How to Get Rid of Raccoons
Getting rid of raccoons takes an integrated approach; applying several control methods at once will give you better success at eliminating raccoons and keeping them away. Below, Havahart® provides step-by-step instructions to help you get rid of raccoons, as well as other useful trapping and repelling information.
1Remove Food and Water
Raccoons invade your yard or home in search of food. Make your yard less inviting and your raccoon control plan more successful by eliminating any potential food sources.
Remove trash and secure garbage bins.
Clean up fallen berries, nuts, fruits, bird seed, etc.
Clean up any leftover food, drinks or pet food.
2Identify Areas of Damage
Knowing where your raccoon is spending most of its time and pinpointing the damage will help you target your control method.
Popular raccoon activities include:
- invading your attic
- eating your crops
- stealing fish from your pond
- living underneath your porch
- raiding your trash cans
- attacking your bird feed
3Choose the Right Control Method
Once you've identified where your raccoons are frequenting, you will be able to choose a control method. It's important to note that the more layers of defense you have against raccoons, the better your chances are at getting rid of them and keeping them off your property.
- Wearing gloves, properly position your trap.
- Bait your trap so that the raccoon must fully enter the trap and step on the trigger plate.
- Set your trap and check it frequently. Don't allow a raccoon to remain inside the cage for an extended period of time.
For more information, read How to Trap Raccoons »
Use a repellent to keep raccoons out of frequented areas or keep them off of objects and surfaces.
- Sprinkle granular repellents to create a barrier around particular areas.
- Spray liquid repellents onto surfaces like trash cans and bird feeders for more targeted protection.
Raccoons are persistant, so it may take several weeks before they associate a repellent with your protected areas and surfaces.
For more information, read How to Repel Raccoons »
Use an electronic repellent to frighten raccoons and condition them to stay out of any area. Electronic water sprinklers are chemical-free and can be used to protect:
- vegetable gardens
- mulch beds
- pool areas
- koi ponds
- garbage cans
Electronics are low-maintentance and a great alternative to traditional liquid and granular repellents.
For more information, read Why Electronics »
This may not be the most visually appealing option; however, using a fence to prevent raccoons can be highly effective control method.
- Maintain by trimming surrounding grass and weeds, and test the fence periodically.
Because of their intelligence and the dexterity of their paws, raccoons can climb over, dig under and even unlatch traditional gates or fences.
Employing multiple raccoon control products will provide the most effective defense.
Periodically wash your trash bins to minimize raccoon attractants.
Leaving food and water around can attract wildlife. Be sure to keep areas around your house clean and spotless.
Before operating a live trap, get to know your local trapping and relocating laws.