Trapping Raccoons

Allstate Animal Control raccoon trap attached to soffit to catch a raccoon living in the attic.

We have specialized traps for catching raccoons.

Trapping raccoons can be a fairly simple task, if you know what you're doing and if the animal cooperates.  However, there are always those situations where an animal behaves unpredictably.  These times require a little creativity, or at least measures that are not typical.

1. The Plain Vanilla Scenario

When my technicians and I set out to trap raccoons, we typically use heavy steel cage traps with a strong latch.  We also have specialized chimney traps, which are designed to catch an animal as it exits a chimney.  Both of these devices catch the animal alive and do not hurt it.  They are fairly commonplace devices amongst animal control pros.

2. When There is a Family

If there are baby animals involved, then we have to do something different.  Babies may not be strong enough to climb up the chimney or to the roof or wherever the raccoon trap is located.  Generally babies have to be caught at the nest site.  Sometimes we are able to catch the babies by hand; other times we use a truly fascinating technique that enables us to use the mother's instincts to get her to take the young away herself.  This method is a fantastic blend of science and nature that you must witness to believe.

3. Trap-Shy Animals

Catching raccoons that have been caught previously is more difficult because they will be trap-shy.  This makes it a little trickier, but so far we have never found a raccoon we were unable to catch. 

4. Choosing a Location

The location of the trap depends on the animal's previous behavior and locations.  We lay our snares out of the sun, so as not to fry the little critter.  We also keep them away from any objects the raccoon might be able to reach from the inside (wires, screens, etc.), because they are very destructive.  Sometimes we lay traps outside on the ground, other times on the roof or chimney or another place entirely.  My technicians can usually determine the best locations from the initial inspection.

5. As a Last Resort

If necessary, we will use a snare pole for catching raccoons.  This is an aluminum rod with a loop on the end that extends down the pole.  We loop the animal's neck, then tighten it enough to hold it securely.  Snare poles are dangerous to use, and we don't if we can avoid it.  The danger is that the animal, feeling threatened, may decide to attack.  Cages are much better for controlling the animal, and do not frighten it so badly.

6. The Last Word

In the end, the method used is not nearly as important as just getting the animal away from your property.  Raccoons carry parasites (Raccoon Roundworm) and diseases (rabies, canine distemper.)  They are also extremely messy and do a lot of damage.  To protect your health and your property, contact me.  I am an experienced animal removal professional, and I can help you solve this problem in a humane and legal manner.