Making a homemade raccoon traps are fairly easy; all you need is a sturdy wooden plank and a tall barrel or trash can. Use a barrel with a smooth interior so the animal cant grip once trapped inside.
Place the barrel upright next to a picnic table or a flat surface taller than the opening of the barrel. Pour water into the barrel until it’s about 1/3 full but use your discretion. The idea is not to drown the coon but rather to get it wet. The water will make its fur wet and heavy and its claws slippery so it can’t climb out of the barrel.
Next, place a 2-by-4 halfway on the table or flat surface and halfway over the barrel. Ensure that one edge of the board is hanging exactly in the middle of the barrel opening. Place bait such as marshmallows or peanut butter on the edge of the plank hanging over the barrel. Do not use meat bait to avoid attracting neighborhood pets.
The raccoon should walk across the plank to reach the bait and tip over the wood and into the barrel. Again, make sure that the water is just enough to make the coon wet and not to drown it. Check the trap regularly until you have caught the animal.
Why Homemade Raccoon Trap is a Bad Idea
Most people believe that trapping raccoons is humane but this is only the case in the hands of a professional. Watching a raccoon exhaust itself to death while attempting to escape a trap is a heart wrenching event. There is also the obvious risk of drowning the raccoon, or exposing it to cold weather and predators especially if you do not inspect the trap often.
Many raccoon removal experts in Canada prefer exclusion or humane eviction and will only trap the animal if there is no other alternative. Trapping the animal also doesn’t solve the problem of how it got in your property in the first place so you can expect more in future.
Hire a professional raccoon removal company to take care of the raccoon problem. The service also includes raccoon-proofing your property so the animals don’t come back. Keep in mind that it is illegal to transport wildlife for more than a kilometer without a permit. Only a professional can remove raccoons safely and permanently.