Raccoons are omnivores, and scavengers. So they will eat just about anything! And they like to use their
dexterous hands to break into areas to get food. So sometimes they actually like
to break into a trap to get the food inside. You can bait a trap with any sort of food, and it'll work. That said, there is one important
Avoid Stray Cats: If stray cats are a concern, then you may want to skip the meat baits, especially cat food. In this case, use breads or sweets. Marshmallows work great.
You will need to make sure that it is actually legal in your state to trap and release your raccoon into the wild. In some states it is illegal, and if that is the case in yours, you are going to need to employ the help of a pest control company or professional to do it for you. For many people, this is the safer option anyway as you can be one hundred percent sure the job has been done properly, especially with a fully qualified person.
The whole point of using raccoon trap is to make sure that the raccoon is safely trapped, and then safely moved to its new home, wherever you decide that should be – this is another thing you are going to need to research before you begin your trapping quest. There will, of course, be some mental distress caused to the animal because it has been shut in an confined space, but as for physical distress, there should be none at all, or at least very slight. The majority of traps that you can get for trapping raccoons are made of mesh wire with a steel framework. The framework is strong enough to contain an animal of this size and strength, as well as allowing you to move the critter safely, and the mesh framework will allow you to see that you have not trapped the family dog or cat! The workings of the trap should be simple as well – the more complicated it is, the more likely you are going to make mistakes. There should be bait used, and when the animal reaches for the bait, the trigger will cause the door to close behind the raccoon, causing it to be safely trapped for you to remove whenever you can.
Of course, if you have any concerns or problems with trapping a raccoon, you should speak to a professional pest control company or person that will be able to advise you of the right traps to use, the right laws in your state and much more. You will need a trap that is designed to be used outside, otherwise you risk disintegration or rusting of the trap itself, and you will also need to know where the raccoon can and can’t be released, as well as the right bait to use to lure it in.
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How many times have you cleared up the mess that wild animals have left in your garden, only to go back in the morning and realize it has happened all over again? If you have noticed holes in your lawn, garbage cans tipped over and garbage trailing all down the street, and even worse than this, destroyed flower gardens or vegetable plots, there is a good chance that you could have a raccoon making a nuisance of itself on your property. Once you have figured this out, (and let’s be honest, it’s not going to take long) it’s time to begin your battle – the battle of the raccoon!
Obviously, as much as you detest this crazy critter for making a complete mess of your yard, you still want to get rid of it in a way where it can go on to live happily in a new, (and perhaps more suitable) environment. This means trapping. There are other methods of prevention and removal of animals such as these, but trapping is one of the best, although this of course comes with other elements that you are going to have to think about.
Information about raccoon trapping - analysis and methods for how to trap.
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