In this YouTube video, Backyard Farmer follows along as Wildlife Specialist Dennis Ferraro illustrates the proper way to handle raccoon control. Raccoons can become a nuisance, especially if beehives are present.
Pick the right size and type of trap. A cage trap that has one opening but not two doors is best.
A medium or larger trap will work fine for most raccoons.
A rebar or metal stake will be required to stake the trap down into the ground, so the raccoon doesn’t toss it over. A heavy brick or board will hold a tarp over the cage.
For the best results, try using sweets for bait. Avoid using leftover meats or canned items in the cage to avoid increasing the chance of trapping neighborhood cats. A bag of marshmallows works well.
Place the trap in a somewhat hidden location near where the raccoon damage is occurring. Keep it away from pets and children. A person can only legally trap vermin on their property, never someone else’s, and never public property.
Stake down the trap. Hang marshmallows from the top center of the back of the cage. Never place the bait on the ground. Set the cage and cover it with a tarp. Set the trap at dusk and be there at dawn.