Raccoon Bait that Works

Raccoon bait can help you in trapping raccoons if you are looking to deal with a raccoon problem in your home or garden. Raccoons can cause major damage to your property and sometimes it can be frustrating to know that they are about and to still not be able to do anything about it.

There are raccoons in rural, urban and suburban settings. Urban and suburban raccoons are getting bolder in terms of how far they will venture when they smell food. This can mean that they are attracted by an improperly closed trash can or a small garden patch with vegetables. In rural areas chicken coops are also likely to be the target of raccoons. Whatever, the source of attraction in your property once you have evidence that there is a raccoon around, it is best to deal with it promptly.

Raccoons can cause significant damage to your electrical and ductwork if they are in your attic and they can rip out plants if they are treating your garden as their hunting ground. Raccoons are a source of concern not only because they can destroy and damage but also because as creatures that live in the wild they can also be carrying diseases which they may introduce into your house or garden.

Some people are comfortable with the idea of poisoning of shooting a raccoon and others prefer to use humane traps to catch and release them in the wild. Those who choose the traps option, need to use the right kind of bait to make this technique work effectively. There are a lot of things that work well as raccoon bait and depending on whom you ask for advice you may be asked to use anything from marshmallows to cat food.

Here is a list of some items that are known to work well as raccoon bait:

Smoked fish
Fresh or canned fish

Cat food
Vegetables covered with honey or sugar 
Sweet corn
Fatty meat

Some people who have tried using traps suggest that any food with a strong smell will attract raccoons. The trick in trapping a raccoon may be to get rid of a raccoon once you catch it. Given that raccoons like to track their way back even if they are released far from your vicinity, you may have to go to some pains to make sure that they have no incentive to do so. Raccoon bait if left out too long can start to be seen as a buffet by raccoons and if you find a trap ineffectual in holding a raccoon that is attracted to the food you should change it promptly. Any bait is only as successful as the trap it is in and it is important to choose a strong and easy to use raccoon trap. Be willing to switch and try different raccoon bait ideas if you find that one is not working. Sometimes you may have to line the path to the trap with bait and leave some inside the trap and dried cat food is known to work well for this idea. Trapping raccoons may take some patience and trial and error but it is known to be effective in raccoon control.

Raccoons are strong enough to rip through lose hanging vents or gutters and they are capable of squeezing through small holes. They can climb brick walls and tall trees and so they can easily get into your attic. What else this means is that other than having baited traps you should also look for all vulnerabilities in your house and yard and take care to fix these. Look for loose tiles on the roof and cut overgrown trees and bushes. Make sure there is no smell of food near the property. It is worth taking these precautions because prevention is still the best strategy for raccoon control.