Raccoons are rather intelligent and tend to remember details that surround them, making the use of standard traps often ineffective. At the onset of discovering raccoon droppings or hearing creatures scratching behind walls, use some calculated strategies to aid in luring the creatures into an enclosure or prompting them to leave on their own.
Use A Natural Approach
Raccoons are omnivores and enjoy a diet of berries, nuts, small fish, insects, and small animals. They tend to build a habitat near a water source and they may seek a tree, a bush, or long weeds and plants as an area to remain camouflaged while they are resting. Knowing a little background information about raccoons will help you set up a trapping area that is similar to what the creatures would approach in the wild.
Humane traps — which consist of dual openings that are located at each end — dry and fresh brush, and scattered food and a water source can be used to entice the raccoons. Purchase two or more traps and use a series of long plants and weeds to drape across the bottom and the top of each trap.
Add a small shallow pan of water next to the traps and scatter food across the flooring that surrounds the trapping station. Raccoons will come out at night and may sleep most of each day. After setting up your trapping area, you will need to inspect the cages at the beginning of each day.
Provide A Way Out And Clean Up
On some occasions, raccoons may become active during the daytime. This may be especially true during times that raccoons are in search of food or are woken up by a lot of noise. If these pests are located within your home or business, leave a door open during the daytime hours. Any fresh breeze that enters the premises may help a raccoon find its way back outdoors.
If the traps that you use are effective in capturing the rest of the raccoons, a removal service that deals with wildlife relocation efforts can be contacted for assistance with transporting the creatures from your property. You will also want to sanitize flooring and steam clean carpeting or any other surfaces that raccoons walked across. Inspect wiring and fixture to ensure that no damage was caused. Keep your property securely locked, including the closing of doors and windows. This will prevent other raccoons from entering. For more information, contact a raccoon removal service.