How to get rid of raccoons? (Humanely)
Raccoons can be cute—but not so much when they’re inside your house, tearing up your insulation and creating holes in your roof. Raccoons can cause some serious and extensive damage to your home, including but not limited to: creating holes in your roof, chewing on electrical wires and damaging your electrical system, damaging HVAC systems, destroying insulation, destroying pipes, and much more. It’s
important that you have raccoons removed from your home as quickly as possible to prevent further damage.
Raccoons can and should be removed humanely. Thankfully there are numerous ways that you can humanely remove raccoons from your home; the following are some of the best ways to humanely get rid of raccoons.
Make loud noises to deter raccoons from staying
Raccoons will typically not stay somewhere that does not feel safe, and you can help your home feel less safe for raccoons by making loud noises. You should try to concentrate the noise to the area where the raccoons are staying, such as the attic or other areas of the home. Loud noises that may deter raccoons include playing loud music, playing a loud TV program, banging pots and pans and similar disturbing
Shine bright lights in the area where raccoons are staying
Raccoons want to feel unnoticed and protected from predators, and you can eliminate their feeling of security in the darkness by shining bright lights into the area where the raccoons have nested. This can be done with large lanterns, flashlights, and even interior spotlights. You may need to shine more than one light, depending on where the raccoons have decided to create a nest. Try to aim the light inside the
nest for maximum exposure.
Place vinegar-soaked rags or bowls of vinegar in the area
Another way that you can make your home unappealing to raccoons is by making it smell awful for them. Raccoons do not like the smell of vinegar, so one way to remove them humanely is to place bowls of vinegar or rags soaked in vinegar around the area where the raccoons are staying. If possible, place the bowls or rags as closely as possible (or even inside, if it is safe) to the nest.
Hire a professional
If all else fails, you will want to hire a professional to have the raccoons removed humanely from your home. In some cases, the raccoons may be too stubborn to leave or they may have found themselves trapped without an effective means to leave your home. The raccoons could also have babies, which means that the adult raccoons won’t leave the nest even with loud noises, annoying smells and bright lights. A professional will be able to locate and remove any dependent babies along with the adult raccoons.
After you have had raccoons removed from your home, don’t forget to assess the damage they have done so that it can be repaired promptly and professionally. And remember, if you want to remove raccoons humanely from your home, keep the above tips in mind.
How to trap a raccoon?
Want to trap a raccoon but not sure how to do it? If so, then you needn’t worry. In this article, you’ll learn how to trap a raccoon right from trap selection to the preventive measures. Ready to get started? Well, let’s get to the steps.
Step 1: Choose The Right Trap
When choosing a raccoon trap, the type and size of the trap matters.
a. Type of the trap.
There are three types of traps that you can use for trapping raccoons.
- Body grip traps: This type of trap snaps down on the raccoon when sprung. After that, it chokes or squeezes the raccoon to death. However, the trap is difficult and dangerous to use.
- Paw hold trap: It’s equipped with a small snapping device that clamps down on the raccoon’s paw and holds on to it. This method is not humane as you’ll have to kill the trapped raccoon by shooting it.
- Live cage trap: It’s a large metal cage in which you put food to lure the raccoon. Once the raccoon gets inside, it steps on the trip pan, which triggers the trap door to shut instantly. Common brands include the Havahart brand or Tomahawk.
Note: The first two types of traps are strongly not recommended since they kill the trapped raccoon. And in some states, they may be highly prohibited.
b. Size of the trap
The recommended size is 12x12x36. Depending on your preferences, you can choose a trap with either a single or double door.
Step 2: Set Your Trap
Consider placing traps where raccoons live or in areas with raccoon damage. Since raccoons prefer hidden places, the most likely places to place your trap include:
- Underneath structures
- Wood piles
- Tree hollows
- Fence lines
- Along Walls
Besides that, set your trap correctly on a flat surface. Also, set the trip pan with the appropriate tension and ensure that the trap is stable.
Note: To achieve the best result, you should set multiple traps in different locations.
Step 3: Add An Appropriate Bait To The Trap.
Since raccoons have an excellent appetite for sweet food, using marshmallows, white bread, and watermelons give excellent results. Lead some bait up to the raccoon’s trap, put some at the back of the trap, and on the rare side of the trip pan. Also, ensure you place your bait at the back inside the trap and replace it every two days.
Note: Even though meaty baits seems the best bet, it might attract other wild animals such as stray cats and opossums.
Step 4: Relocate The Captivated Raccoon
Inspect your traps every morning. In case you find other animals trapped, release them immediately. If you find a raccoon, keep the cage away from your body and relocate it at least 5 miles away.
Step 5: Eliminate All Raccoon’s Attractants
After relocating the trapped raccoon, carry out the following:
- Clear your home of all raccoon’s attractants.
- Cover your garbage, fishponds, and seal off woodpiles.
- Seal all possible entryways and holes in walls or buildings.
- Use raccoon repellent.
With all the above steps followed, you’ll trap and relocate raccoons and prevent them from ever coming to your home.