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Raccoon Extermination

04.07.2003 - This is the largest raccoon that I've caught so far.  The customer told me that he had a very large raccoon that was continually ripping into his screened-in pool area, and that he needed a raccoon exterminator right away.  I told him that I could help him, but that I don't really exterminate raccoons.  I told him that I trap them in live cage traps and relocate them far outside the city limits, so that it will never be able to come back again.  "That's okay with me, just get rid of it!" he said, "But I think you're going to need an awful big cage, this sucker is huge!".

I have a special very large cage that I reserve for larger animals.  My usual raccoon cages are 10x12x32, but this cage is 16x16x48.  It can hold larger animals such as bobcats, fox, coyotes, and really big raccoons.  I wasn't sure if I needed it for this job, but the customer is always right (except about the extermination part), so I loaded up the big cage.

I set it by the torn pool screen with all matter of delicious raccoon bait.  Sure enough, I got a call this morning from the man, who said, "You've got him!  He's a big bastard!".   I drove out to retrieve the animal, and sure enough, it was big, and while technically all raccoons are bastards, since they not only fail to get married, but the father never (not once in history) sticks around for the birth, I don't think this animal is a figurative bastard.  I think he's pretty nice.   This is why I would never actually exterminate a raccoon.  They don't need to be killed, when I can catch them in live traps like this and relocate them safely away.

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What kind of poison will kill a raccoon - There are no approved poisons for racocons. If you’re having a problem, the only option is to have the animal trapped and removed. Poison is reserved for rats and mice, and even then it rarely works. In order for a poison to be effective, it needs to be eaten in a high enough quantity to kill. If you think about the rat poison blocks, they are designed to contain enough toxin to kill a rat. Leaving one out for a raccoon would only result in a sick racoon—if it even ate the tasteless block to begin with. Raccoons are not like rats in their need to chew. A rat might eat poison because it must constantly gnaw on something to keep its teeth filed down. A racoon has no such need, and that makes it even less likely to eat poison. Aside from the horrible death a poison would provide, killing larger animals in this way is frowned on by environmental agencies. It could cause a potential issue further up the food chain as was once seen with the softening of eagle shells from known pesticides. If you’re determined to exterminate a raccoon, you need to shoot it or use a body gripping trap on it, and I don't recommend either.

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