How to Trap a Raccoon

You will most likely need to set traps immediately to maximize your odds of catching the problem raccoon. There are not a lot of raccoon traps on the industry so that your choices are restricted, however the traps on the market are proven to be effective! You can choose between a 1 doorway or two door cage, the principal difference between them is that using the 2 door trap, you could possibly catch another raccoon. You also need to be certain you're purchasing large sized traps, otherwise you run in the risk that the raccoon might not be able to fit into the cage and you will not be able to trap him.

Ideal placement of these traps is also a significant element in efficiently trapping raccoons. You will want to place a trap in a spot where you’ve noticed raccoon activity. You may also place a trap along a fence line or hidden by brush, especially if you have noticed that the raccoon walks a specific path when it is out looking for food. An excellent location is frequently near the primary entrance point they're using, but be certain that it is on the lawn on not up on the roof. Quite often, individuals put traps on the roof or inside of the attic, which is not a good idea because the raccoon will freak out after being captured, regardless of where the trap is. However, when a trap is on the roof, the raccoon panicking could cause the trap to fall, wither harming the raccoon or damaging your trap so that he can escape. With a trap in the attic, you run the risk of the raccoon panicking and grabbing frantically at things -such as wires or insulation – and potentially causing excessive damage.

Raccoons will use any available entrance!
Raccoons can seriously damage your roof!

You should be sure to check your traps every day, probably more than once each day, to make sure that the raccoon doesn't die from over-heating. You also want to check the traps to make sure they are set properly, so that the raccoon cannot just walk in and out without triggering the door to close. For those dealing with a mama and babies, it's wise to attempt to catch mama first, after you have caught her you can go into the attic and remove the babies. This way, you can release all of them together, giving the babies the chance to thrive. Make certain that when you are relocating your trapped raccoon, you drive a far distance so they will not attempt and locate their way back. Often the ideal place to release them is in a wooded area, near a water supply, so they have a greater likelihood of survival.