When planning on trapping raccoons to either stop them from coming on your property, get them out of your home, or just trap them to trap them there are some steps you will need to follow to be sure that your trapping is the most successful easy process possible.
Raccoons can be crafty clever animals, and have an edge against you in trapping because they can use their front legs as hands. So always remember trapping takes patience and will not always work the first time. But eventually if your lucky you will catch the critter eventually.
And never be afraid to find help if you feel you just cannot successfully trap the raccoon. Some can be smarter then others. Perhaps even already know trap = trouble.
First before setting up or buying any traps, poison ectra. Check with your local county to find out what is legal and what is illegal. Buying or using traps or poisons in illegal manors can lead to heavy fines and even jail time.
Where to set a trap.
There are many different ideal places to set traps. Depending on the situation depicts where the best place to put a trap is.
If you have a problem with a raccoon living underneath your house, in your house or on your property the best way to go would be to place the trap near its den with some food or garbage to lure the raccoon into the trap.
Also when a raccoon is inside your house make sure your children, family and roommates. Know where the trap is, where the raccoon is and to avoid these areas. Most preferably trapping a raccoon inside one room so its not free to run around in the house then put your trap in the room with the raccoon with some food in it. Return later to see if the raccoon has been trapped. If not call a professional.
If you have a problem with one or more raccoons coming in from the wild to steal crops, animals, or garbage the best thing to do would be to set the traps near those foraging locations because the raccoon will be off guard already knowing that’s a “safe” place to find food.
Also remember raccoons usually come out at night to find food, the best time to set a trap would be in the PM after sunset and check on the trap in the morning after sunrise.
Sometimes when traps don’t work it could either be assembly or placement. Always make sure you assemble traps exactly as the instructions tell you, follow all safety precautions. If the trap does not lure the raccoon the first night. Try different locations to find out where works and where doesn’t.
Last resort if it doesn’t work and the raccoon is still coming if you have a safe place to sit out of sight of the raccoon most preferably high up like atop a balcony, truck, tree house, lookout, ectra. Get lots of sleep that day and stay up at night around the time the raccoon usually comes and observe its usual pattern, use that pattern to figure out where to put the trap. If that doesn’t work. Hire a professional.