How to Catch a Raccoon in 6 Short Steps

Raccoons may look like cute, furry friends from a distance, but up close they can be both irritating and dangerous. Not only will they eat your crops and rummage through your garbage, but raccoons may also bite and scratch, transferring diseases. Read on to learn how to trap raccoons around your home.

Step 1 - Research

First spend some time searching on the Internet to find out about the regulations and laws in your state. There are a number of different effective types of raccoon traps available. Not all of these traps will be suitable for use in all states because they won't all be legal everywhere.

Step 2 - Buying a Trap

Buy or rent a trap, preferably a "live trap" that won't kill the animal. If you don't anticipate having to use the trap terribly often, rent a trap from your local pest removal provider.

Step 3 - Find Active Tracks

Take a look over the area where the raccoon moves looking for any footprints or droppings. You want to be able to find out where the raccoon is moving so that you will be able to catch them easily. Raccoons are very crafty animals and they can tip the trap over. It's important to choose a location against a solid object so that the trap can not be tipped.

Step 4 - Setting the Trap

Next, set up the trap and arm it in the location that you have chosen. Make the trap attractive to raccoons by using some form of bait, like canned tuna, marshmallows or possibly peanut butter. Put this on the lever that triggers the trap. Weigh the trap down with a large brick so that the raccoon can not tip the trap over.

Raccoons are actually quite easy to trap because they are quite confident animals. They won't be put off by the smell of human scents.

Step 5 - Checking the Trap

You must check the trap every 24 hours to ensure that you don't make the animal suffer too much. This is actually a legal requirement in most states—and even if it's not required by law, it's still a humane practice. The raccoons will normally be caught during the night which is why you should check the trap during the morning.

If you do trap a raccoon, never put your hands hear it. While the animal might look cute, it can be very aggressive.

Step 6 - Dealing with Raccoons

Once you've caught the raccoon, you then have an option to decide what to do. You can either kill the pest so that it never causes you a problem again, or alternatively you can release them back into the wild if you prefer. Once you have gotten rid of the one raccoon, you take steps to find a way of preventing them from coming back.