When raccoons set up house in your home or yard, it can be difficult to remove them. Raccoons are famous for setting up nests and dens in attics in order to have and protect their young. There are many different types of raccoon traps to use when you decide to remove the raccoons.
Lethal vs. Live Raccoon Traps
The first thing you need to decide is whether you want to keep the raccoons alive or kill them during the removal process. Using a live-cage raccoon trap that allows you to release them into the wild is more humane and less messy than lethal traps.
If you do not mind a lethal trap, you can use the sort of contraption that fur trappers once used. Choose a body-grip trap, which has a spring function that snaps down on the raccoon as soon as it is activated, killing the animal. Think of a giant mousetrap. You could also choose a trap that grabs the raccoon’s paw, holding the entire animal in place. While this type of trap is also lethal, it does not kill the raccoon immediately. It holds the animal in place until you discover it. These traps will work as soon as the bothersome raccoons come across them. However, if you want to trap raccoons without killing them, there are alternatives.
The traps that catch raccoons alive are the most commonly used traps. Homeowners use them to remove the pests themselves, and professional trappers use them to help their clients get rid of raccoons in a clean and humane fashion. These traps look like large cages. They are usually made of metal, and raccoons are often lured inside with food. If you choose to use a live-capture trap, be sure to check it several times per day. You do not want to leave the raccoon inside the trap for too long. There are metal traps designed to help you remove entire raccoon families. If you trap the baby raccoons first, the mother will be easy to lure into the trap.
With several different types of raccoon traps on the market, you need to decide what will work best for you. Talk to people who have had success in getting raccoons out of their homes, and ask for recommendations on the traps they used. Do not hesitate to call in a raccoon removal specialist for help in catching and removing raccoons if you are unsure how to do it yourself. You will also want to check with local laws and ordinances regarding capturing raccoons because it can be against the law in several areas.