There are times when I think that the best way to resolve a continuous raccoon problem is with military grade explosives. However, this does tend to result in a rather large gooey mess, which will require cleaning. The key to building a raccoon trap is to do so with as little residual mess as possible. Therefore, I have devised a foolproof raccoon trap that requires minimal effort and little to no cleaning.
Trapping a raccoon is so simple that only a few common items are needed for the construction of the raccoon trap. I have done this with my garbage can, two cinder blocks, and the empty blood soaked packages that meat comes in at the grocery store. The object is to let the raccoon do all of the work and trap itself. All that you have to do is sit back and wait.
Garbage cans come in various sizes. The garbage can that you use should be significantly taller than the raccoon when it is on its hind legs. You should remove the lid and leave the garbage can in an easily accessible space. For once, you will actually want the rancid rodent to mess with your garbage can.
Place one cinder block on its end so that it is standing in a vertical position. Place the other cinder block inside the garbage can on its side in a horizontal position. This should create a larger gap between the inside cinder block and the lip of the garbage can than what you have with the outside cinder block. You do not want the raccoon to be able to knock over your raccoon trap.
Now that the raccoon trap is set, you will need to decide on what to use as bait. I have been successful using blood stained wrappings. Bacon, fish, chicken, honey, watermelon, corn, and even marshmallows are also reasonable bait suggestions. Whatever you use, you need to make sure that it has a very strong smell.
Delicately place your bait on top of the horizontal inside cinder block and your raccoon trap is complete. Remember that raccoons are nocturnal; therefore, setting the trap up during the day is highly advised. Eventually, the raccoon will climb into the garbage can using the outside cinder block. Once the raccoon finds itself trapped inside the can, it will have no means to escape. The inside cinder block should be heavy enough to negate his ability to knock the can over and walk away. When you wake up in the morning, you can feel free to walk outside and check. The raccoon should be helplessly trapped and you can relocate to anywhere you like. Be careful though, because raccoons are mean and when you set it free, it will not be happy.