I am often asked “How do I get rid of raccoons” The only real means of getting rid of raccoons is through trapping and removal of the animals. If you’ve got raccoons in your attic, it’s important that the wildlife control operator search for a litter of baby raccoons, and remove them by hand before trapping and removing the female raccoon. If it’s just raccoons outside causing trouble, they can be trapped and removed, but beware, they’ll often dig and grab anything within a few inches of the cage trap. There are also some lethal raccoon traps, but they’re not often used or even legal in all states. Customers often ask us how to trap a raccoon and want us to provide information on raccoon trapping tips. The truth is raccoon removal and trapping should be left to professionals.

Raccoons have a very strong smelling urine that is can sometimes be detected from within the house, not to mention their feces, which is also very foul and strong smelling.  They tear through insulation, matting it down, and causing energy loss.  They destroy attic fans, roof vents, gable vents, and more.  They also chew holes through any bare wood.  They cause biohazardous conditions with their urine, feces, and capabilities of carrying a host of parasites and diseases, including mites, lice, fleas, worms, viruses, mange, rabies, and distemper, some of which can be transmitted to humans and pets.

How Do I get Rid of Raccoons

We trap and remove the nuisance raccoons, and once all of the animals are caught, we can inspect the attic for damage; which we offer complete attic insulation services to thoroughly remove all of the insulation, disinfect and deodorize the area, install new insulation, and repair raccoon damage.  Most often these are covered by homeowner’s insurance.

Eliminate Whatever Is Attracting Them: If they’re coming to your house because you leave cat food outside, take the cat food inside. If they’re coming for your garbage can, strap the lid down with bungee cords. If they want your goldfish, put a concrete block in the water for the fish to hide under. Whatever draws them to the property, eliminate it.

Secure Your House: If they’re getting into your house in some way, such as through a doggie-door, secure it, at least for a while until the raccoon gives up on that area. If they are in the attic, identify all the vulnerable areas that they can use to get in, and seal them up – with steel and bolts, if possible. However, if you have raccoons in the attic, you must get them out and gone before you seal things up, of course.

Trap and Remove Them:  Call Wildlife Abatement so we can trap and remove the raccoons. It’s illegal in many states to relocate raccoons, because they are rabies vectors. You must do so here on private land that you have permission to relocate on. Remember, relocated raccoons want to get back to their original territory, so you should bring them at least ten miles – yes, ten miles – from the capture site.

Use Raccoon Repellents: I’m joking. There’s no such thing as effective raccoon repellents. Yeah yeah, your Aunt Mary swears that if you put out mothballs, the raccoons will go away. Try it. Put out 100 pounds of mothballs, and when it doesn’t change the animal’s behavior in any way, try something else. The same goes for ammonia soaked rags, ultrasonic high-pitch noise machines, strobing lights, coyote urine, or any of the other gimmicks out there. It does not get rid of raccoons.

Hire a Pro: I’m not just touting my skills or supporting the industry. Raccoon removal is usually not a do-it-yourself type thing, any more than plumbing or electrical work. It’s often dangerous, and there’s usually very specific laws surrounding wildlife capture and transportation. Are you legally licensed to trap? Are you inoculated against rabies? Do you know the difference between a lactating female raccoon and a male? Do you know how to target the proper animal and not catch the neighbor’s cat? I’ve seen so many failures by homeowners, and most of the time, they’re not making just one small mistake, they’re making ten mistakes. Wrong type of trap, set in the wrong place in the wrong way with the wrong bait, targeting the wrong animal, etc. When researching how to get rid of raccoons, please be aware that professionals exist for a reason, and it’s often a very good idea to use them and get the problem taken care of correctly and legally.

Please contact Wildlife Abatement at (318)553-3006 if you suspect you have a raccoon problem.  If you are unsure what type of animal is causing your wildlife problem, we will be able to tell you upon our thorough and expert inspection.