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You may think that a raccoon is a rather cute animal, that does not mean that you want it around your home. Not only will raccoons attack you if you attempt to get close to them, but you also have the concern that many of these animals carry diseases that are quite dangerous to you. Scientists propose that about 20% of all raccoons carry rabies, which if you were to contract this disease could eventually lead to death if not treated right away. It is for this reason that you want to do all you can to keep a raccoon away from your home.
The problem is that these are not the easiest animals to be able to deter. Once they have found a food source or they have figured out a way to use your home as their own shelter then they can be a real handful to try to get rid of. This is why you have to be smart about how to resolve your issue, and that most likely is to capture the raccoon and take it to another location.
You may think this is a great idea, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a trap to be able to do this. Fortunately, there is a way that you can resolve your rat problem without really spending any money at all, so here is how to make a raccoon trap.
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Where you want to begin is by getting a simple trashcan or barrel. The taller the can the better off you are. The important thing about your barrel or trashcan is that it has smooth sides. The last thing you want is to offer the raccoon a means to get out by the can having rough edges that it can grip.
What you want to do next is to place the can or barrel at the end of the table. The lip of the can should be lower than the table itself. If you are looking to terminate the raccoon, then what you want to do is to fill the trashcan about halfway full of water. Otherwise, if trapping the animal is your goal then all you need to do is to place a small amount of water so that it would not completely cover the raccoon.
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Next, take some peanuts or some other kind of food that the raccoon would like and set a trail that heads to the trashcan or barrel. Pour a liberal amount of this snack inside the garbage can that you are done.
What will happen now is that the raccoon will follow the treats to the garbage can or barrel. It will see those snacks and find it too enticing to ignore. The raccoon then falls in and either drowns or is simply not able to get out. Just so you are aware, make sure that you do place at least some water inside the garbage can. This will ensure that it stays heavy and that the raccoon cannot tip it over.
For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
How much does raccoon removal cost?
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How to get rid of raccoons
- my main raccoon removal info guide.
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Raccoon job blog
- learn from great examples of raccoon jobs I've done.