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Raccoon Control Methods

Of all animal pests, homeowners and gardeners alike fear Raccoons the most. Limited ways to control raccoons, the potential for rabies, and the nuisance they cause, are the big reasons why no one wants a raccoon in their neighborhood or garden.

Smart, adaptable, and with opposing thumbs, they are a real real pest around the yard and garden. They make themselves very much at home in suburban and urban areas. Primarily nocturnal creatures, they enjoy many garden vegetables and fruits. They will forage around trash cans and garbage, in search for food. They will even go after your bird feeder.

Despite being a nuisance, the potential for rabies in raccoons causes us the most fear.

If a Raccoon decides to take up residence in your area, no doubt you will want it gone in a hurry.

Raccoon Lifestyle and Habitat:

Found throughout North America, Raccoons live 10 - 13 years,. They are normally 10 - 30 pounds, but can grow up to 45 pounds. Raccoons are commonly described as intelligent and curious creatures. They can also be sociable..... within the raccoon family.

Raccoons are generally nocturnal (awake and active at night). On occasion, they can be seen during daytime. The presence of a raccoon acting normally during daylight hours, does not mean it is rabid. However, if it is seen as acting strangely, then you should assume it is rabid, and contact your local animal control authority immediately.

Raccoons prefer a home in a tree cavity. But, they are known to take up residence in many manmade structures, including sheds and the attic of houses.

Raccoons are not true hibernators. They are less active in winter months, but will come out on occasion during warm spells. Females will have a litter of 1-6 babies in April or May. The babies will stay with their mother until Fall.  

Raccoon Diet:

Raccoons will eat almost anything. Put some leftover food scraps out in an unsecured trash can, and they will likely find it and eat it.

In the wild, raccoons diet is quite varied, too. They will eat many garden vegetables, fruit from your fruit trees, nuts, fish, shellfish, frogs, eggs, insects, worms, and even snakes. You may find them snacking from your bird feeder, too.

Raccoon Control Methods:

The methods of controlling raccoons is limited. Raccoons are climbers, so fences and screens are of little use. They will chew through plastic garden netting.

Here are some Raccoon control methods that will help you to get rid of them:

1. Trapping: Hav-a-hart traps are an effective means of capturing raccoons. Once they are trapped many towns will take them away for you.

Best bait: Try sardines and watermelon. They find this combination hard to resist.

Important: Before you trap any animals, make sure to check your local laws. Many localities allow you to trap animals and pests. Your local Animal Control Department may even supply the trap. But, you are not allowed to transfer or release an animal into another area. In this case, your Animal Control Department must be notified for Raccoon removal.

3. Hunting:  If you can hunt in your area, this will obviously work..... if you are a good shot. Check local laws, for rules and regulations.

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