not touched.

We had read that to identify the critter you can sprinkle flour or talcum powder on the ground and look for footprints the next day.  So we decided to try it.

Looks like a raccoon may be the problem, however, they usually leave more of a mess.  Can anyone identify this rascal?

We have gone on an all out campaign to eliminate the critter.  Every night we place rags soaked in ammonia around the yard.  We mixed up a spray using cayenne, chili powder, dish soap and water and spray this all around the area they have been visiting. 

The smell is getting a little better (except in the middle of the day when the heat is so intense) and we have not noticed any other plants being attacked, so hopefully things are on the way to getting better!

If anyone has a better idea of how to clear up the smell I would love to hear it.


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