Raccoon Traps Effective If Legal

Raccoon traps may not be legal in all parts of the United States, but when struggling with a raccoon infestation, it may be the most effective solution. These wild animals can be destructive and even dangerous to your pets and family members as they are known carriers of rabies and other dangerous diseases.  Once detected, it is very important to eradicate them as quickly as possible.

They are quite large animals which can grow up to three feet long and weigh as much as 50 pounds.  They have distinguishing markings, such as the rings on their tails and a mask around their eyes. They typically mate during the winter and begin their nocturnal explorations in the spring after the arrival of their litter. For food, they commonly overturn garbage cans and enter homes through pet doors.  Though they prefer the hollows of a tree for shelter, they will seek refuge in attics, crawlspaces, barns, and roof overhangs. The damage to your home can be substantial and quite costly when they are through.

Whether used alone or in combination with other pest control methods, a raccoon trap can be quick and very effective. It is important to check the legality of such actions first. This cage style trap should be placed in a known travel path and baited with any type of food to lure them in. Once caught, they must be released a good distance from your home to ensure that they won’t find their way back. Cleaning up your yard and home of any shelter, food, or water sources and sealing any possible entry ways will help prevent these creatures from moving back in. Critter repellents are also useful for this purpose.

For information on the best legal means of dealing with these cute but undesirable roommates, contact a do it yourself pest control company. With a little dedication on your part and their help and knowledge flea control, lawn pest control, and every other kind of varmint control will be yours.