Raccoons are considered scavenger animals meaning they will take food wherever they find it. In this day and age that usually means right out of trash cans from homes or businesses. Unfortunately while attempting to get the trash they can cause the trash can to tip over causing a mess. Raccoons that eat the trash out of a homes trash can can also become almost domesticated, meaning they will hang around that home. This can cause problems especially if there are family pets as the pets may clash with the raccoons. This can also be dangerous to family members as raccoons will attack if they feel threatened by an aggressor. Raccoons have been known to carry rabies therefore it is in everyones best interest to make sure you get raccoons away from your house and out of your trash. However what is the best way to get raccoons out and away from your trash?
Well one of the only ways your going to succeed in keeping the raccoons away is to use traps. The standard raccoon trap is going to be made out of metal wiring in a box shape. The box will be open on one side and closed on the other. In the middle the trap will have a pressure pad that when the raccoon steps on it will cause the open side to close shut, effectively trapping the raccoon inside. Now for this to work properly you are going to have to place the raccoon trap bait on the far side of the trap as to make sure the raccoon steps on the pressure plate activating the trap.
Of course for the trap to work effectively you are going to need to make sure you use bait that will lure the raccoon into your trap. Now raccoons will eat almost anything however what I find to be most effective is suprisingly cat food. The raccoons seems to go crazy over this stuff and in the last month alone I have trapped 8 raccoons with cat food. Another factor you are going to have to take into account when trapping the raccoons is securing the other food source. If the raccoon has a choice of either the trap food or the food in the trash can it may choose either one. However if you secure the trash can food in a place where the raccoon cant get it you have forced the raccoon to go after the food in the trap, making it a lot more likely that you will catch yourself a raccoon.
Now that you have successfully trapped the raccoons that were getting into your trash you are going to have to decide what to do with it. You have two choices here either to kill it or take it for a ride far away from your home and let it go there. Either way works. If you are going to take the raccoon away from your home I suggest bringing it at least ten miles away. Raccoons have been known to go back to a food source that is up to five miles away, therefore it you bring it the full ten you should be pretty safe it making sure the raccoon will not make another appearance in your trash can. If you decide to kill the raccoon there are companies that will do the killing of the raccoon and take it away for you if you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself. I hope after reading this page you will be able to get rid of any raccoons that are attacking your trash and home.