The best way to get rid of the raccoons is to physically trap and remove them from your property with a live catch trap.
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.
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.
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.
The dimensions for the Tomahawk Deluxe Live Trap Raccoon/Feral Cat Easy Release Door – Model 608 are 32 in. x 10 in. x 12 in. The mesh dimensions are 12 gauge with 1 in. x 2 in. holes.