Raccoons are clever and adventurous animals that will explore their surroundings. Unfortunately, their curiosity can sometimes bring them into your home.
If you have a raccoon in your property, what do you do next?
You might see their cute, round eyes and think that they’re probably not dangerous. So you want to know how to trap a raccoon by yourself and save some money that will be paid to professional trapping services.
But if you think that you can handle a raccoon by yourself, then you might want to do an about-turn.
There are a bunch of reasons why you shouldn’t attempt raccoon removal by yourself. Let’s look at why you should almost always hire a professional for a raccoon problem.
Dangerous When Cornered
Like most animals, raccoons are more afraid of you than you are of them. They’re not aggressive and will not actively seek out confrontation with people. They’ll gladly escape if allowed to do so.
But if the flight option is cut off, the fight response kicks in.
If you want to avoid bites and scratches, don’t be in a closed room with any wild animal. The safest way is to open up a route that the raccoon can take to go outside.
Raccoons Can Carry Diseases
Aside from the risk of injuries and wounds from raccoon bites, there’s also the danger of contracting a disease. Some of the diseases that can be transferred to humans are leptospirosis and raccoon roundworm.
Rabies is the biggest threat to your health if you were bitten or scratched by a raccoon. It may also be the reason why the animal attacked you. Always go to a hospital to be evaluated and get a shot if necessary if you had an unfortunate encounter with a raccoon.
How to Trap a Raccoon the Wrong Way – Inhumane and Illegal
Raccoons are one of the animals that PETA keeps a close eye on. Some of the DIY traps that people use can be cruel and cause unnecessary harm or even death to the animal.
Raccoon trapping is also illegal in most states if you don’t have a license or a permit. Rules and regulations vary by state. If you live in a state where raccoon trapping is illegal, you’ll face charges of animal cruelty if you attempt to trap a raccoon by yourself.
Some states may allow raccoon trapping but don’t allow relocation. It will be illegal to release them into the wild unless you’re a wildlife removal professional or rehabilitator. If you don’t know what you’re doing, releasing a raccoon into the wild is sending it to its death or disrupting the ecological balance of the area.
So even if you can legally trap a raccoon, there are no options to dispose of them in a good way. It’s a terrible idea to keep it as a pet or to put it in a cage. The only alternative is to kill it yourself which is again unnecessarily cruel unless you’re a professional hunter.
Check your state law before you decide what to do with a raccoon in your property.
Should You Hire a Pro? Definitely!
There are no good reasons to learn how to trap a raccoon unless you’re a professional yourself. Save yourself the headache and potential legal troubles and call a professional for raccoon removal.
Raccoons are one thing but what if you’re dealing with a rat infestation? Check out the top signs of a rat infestation so you can address the problem before it gets worse.