5 Smart Strategies to Keep Raccoons Away

Have you been fighting hard to keep raccoons away from your property? Are you tired of dealing with the nuisance created by these unwanted creatures? Well, reality says that it’s not easy to get rid of raccoons. One generally has two options. One is to hire a company that is certified in Tampa raccoon removal, and the second is to do it yourself.

You have to adopt certain measures to be able to trap and then remove them. A lot of people opine that a good option is to use live raccoon traps. However, one must be knowledgeable about choosing the right live traps and knowing what kind of bait is the best to use. So let’s start with the best and most successful ways of trapping them.

Trapping Raccoons

The good news is, it’s easy to trap a raccoon. But what must know first is their nature, which will make it easier to be successful. Raccoons are usually hungry and curious, but they are smarter in comparison to other creatures. The most interesting about them is that if you fail to catch them in a trap, they will stay alert for the next time and there is a very good chance that it won’t fall prey to your tricks. So, you must be wise enough to catch the creature the first time.

Choose the Right Raccoon Trap

For trapping a raccoon, an extra-large or large-sized trap will do. You will find traps with a single door as well as double doors. Depending on your catch rate, you should choose the trap accordingly. A two-door model, for instance, is designed to trap more than one creature while a single door easily lets a full-size animal let in.

Find a Good Location

When choosing the location, look for an open surface where you can place the trap easily. It would be better if you can track the area where they usually stroll around. Areas like gardens, attics, patios, and fence lines are good places for raccoons to get trapped.

Bait

Choosing what bait a raccoon is most likely to go for is very important, so you should be placing such stuff that would attract the creature. Ideal items are sweet food, fatty meats, fish, wet cat food, and marshmallows that would certainly entice it to enter the trap.

Check the trap regularly

Check the trap before setting it to be sure the trigger is working well and it’s set up properly. What you need to do is check regularly whether the trigger is alright and also the close mechanism is working when the trigger plate is pressed. At the very least, you should take the effort to check the trap twice a day to ensure whether the creature is caught. It’s advisable not to detain them for too long because they can injure themselves by trying to get out.

trapped raccoon

Check local release laws

Before starting this whole process one should know what the local laws are dictating whether a trapped raccoon can be relocated, or whether it must be euthanized. Each city has it’s own ordinances governing wildlife, and very often relocation is not allowed, to keep the spread of diseases like rabies from occurring. Check the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website for updates on relocation laws in Florida.

If you are able to transport it, cover the trap with a large towel or something that limits what it can see, which will calm it down. Not being able to see calms many animals, including feral cats, so covering the trap will help the situation.

As a last resort, if your city doesn’t allow you to trap and release raccoons on your own, call a wildlife control service that is licensed to do it.