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How to Trap a Raccoon


how to trap a raccoonRaccoons are well known for their curious and often times mischievous nocturnal adventures.  Homeowners and business owners who have experienced the ramifications of allowing raccoons to reside on or near their property typically end up searching for a way to rid themselves of these pesky varmints eventually. While some business owners and homeowners choose to use raccoon repellant to ward off raccoons, trapping is typically the more common means of removal.

How to Trap a Raccoon: Types of Raccoon Traps

There is a wide variety of types of raccoon traps available to consumers. When deciding to use traps as a means of removal, homeowners and business owners should not only familiarize themselves with how to trap a raccoon, but with the numerous options that are available as well.

·         Paw Hold Traps: These types of traps are more commonly used by trappers who are interested in trapping raccoons for their fur. While some fur trappers offer nuisance raccoon removal, it is important that consumers understand that in most cases the raccoons are shot and killed after trapping.

·         Body Grid Traps: This type of trap is rarely used by anybody other than old time fur trappers due to the fact that it is extremely difficult to use and is designed much like a large rat trap. Ultimately, this type of trap results in the raccoon being crushed. Obviously, there are better alternatives.

·         Live Cage Traps: Likely the most common type of raccoon trap used by professional pest control services and do it yourselfers alike, the live trap is used to trap raccoons with the intention of relocating them. A live cage trap consists of a metal cage with a trip pan that triggers the traps door to close when the raccoon steps on it. Since these types of traps are readily available to the public, many people purchase them with the thought that they can easily trap and remove raccoons themselves, when in fact, they may be unfamiliar with how to trap a raccoon safely and effectively.

While it may be tempting to purchase your own raccoon traps and attempt to rid yourself of these curious creatures yourself, it would be wise to familiarize yourself with the proper techniques and all aspects involved with how to trap a raccoon in order to avoid accidents and even legal problems that may arise.


Things You Should Know When Considering How to Trap a Raccoon


If you are considering the do it yourself method of trapping raccoons, there are some important things you should consider before making your final decision.

·         Familiarize yourself with the laws in your province regarding how to trap a raccoon legally. While some areas allow certain methods of trapping, do it yourself raccoon trapping is actually illegal in most areas.

·         It is important to understand that many amateurs who are unfamiliar with how to trap a raccoon face difficulty with trapping the right animal, and end up trapping neighborhood pets or other animals instead. A professional service is more familiar with how to target the right animal, and will reap better results with raccoon removal.

·         Be prepared to dispose of the raccoon, in the event that you do catch one. Many amateurs get so caught up with how to trap a raccoon that they completely forget that once caught, the raccoon will have to be relocated. Familiarize yourself with the laws in your area regarding how to trap a raccoon and relocate it legally.

Before deciding to do it yourself, it is wise to consult with your local pest control service about the ins and outs of how to trap a raccoon. Fill out or free online quote form or give us a call at 905-425-0589 and speak to a pest control specialist today!