The raccoon lives throughout the country in marshy swamps and streams. These animals usually scavenge for food in the wild, but they can also become a nuisance once they have decided to set up their homes in your own attic, basement, or the empty spaces in your home. Raccoons are known to tilt garbage cans over to scavenge for food. If a raccoon has been bothering you and your trash, make your own raccoon trap.
- Fill the can. Take a large garbage can and plug the drain holes. Add in water until the can is around one third full. This should use up around ten gallons of tap water. The can should be situated near an outdoor table or a picnic table.
- Position the bait. Use a strip of wood that is around 20 inches long and put one end on the picnic table and the other end on the garbage can. Make sure that the wood panel is strong enough to accommodate up to 25 pounds of weight. Raccoons can grow up to 46 inches long and can weigh as much as 25 pounds. Usually, the older and larger raccoons are also some of the most adventurous, and will visit the trap quicker than the other raccoons. Place the bait at the end of the strip of wood, near the garbage can. You can use entrails, bacon, or fresh vegetable as the bait.
- Set the trap. In a few hours, the raccoons should smell the bait and will climb the picnic table and use the strip of wood to get to the bait. Because of the weight of the animals, the wood strip will overturn and will shoot the raccoon inside the garbage can. The smooth walls of the garbage can will prevent the raccoon from climbing, and the water will cling to its fur to prevent it from jumping out. The weight of the ten gallons of water should also prevent the can from overturning as the raccoon struggles to free itself.
- Raccoon removal. Raccoons are a relatively harmless creature, and will not bother you apart from scavenging your trash cans and making a mess in the area. Instead of hurting the raccoon, drain the water from the trash can and close the can with its lid. Secure the trash can lid into place with rope, and drive the animal to a marshy area that is at least ten miles away. The raccoon will not be able to return to your home.
Make sure that you replace the bait often. Raccoons usually have families, and it will take a few days or weeks to capture all of the raccoons. Fresh bait will attract the raccoons quicker. You can also position several of these traps around the house to catch the raccoons faster. If there is a spare cage around the house, use this to keep the animals in case you do not want to drive out each time a new raccoon is caught, especially if you live in an area where there are plenty of raccoons.