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Raccoon Trapping: How To Trap A Raccoon

Raccoon Trapping: How To Trap A Raccoon

Raccoons are cute furry Waco animals that can easily become a nuisance if they invade your home or yard. While the best way is to prevent them from getting inside your home, you may consider trapping and relocating them if they have already found residence in your Texas house or garden. It is not very easy, but it is better to trap and relocate them than to kill the small animal. Trapping requires some knowledge on the cage, the bait and how to set everything up.

You must look for a cage that is large enough for trapping the Texas animal successfully. There are a lot of cages available online, and you may want to check the dimensions before buying one. The different types of traps are:

1. Body Grip Traps – These traps kill the Waco raccoon. They are set at a place where the raccoon usually comes like a hole which leads into an attic. When the raccoon steps over them, it snaps down on the animal and chokes it to death. This kind of a trap is difficult to use and is not animal friendly.

2. Paw Hold Traps – This traps clamps down the raccoons paw so that it cannot move until the trapper arrives. It is usually used by fur trappers who eventually kill the Texas animal.

3. Live Cage Trap – This is one of the most commonly used traps. Waco Homeowners prefer this type of trap because they are easier to use and set up. These are large metal cages which the animal enters when it is attracted by food inside the cage. The back of the cage has a trip pan which triggers the trap door shut once the raccoon steps on the trip pan. This type of cage is available in hardware stores.

The bait does not matter much because racoons love to scavenge and can eat just about anything, but a meat-based bait is considered to be better. When you use a meat based bait, you may end up attracting other animals like opossums, skunks and cats too. Other baits that can work well are white bread and marshmallows. Use a trail of the bait to lure the raccoon into the cage and make sure that the bait is kept till the end of the cage so that the Texas raccoon can step on the trip pan. While you can do it yourself, trapping raccoons is best left with Waco professionals who know exactly what they are up against.

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