Raccoon traps can be an effective way of dealing with these furry menaces. If you find raccoons in your yard, raiding your garbage bins, or in your attic, you've probably been angered and frustrated with conventional methods. Perhaps you've tried raccoon repellents, bungie corded your garbage can lids, and put up fencing to no avail. You might consider traps as a means of getting rid of them. Though raccoon trapping and can be done by almost anyone, it is important to be properly informed about choosing the correct trap and using it safely.

Types of Raccoon Traps

There are three primary types of raccoon traps available: live cage traps, paw hold traps, and body grip traps. Live cage traps are the best type of raccoon traps. The others are generally used by professional hunters, and are lethal - and quite inhumane. This is not necessary for trapping and relocating a raccoon that is causing problems on your property.

Live cage raccoon traps are usually rectangular metal cages. These raccoon traps must be at least 32 inches long and 12 inches high in order to ensure that a raccoon entering the trap is able to move about freely and not accidentally trigger the trap prematurely. Bait is placed at the back of the trap, underneath a release trigger strategically located to fire when the raccoon approaches the bait. This type of cage is an effective way to get rid of raccoons, and to do so without causing undue harm.

Setting up Live Cage Raccoon Traps

Though live cage raccoon traps are fairly easy to set up, there are certain factors you should consider to maximize your chances of success. Never place the trap randomly in hopes of catching your target. Raccoon traps are great for catching raccoons, but also neighborhood cats, rabbits, squirrels, and opossum. Catching a neighbor's pet is gotten more than one individual into legal trouble, and is something you want to avoid. Also, be warned that leaving raccoon traps in the open can cause problems for a captured animal, such as heatstroke or dehydration. Checking traps frequently is a good practice.

It is also possible, even likely, that that you capture a raccoon that was not your intended target, but entered your property to investigate the bait. Placing raccoon traps in attics or garages, where other animals are less likely to be, is a good idea. This is, of course, assuming the offending raccoon is living or frequenting that area.

Often a raccoon which has made your attic its home is going to or has given birth. Be sure to thoroughly check for baby raccoons if you plan on trapping a raccoon in your attic. Decomposing young somewhere within your walls will probably be a much bigger problem than the mother raccoon ever was.

Raccoon traps are just one of many avenues of action in response to these pests. To improve your odds of success, you should check out some additional raccoon deterrents.