Tomahawk Professional Live Traps are some of the best traps on the market due to their durability and ease of use. Made of heavy duty 12 gauge galvanized wire mesh, the Model 608 features small 1 in. x 2 in. mesh openings and a large capacity perfect for catching raccoons, opossums, rabbits, armadillos, feral cats, and other medium sized animals. Galvanized wire mesh is virtually rust proof, making this trap perfect for years of indoor or outdoor use. In addition to the front trap door, the Tomahawk 608 features a rear sliding door for faster and easier baiting and releasing.
You definitely get a quality product with this trap. I caught a raccoon the first night I set it out near my deer feeder. The trip mechanism has a great design. Adjustment by user is easy if necessary. My favorite feature is the sliding door. It makes a world of difference with these endeavors.
Very impressed with the product when I read that it was made in the USA. In comparison to priorownership of the same type item, it appears to be stronger and safer to use. Excellent pricing. The reviews were appreciated and very positive since I have never ordered from this company.
The best way to get rid of the raccoons is to physically trap and remove them from your property with a live catch trap.
About Raccoon Trapping
A note about raccoon trapping: body gripping and foothold traps for raccoons may be illegal in your area. There are many different rules and regulations for raccoon trapping and other control methods, since raccoons are often considered fur-bearing animals. Also, because they often carry rabies, there may be certain rules on releasing raccoons back into the wild. Always contact your local department of natural resources or animal control to find out the current laws where you live.
How To Trap A Raccoon
Raccoons are relatively easy to trap. The best trap for homeowners with pets or those that live in areas where dogs and cats may roam is a live trap or cage trap, since they don’t harm or kill the trapped animal. Here are some raccoon trapping tips to help you successfully trap nuisance raccoons on your property.
Choose an appropriately sized trap; 10x12x32” is a good place to start.
If your trap has only one door, place the back of the trap against a wall, tree, or other object.
If your trap has wider bars, consider attaching a finer mesh to the trap to prevent raccoons from simply reaching in and taking any bait you have placed in the trap.
The best bait for raccoon traps is fish flavored cat food, sardines, fish, and chicken. Place the chosen bait food outside the opening, right inside the opening, and behind the treadle to lure the raccoon deeper in to trap to set it off.
Tying the trap open and turning the trap into a feeding stations for a couple days will help shy, trap wary raccoons to view it as a food source and will be more likely to enter trap. This is also a helpful method if you are trying to trap more than one raccoon.
Check traps frequently, two times a day, to minimize anxiety and injury to a trapped animal.
You will have to either relocate or euthanize the raccoon once trapped. If rabies or distemper is present in your area, you will most likely have to get the raccoon euthanized. Otherwise, find out the regulations in your area as to where and how far away you can release the animal.
One caution when trapping raccoons, indoors or out: try to be aware if the raccoon is a new mother with newborns near. Relocating a nursing mother raccoon would leave her babies to die.
Always wear gloves when handling a raccoon trap.
Be very cautious around raccoons that are active during the day, or any raccoons that appear confused, clumsy, or sick, and call animal control.
Raccoons ( Qty of 30 + ) are digging up flower bulbs.
Raccoons can be very difficult to get rid of. Realistically, you may need to hire a wildlife control company if they are that high in number on your property and have a home established on your property or nearby. You can try to get rid of them yourself by using live traps as there are no poisons or baits to kill raccoons. The Tomahawk Deluxe Live Trap with Easy Release Door is a popular choice with the WCS TReeberry Paste as the bait inside it. An alternative trap you could use is the Duke Heavy Raccoon Trap as well. You will need to contact your local animal control for your county to see if there are any rules in place that dictate how you can dispose of the raccoons once caught or where they are to be released in your county if not being put down. Some counties require you turn them over to the animal control to handle as well.