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Any Suggestions On Getting Rid Of Raccoons?  
User currently offline22right From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 420 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 1 month 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6313 times:

Help!!! A freaking raccoon has decided to use a window well underneath our deck as convenient place to sleep. I have already called animal control and they laid a trap. Over the past few days, the trap caught 2 possums and another raccoon (but i think the raccoon who originally triggered the whole trap business is still free).

What are some options to get rid of those damn buggers? Or is trapping (and subsequent destruction) the only option?


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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6599 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6311 times:
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Try rat-posion. Works every time.

User currently offline22right From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 420 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6307 times:



Quoting AR385 (Reply 1):
Try rat-posion. Works every time.

What if the animal decides to crawl under my deck and die after consuming the rat poison? My deck is very low to the ground and only way to get rid of a carcass would be to rip out the boards and re-build the deck.



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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6599 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days ago) and read 6298 times:
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Quoting 22right (Reply 2):
What if the animal decides to crawl under my deck and die after consuming the rat poison?

IIRC, rat poison works by eliminating the ability of the blood to coagulate. Thus, it's far more likely that the animal mummifies rather than decompose. So no smell there, but I'm not that sure. You can always try to fish out the carcass with a pole or hook?


User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2046 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days ago) and read 6299 times:

Why do you want to get rid of the raccoon? I have one under my roof, we get along just fine.


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User currently offlineTPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 3 days ago) and read 6284 times:

Had one in my attic a couple of years ago. Rented a "have-a-heart" (live capture) trap..and baited it with cat food.
Caught the neighbor's cat..then nothing. On the day before the trap was to be returned ,called the trap guy. He said that while most people love a cup of coffee in the morning, he can't stand the stuff..and to try changing the bait. Used a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup..and nabbed rhe critter. I'd suggest that once you're rid of the problem..you make sure that
points of entry to your house are well-sealed. Our critter got into the attic by climbing a shrub..then getting through the screening in the soffit.
Good luck..
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User currently offlineRadarbeam From Canada, joined Mar 2002, 1310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6279 times:

.22LR or .17 HMR should do the trick.

User currently offlineGraphic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6276 times:

Why go through the trouble if its not hurting anything? They can be pretty effective at pest control.

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26795 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6267 times:



Quoting Graphic (Reply 7):
Why go through the trouble if its not hurting anything?

Raccoons can be pretty nasty animals, so they aren't exactly the pest control I would want around. A cat is at least as effective, a lot nicer to be around and don't carry rabies.

As to taking car of the critter, ever think of borrowing someone's alligator  Silly



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User currently offlineType-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6239 times:

Put a cover or screen over the place the raccoon enters. Hopefully, it will go somewhere else. Or you could call a pest control company who will relocate it to some forested area.
Raccoons can be pretty nasty. They have claws like razors and can actually kill a dog the size of a Labrador. Cornering them seems to trigger this kind of defense. Fortunately, they tend to shy away from humans.


User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2876 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6234 times:



Quoting AR385 (Reply 3):
mummifies rather than decompose

That would be interesting I think.

Personally, not to harm the raccoon, but shoot BB's at it. It doesn't hurt it, but it deters it from coming back. Hell, I wouldn't want to go somewhere where I constantly got shot at.



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User currently offlineMham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3723 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6222 times:



Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 9):
Or you could call a pest control company who will relocate it to some forested area.

No pest company is going to relocate it. Raccoons are pack animals and territorial. Relocating a coon is the same as signing its death warrant - a slow cruel death. It is also illegal in most, if not all jurisdictions.
It's thought that 25% of all raccoons carry a disease (whos name I've forgotten) that will infect pets and children. A parasite that is carried through its feces. You really don't want this around.
You


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26795 posts, RR: 75
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6217 times:



Quoting Mham001 (Reply 11):
It's thought that 25% of all raccoons carry a disease (whos name I've forgotten) that will infect pets and children. A parasite that is carried through its feces. You really don't want this around.

Baylisascaris procyonis, a type of Roundworm



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User currently offlineDC10extender From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 617 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6216 times:

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User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6213 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 12):
Baylisascaris procyonis, a type of Roundworm

how the hell did you know that? BTW, are racoons primarily scavengers?



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26795 posts, RR: 75
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6210 times:



Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 14):

how the hell did you know that?

The wonders of Google  Wink



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User currently offlineUH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6200 times:

People are joking about it: but a serious answer is simply shooting them.

I have the same problem, except at the worse point we had about 10 of them around the house every night. They were eating the bird seeds on my wife's bird feeders.

First I tried scaring them away. No luck.

Then I tried "racoon-proofing" the bird feeders. No luck.

Then I tried trapping them, and relocating them far way. It worked, but they kept coming back! No luck.

Then I considered electrifying the traps, or electrifying the poles the feeders are attached to them. But my wife vetoed it.

SO.... I shoot them dead. I killed 4 of them, and the rest learned their lessons and no longer come around. The first time I shot one, I heard it on the back deck, ran upstairs and grabbed the first gun in my gun locker. I shot the thing with a 7.62 round. Big mistake. A red mist was all that remained. Plus the neighbor sh*t a brick. So the other four I took out with my Glock 9mm. With the Glock Tactical Light attached, it blinds the animals and creates a perfect motionless target. The second night I killed three in the space of 4 seconds. None of the rest ever returned.



-UH60


User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5122 posts, RR: 28
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6173 times:

We used to leave cat food outside our deck for a stray cat that we were feeding. One night, I reached over to pet the kitty as the kitty ate the food. The hair felt different. I looked down, and it was a friggin raccoon. I about broke my leg trying to run into the house. The raccoon just stood there looking at me like I was a dumb ass, and continued eating. I watched it out my window, and realized how lucky I was not to have gotten bitten or scratched up.

We removed the food, and we caught the stray cat and gave it away. We still see raccoons every now and then, but they don't cause us any issues. I would suggest the screen idea mentioned above. I have known people that have had raccoons as pets.... Not quite my idea of a house pet if you ask me.


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User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6162 times:

One of these usually does the trick. 3...2...1... Cue the PETA bleeding harts

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User currently offline22right From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 420 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6149 times:

Thanks for all your suggestions. Unfortunately, the shoot 'em idea is not going to work since I dont have any guns and dont intend to buy one.

I guess my best bet is to wait for this particular raccoon to get caught in the trap that the animal control guys have set up and then put a screen over the entrances into the area under the deck. Where can I find such screens and what do they look like?



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User currently offlineORFflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6144 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 8):
Raccoons can be pretty nasty animals,

If provoked - but normally are fairly benign and don't bother anything.

Quoting Mham001 (Reply 11):
You really don't want this around.

I don't know - if it's causing problems like damaging your property or other pets, sure, get rid of it. We have a family of them living in the trees out back. We save all the table scraps and leave them outside every night for them. We've even sat outside within 10 - 15 feet while they ate. Afterwards, I started throwing them peanuts that we feed to the squirrels. They are nearly pets to us nowadays.

Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 14):
are racoons primarily scavengers?

 yes 

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 18):
Cue the PETA bleeding harts

I'm far from a PETA supporter, but unless they are damaging something, why bother getting rid of them?


PETA - People Eating Tasty Animals.  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineMham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3723 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6141 times:



Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 20):
I don't know - if it's causing problems like damaging your property or other pets, sure, get rid of it. We have a family of them living in the trees out back. We save all the table scraps and leave them outside every night for them. We've even sat outside within 10 - 15 feet while they ate. Afterwards, I started throwing them peanuts that we feed to the squirrels. They are nearly pets to us nowadays.

You will live to regret that. They will get quite aggressive if you ever stop feeding them and in fact what you are doing is generally illegal.


User currently offlineUH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6137 times:



Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 18):

No way!!! That round will simply punch in and out of that animal, and continue to go god knows where. Way too small and fast of a round.

It'll be like the same mistake I made, when I shot the first one with my M1! Except at least the M1 hits with a decent round, the .223 is a pitifully small round... it travels so fast, and is so small, it doesn't do a lot of damage.

But I think you and I have the same general idea: shoot the damn things.

-UH60


User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6134 times:



Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 20):
I'm far from a PETA supporter, but unless they are damaging something, why bother getting rid of them?

I don't go around shooting animals for the fun of it but if it is causing a problem it has to go.


User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2876 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6134 times:



Quoting 22right (Reply 19):
Where can I find such screens and what do they look like?

Any home improvement store will have them, and look like screen for windows and such. Personally, I'd buy chicken wire since its tough and cheap, but may not be tough enough to keep things out, but may provide enough deterrent so it doesn't feel like coming back.



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25 Mham001 : Nobody has mentioned electric fence chargers. They put out a low voltage, high amperage alternating currrent. This means it won't kill anything but wi
26 Post contains links and images UH60FtRucker : Lowes Home Improvement for $49.99. Place some food - preferably smelly food - in the far end of the trap, rig the trap door.... and when the critter
27 Post contains images Queso : You of all people should have known better than that. I would have only taken 2 seconds if you'd have been shooting a Sig! ...or maybe a revolver....
28 Post contains images UH60FtRucker : Pfff! At night, with 4 in motion targets, all moving in a scattered direction... ~4 seconds is decent! Yeah I know. I didn't expect them to remain si
29 Post contains images ORFflyer : Doubt it..... I'm not real concerned about an aggressive raccoon, IF it should get to that point. And how is anything illegal? I'll shoot a opossum d
30 BigOrange : Ask your local vet or humane society if there is a wildlife rehabilitator in your area that will catch it humanely and let it loose somewhere nearby,
31 Mham001 : Willfully feeding wildlife is illegal in most if not all jurisdictions, and for very good reasons. You are having a detrimental effect on the balance
32 Post contains images ORFflyer : No way. I don't think you have a clue as to what you are talking about. You're going to have to back that up with some sources. You don't have a clue
33 Arrow : True, but the poison also makes the animal thirsty as hell, so it will go looking for water and probably not make it back. We have rat traps outside
34 BigOrange : Ask your local vet or humane society if there is a wildlife rehabilitator in your area that will catch it humanely and let it loose somewhere nearby,
35 AR385 : Not to mention the obesity problems created, that will eventually results in animals morbidly obese, lazy, with all sort of metabolic problems in the
36 NeilYYZ : I had raccoons in the attic of my house second year of university so I tossed a couple of these on the roof. Problem was, it caught them, but they we
37 Post contains links N74JW : http://www.flickr.com/photos/3dphoto/406154191/ Raccoons are a freaking pain.
38 N1120A : It doesn't take much to provoke them.
39 Post contains links Mham001 : I don't have time to look at every jurisdiction but a google search 'feeding wildlife' produces two states on the first page. Lots of other interesti
40 N74JW : Not in my experience. A small family of raccoons used to raid my trash cans every Thursday night. Damn if they were not the most crafty at getting al
41 AR385 : When I first arrived in the US, in Charlottesville, Virginia, for my Graduate Degree, the first night there I went for groceries. My apartment was a w
42 ORFflyer : " target=_blank>http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/...e.asp But it is NOT prohibited by law as you stated..... I don't fail to understand anything.
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