What Bait to Use for Raccoons
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Choosing a bait for an animal that LITERALLY eats out of your garbage can seem pretty tricky. While it's no secret that raccoons will eat pretty much whatever you place in front of them, there are a few baits that will attract them a little more than others. Raccoons are particularly drawn to sugary or fatty foods, like a small child. When you use more sweet things, you're more likely to catch a raccoon, whereas if you primarily use fruits and vegetables you could wind up catching any other wildlife roaming in the region. Marshmallows are a raccoon’s favorite treat, and the sugary smell should lure them right into your trap. You can also use a can of cat food, however, you will often wind up catching the neighborhood cat a few times as well- and in case you've got a crazy cat lady next door she won't appreciate it.
You need to be certain the bait isn't haphazardly thrown into the cage, it must be carefully placed at the rear of the trap to encourage the raccoon to really walk in the trap instead of simply attempting to reach in and grab it. Additionally, it is a good idea to use gloves when setting the bait, your scent may alert the raccoon to something fishy going on and they will be less likely to go near the trap.
You might not catch your raccoon in the first two or three days, or even your first week. Trapping an intelligent animal is a tedious process which could span over the course of a few weeks. If the bait you're using doesn't work after the first week, try switching to a different bait; however, switching the baits out too often can sometimes deter the raccoon as it is too much change occurring in a short amount of time and will make them suspicious. This goes also for moving the trap to a new location, it is best to try and keep things consistent when trapping so that the raccoon feels like it is natural and will then be more comfortable.