How to get rid of Raccoons

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Raccoons (Procyon lotor) are medium-sized mammals, native to the forests of North America. They can be easily recognised by the grey colour of the fur and the black and white details around the eyes and tail. They are not found naturally in some European countries, but on the American continent, they are very numerous. Raccoons often enter people’s settlements in search of food and shelter. Thus, when we refer to raccoons, certain measures are required to prevent their access to homes and to remove them without harming them. 

how to get rid of raccoons procyon

Raccoons and signs of their presence

In order to be able to choose the optimal method for removing raccoons, we suggest you first identify the areas they frequent and the type of damage they cause. Among the damage that they can do to a certain property are:
– Breaking into homes, especially in the attic;
– Consumption of different crops;
– Signs of fish in the pond;
– Scattered garbage;
– Shelters they build under the porch.

Raccoons trespass a certain property when they are in search of food. Thus, if you want to avoid them it is mandatory to take a series of measures so that the respective space does not attract them in particular and their removal/expulsion is carried out efficiently. 

Among the possible measures that can be applied, we mention:

– Collecting the garbage properly and storing it in sealed containers;
– Collecting the fruits, nuts, and bird food that have fallen to the ground;
– Cleaning food scraps, beverages or leftover pet food;

Therefore, after observing the habits of the raccoons and the areas where they caused damage, it is recommended to choose the appropriate method, depending on the situation. In order for their removal to have a high degree of efficiency, it is best to use multiple methods (repellents, traps).

Use of traps

When you find a raccoon that has found shelter on a certain property it is best to use traps for removing it.

Using traps is a fairly easy method and it involves:
– Correct positioning of them, using gloves;
– Using proper baits;
– Properly placing the trap while constantly monitoring it, as it is important not to allow for the raccoon to stay inside it for a long time.

To efficiently capture raccoons, place the traps in the places where the raccoons have caused the most damage or in the areas where they could live. In general, they prefer sheltered places, such as:
– House attics, warehouses and verandas
– Along the walls;
– In the area of fences;
– Tree hollows;
– Under certain constructions/structures.


They are specially designed to catch raccoons without injuring them and they are also reusable. They ensure fast, safe catches, targeting the specific size of the animals, and then releasing them safely.

At the same time, we recommend using baits inside the trap. Raccoons consume a wide range of foods but prefer those high in fat and sugar. Foods with high sugar content are best suited for use inside traps, as they will mainly attract only raccoons, not other types of animals. Therefore, you can use meringues, melon slices, sweet corn, vegetables covered with honey or sugar, fish (fresh, smoked or canned), etc. 

In addition to choosing a suitable bait, an important aspect is its positioning in the trap, for an efficient capture. 

The correct placement of the bait for raccoons ensures:
– Complete entrapment of the raccoon – both the body and the tail;
– Rapid triggering of the trap when the animal enters;
– It will be placed according to the type of trap (1 entrance or 2 entrances).

A single-entry trap:
– Prevent the raccoons from reaching it from the outside by placing the bait towards its end, just behind the trigger, as far away from its walls as possible

Two-entry traps:
– Place the bait behind the trigger or in the ground, just below the trigger/trap or can cling to the top of the trap. 

In addition to that:
– Raccoons can trap the bait in an attempt to reach the bait, so it is better to place a weight or a brick on top of it.
– It is advisable to place the traps on a straight, flat surface.
– It is recommended to wear gloves to avoid transferring the odour, as any traces of human odour can discourage the mouse from falling into the trap. 


Location of the traps:
– Carefully place it in an open position, following exactly the instructions mentioned by the manufacturer, depending on the chosen trap.
– Before using a trap, make sure you understand and follow the legal provisions governing the capture of animals (mice) using traps.
– Before placing the trap, remove potential food sources and seal the garbage containers so that raccoons are more interested in the bait.

Trap monitoring

After positioning the trap, it is important to monitor it carefully so that you can see the raccoon as soon as it is caught. Capturing a raccoon is a process that can take several minutes or several days, but once trapped, they can quickly become agitated, so they must be released as soon as possible. Never let a raccoon stay trapped for a long time. 

Raccoon – Capture

After the animal has been captured, it is recommended to use protective gloves when handling the trap, and it is recommended to keep it at a greater distance from the body. Also, for keeping the animal calm, it is better to cover the trap with a blanket. The subsequent relocation of the raccoon will be done at a certain distance, according to the legal provisions in force.

Use of repellents

To keep raccoons away from the property, it is recommended to use repellent products. Thus, after identifying the areas where they have caused damage and determining the habits they have in the yard, it is recommended to use a repellent appropriate to your requirements.

In addition to the regular application of repellents, certain measures are also very important, so that the respective space does not attract them in a special way. Respectively, it is recommended to remove the food/water sources, repair the fences/gates (so that it does not have an access way), wash the trash cans, close the windows, collect the garbage, etc. 

Depending on the product, the repellents may be liquid, in the form of granules or powder. Use them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. 


They can be found in powder, granule or liquid form. They contain certain irritating substances for raccoons, which have the role of removing them from the perimeter that is to be protected.

In conclusion, depending on the situation, when choosing a way to remove raccoons, it is advisable to choose the optimal methods (traps, repellents), in accordance with the legal provisions, without harming them. 

Got a question?

  1. After the raccoons are vacated from under your home, is there a cleaner a person can use. I dont smell anything now but will it smell later?

    Cindy -
    1. When cleaning after raccoons, the first step is to remove faeces and any contaminated material. Wear disposable gloves and a face mask to protect yourself, and use a spray bottle to mist the area with water, to minimise the dust that can be stirred up while cleaning the faeces that you encounter. It is important not to touch the faeces, as they can carry multiple diseases, and also avoid inhaling any type of dust that can rise as you handle them.
      You can use a mixture of water and bleach, which can be applied to hard surfaces. Hot, soapy water can also be used, and you can wipe contaminated areas with a damp sponge, rinsing it frequently.
      Large areas, like the attic or basement, can also be cleaned with the help of an atomiser, spraying cleaning solution with it.
      You can find several surface disinfectant products here, in our shop, which you can use to clean after a raccoon infestation:

      Nexles -

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