Raccoons are easily frightened from our gardens, but can become very aggressive when a femal is protecting her litter. They have been known to inflict wounds on even large dogs that were fatal.
Raccoons like skunks can be very destructive to lawns and gardens due to their constant grubbing in search of their food source. A raccoon can tear up a large area of sod overnight as a result of grubbing.
Raccoons often gain access to attics, basements, and crawl spaces by forcing something loose. They are very intelligent animals and will surprise most homeowners as to what they are capable of doing. The female raccoon readily invades attic spaces to birth and wean her litters of pups.
Raccoons are infested with fleas and ticks and readily cause a secondary problem for the homeowner and their pets.
Controlling raccoons and skunks can be performed a few different way, habitat modification, mechanical control and trapping. Reducing food source as much as possible will help with raccoons, skunks, and opossums. Pet food dishes and containers should be brought in and or lids secured tightly. Bird feeders can also be an attractant for raccoons. Lids on your garbage can should be secured.
When feasible, troublesome raccoons should be discouraged from taking up residency with exclusion. They are typically easier to exclude by blocking all entry points into the dwelling.
Live animal traps 32”x12”x10” or similar are the perfect size for trapping your raccoon. Animal traps are probably the best method of control of raccoons. Single door animal traps are best. Baiting with canned cat food, or even sardines will work well. Place animal traps so that they are in a location to intercept the raccoon as it approaches it target.
Live animal traps will allow you to catch and release your raccoon into a more rural area that is not your house.