As always, dealing with any form of wildlife can be extremely dangerous.  Your first action must always be to contact a professional to help you deal with the problem. But unfortunately, this is not always possible, and sometimes you must handle the issue yourself. This can be extremely hard to pull off properly, so you must ensure to read as much as you can on the subject before attempting any type of trapping or removal yourself.

The following are step-by-step guides on removing raccoons from your house and/or surrounding areas.

RACCOONS IN YOUR HOUSE OR ATTIC

  1. Search through your entire house, both inside and out, to find any entrances the raccoons might be using to get inside.  Most often the raccoons will be in your attic, but you must ensure there are no passageways or hiding spots hidden under your nose.
  2. Enter and inspect the attic.  This can be extremely dangerous, so you must take appropriate precautions in case you run into an aggressive raccoon parent. Don’t expose skin, bring a flashlight, and preferably have someone else as a backup. You need to figure out whether or not there is a litter of babies living in your house already.
  3. If there are babies, you will need to set up a trap for the adult raccoon using a divider cage. Carefully read the instructions for your trap divider cage so you can fully understand how it works. Then very carefully place the babies in it, so you can trap the mother with them when she comes for them.
  4. Once they are trapped, you must take them as far away from your house as possible to prevent them from making their way back. You can bring them to some sort of animal preserve or shelter.
  5. Repair and fill in any holes you found that were used by the raccoons to enter your house. Clean up your attic thoroughly to remove all fur, leftovers, and feces. Spray the area with an enzyme cleaner. You must be as efficient as possible with the cleaning, as any leftovers can attract new raccoons, insects, and other animals, as well as cause house-damaging mold and dangerous diseases.

TRAPPING RACCOONS IN YOUR LAWN OR GARDEN

The general idea is the same as above, except you have to use a different type of trap, as well as hide it well for outside usage. You must also try to find other alternatives to trapping first, to save you any hassle in case the animal leaves on its own.

  • Using repellents is much easier than trapping.
  • Use the right type of trap and bait for each trap. Raccoons can vary in both size and intention towards your yard and house.
  • Do not use meat as a trap. This will attract almost any other animal in the area, in addition to the raccoon. You don’t want to complicate the situation further.