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Trapping Raccoons With Live Traps

Raccoons outside of a house

Raccoons are everywhere. They’re one of nature’s most adaptable animals. From rural homesteads to urban jungles, you’re bound to see one eventually. This overlap with humans means they’ll inevitably become a nuisance and encroach on places they’re not welcomed. If you have an unwelcomed raccoon guest, here are some tips for capturing the pest with live traps.

Step 1: Get Yourself A Proper Live Trap

Not just any ol’ live trap will do for a raccoon. You’ll need to get your hands on one that is large enough and strong enough to get the job done. Kness Pest Defense has a specially designed raccoon trap called the Kage-All® Small Animal Trap. This live trap has dimensions of 36” x 12” x 12”, the perfect size for your trapping needs in this scenario. The Kage-All’s spring-loaded door latch ensures the door stays open until triggered by the animal or released by the operator.

Step 2: Set The Live Trap

Place your trap on even ground in areas you’ve seen raccoons or where you’ve seen signs of their activity (footprints, droppings, etc.). Raccoons are curious creatures with objects in their environment. They will tip the trap over to get any food placed in the cage. Secure your trap by placing some sort of weight on top of it.

Step 3: Place Raccoon Bait

Lucky for you, raccoons are not known to be picky eaters. That means you can experiment with different baits to see which one best suits your four-legged bandit. A few common and uncommon baits include:

  • Marshmallows
  • Fresh fruit
  • Eggs
  • Corn on the cob (sweet corn)
  • Crumpled-up tin foil (they might be curious as to what’s inside)

You could use other baits, such as meat scraps and cat food; however, with those types of food, there is a chance you could capture a non-target pest. Place the selected bait at the extreme end of the trap, opposite the entry door. A trap like Kage-All has a protected bait area to prevent outside access and directs animals to enter through the single-entry door.

Step 4: Check The Trap

Now that your trapping operation is up and running, be sure to make the rounds and check your trap regularly. It’s a great habit to get into, not only so you can replace bait if needed but also to make sure that any trapped animal can be relocated and released as soon as possible. Whether it’s a raccoon or another animal, being trapped can be stressful for the animal.

Step 5: Release The Raccoon

Before going out and finding your furry friend a new home, check with your local area and state laws regarding trapping animals and relocation. When moving a trapped raccoon, please do the following:

  • Be mindful of your movements and speak softly while handling the trap
  • Place a cloth or covering over the trap in an attempt to keep the animal calm
  • Put on some heavy-duty gloves to protect your hands while picking up the trap
  • To the best of your ability, hold the cage away from your body at all times
  • Suggest relocation distance is anywhere between 5 to 10 miles away

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