Raccoons are nocturnal animals and reside where wooded lots are available for nests. Because their natural predators are nonexistent in cities or metropolitan suburbs, raccoons have populated excessively. This has led to more of them carrying the rabies virus. In fact, raccoons are the most likely carrier of this virus in many states across America.


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Besides posing a health threat to pets and humans, they love to tear apart garbage and pilfer gardens. They love to dig in yards and have been known to uproot sod and grass in search of tasty grubs and insects. Raccoons will readily take advantage of fish and turtles kept in small ponds as well as pet birds. Many times dogs and cats are blamed for making a mess of garbage when in fact the culprit is a raccoon. If a raccoon has been active on or around your home, it is only a matter of time before they figure out how to get into your attic or crawl space.

Raccoon will become a problem around the home when they do any of the following:



Raccoons will readily tear into garbage, dig up mulch piles or chew on yard furniture and decorations. The reasons are many but this behavior is mostly attributed to them seeking food. You can try raccoon proofing your garbage pails, but this may be hard to do. Raccoon are smart and will find many ways to gain access to areas they suspect has some good food. Furthermore, many paints and finishes contain high concentrations of minerals or nutrients which attract these animals. Furniture and other yard items become the target of this gnawing and though generally never consumed, the damage done is both annoying and expensive.



Ropel LiquidTo stop this from happening, spray anything they are chewing with LIQUID ROPEL. This product tastes terrible and they will stop once they get a mouthful. You can literally spray garbage as it is placed in the garbage pail or even the bag you throw away. As the animals pull through the garbage they will be getting the Ropel on their paws and then onto their mouths. This taste is generally too strong for them to continue the behavior and in most cases it will force them another target or yard.

Ropel LiquidRopel Liquid: http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/liquid/ropel-liquid


Raccoon will dig up sod, turf mulch piles, pine straw, wood chips and just about any ground cover you have in the yard seeking food. Remember, food to them includes insects. One of their favorite foods are grubs. If you don’t treat your yard for grubs annually you are sure to get insects reproducing and nesting in plants and soil. Both raccoons and opossum have great noses and will smell any population of insects which is living and breeding in or around your yard. Once they smell insect activity, they will begin to dig up turf, pull back sod and overturn mulch. They are seeking grubs, crickets, ants, millipedes, grass hoppers, slugs, termites, boxelder bugs, bees, yellowjackets, earwigs, roaches, pillbugs and just about anything which may be living in or around your yard. To stop this from happening, you can try several approaches.



Whole ControlFirst, if the animals are not that active in their digging, you can apply some WHOLE CONTROL. This is a bad tasting product generally used for moles, armadillo and gophers. Once it makes it’s way into the soil, the dirt will take on a bad taste which raccoon don’t like. If they attempt to dig they will get this taste on their paws and ultimately in their mouth. Whole Control tastes bad enough to stop them if there is not too much food to be found in the ground where they are digging. The rule is simple; if they are finding a lot to eat as they dig they will probably continue even after you treat. This is because the need for food is simply too great and won’t be put off by a bad taste. If you apply some Whole Control and find digging in treated areas 3 weeks after treatment, you will have to start some insect control spraying to kill off the food.

Whole ControlWhole Control: http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/liquid/whole-control



Scatterbox HB Granule SpreaderComplete Insect Killer GranulesDelta Gard GranulesTo kill off the grubs and other insects the raccoon are eating, you will need to use two products. First, apply some DELTA GUARD GRANULES or CYFLUTHRIN GRANULES over the area where they are active. These products will release over several months to kill off grubs and insects of all types. Neither one is better than the other; use either to start and if you have used one in the past, use the other now. Apply them with a GRANULE SPREADER to get good coverage over any type of area to treat. Our Spreaders are much easier to use than the push type – particularly when you need to treat flower beds or mulch areas.

Delta Gard GranulesDeltaGard: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/granule/delta-guard-20-lb

Complete Insect Killer GranulesLawn Granules: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/granule/complete-insect-killer-granules

Scatterbox HB Granule SpreaderSpreaders:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/spreaders/scatterbox-spreader


Hose End SprayerTempo SCSince these granules won’t kill quickly and need some water to be activated, it is best to spray over the top of them with some CYFLUTHRIN. This is a new active ingredient which is very active on just about any pest found in turf. It will provide a quick kill of any insect and will last 2-4 weeks per treatment. Apply it with our HOSE END SPRAYER to get good coverage. Just around the time it loses it’s effectiveness the granules will start to kick in providing longer control. Doing this in the fall and spring is generally recommended. However, treatments done with both liquid and granules will get digging stopped within a couple of weeks as the digging animals learn there is no food to be had.

Tempo SCTempo:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/tempo-sc-8-oz

Hose End SprayerHose End: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/sprayers/gilmour-20g-390


Grub Free Zone III GranulesIf you don’t like doing this much treatment, change over to our MERIT GRANULES the following season following the initial treatment. These granules will last up to a whole year so you only need to apply them once a year. Apply them with one of our Spreaders mentioned above for proper coverage.

Grub Free Zone III GranulesMerit Granules: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/granule/grub-free-g-10-lb-with-merit


Raccoon have been known to kill off pet fish or turtles kept in man made ponds. They also love bird seed, squirrel feeders and humming bird stations. If you have raccoons raiding your offering to local birds or stealing your pet Koi, then you may need to set up some of our mechanical repellents to keep them away.



Pump Sprayer4- The Birds LiquidTo stop raccoons from climbing up bird feeder poles or tree branches, apply some LIQUID 4-THE-BIRDS over the path they are taking. This product is glue like but does not dry. Instead it remains very tacky and irritating to the touch. Raccoon will quickly stop walking over treated areas. You can apply it with a paint brush or one of our SPRAYERS. The product has the unique ability to not dry and to stay tacky and gooey so that any animal which attempts to walk over it will get some on their paws. Once on their paws, 4-The-Birds will start to irritate their skin. This irritation will bother them enough to keep them away but it won’t hurt them. One or two experiences with the treatment and they will be sure to stay away for good.

4- The Birds Liquid4-The-Birds Liquid: http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/liquid/4-the-birds

Pump SprayerEliminator Pump Sprayer: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/sprayers/eliminator-gallon-sprayer


Use the treatment if the raccoons are found to be climbing up the side of your home or other structures as well. Many times they will establish a pathway up gutter down spouts, trellis or other siding of a structure. Though this climbing may appear innocent at first, in most cases it will lead them to a vulnerable part of the home like a chimney, soffit or attic. Once they find this weak point they will enter and create a nest. If you have evidence of them climbing, apply some of the Liquid 4-The-Birds to stop them; by preventing them from getting comfortable moving about on your home you will be able to prevent them from moving inside. If you believe they may already be in the home, go to Part 4 listed below to learn how to trap out raccoons already living inside.



Scare CrowIf you have built yourself a Koi Pond and stocked it with prize fish, turtles or other wildlife, the last thing you want is some raccoon eating all your pets. There are two mechanical devices we carry which can prevent this from happening. The first will work for any nuisance animal. It works 24 hours a day and relies on a motion detector to note when something is in it’s range. Once something is detected, it will release a 3 second blast of water targeting the raccoons. Our MOTION ACTIVATED WATER SPRAYER is ideal for this application. It requires no use of any chemicals – only water – so it poses no hazard to the pond or it’s occupants. Furthermore, it targets any animal so it will work well for large predatory birds, otter, bobcat, domestic cats, raccoon, opossum and just about anything that would want to eat your prize fish or other aquatic pets. Just set it up and get great continuous coverage.

Scare CrowScare Crow: http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/visual/scare-crow



USD AC/BATT YARD GARD (49)Another mechanical repellent you can use is one of our ULTRA SOUND YARD GARDS. These come in either a battery operated or a AC/Battery operated design. This concept is based on sound. High pitched frequencies are released when target raccoons are seen by it’s motion detector. These sound waves are annoying and irritating causing the target animal to move away from the area. This device has an adjustment so you are able to isolate raccoons specifically. This means you may be able to keep raccoon away but other predatory animals might not be affected by it unless you change the setting. For this reason the Water Sprayer may be a better option. Regardless, both are viable products when trying to keep raccoon away from a pond or other area in your yard.

USD AC/BATT YARD GARD (49)Yard Guard: http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/sound/usd-acbatt-yard-gard-49

Of course, Ultra Sound can be employed in the home as well. If you have raccoon activity in your attic or crawl space, a properly placed Ultra Sound device may be enough to chase them out.


Raccoon will regularly move into attics, crawl spaces or other parts of the home seeking shelter. They will learn to climb up down spouts, cedar siding and other types of home construction leading to them into attics and other voids of the structure. There are many reasons why you should stop them from doing this. Raccoons living in such areas are a hazard due to disease, the destruction they do to the structure and the chewing which can occur on electric wiring of the home. Furthermore, they have a bad odor which will invade living areas rapidly. Though you can use some of our Liquid 4-The-Birds to keep them from traveling up and down your structure, if you suspect you have them living in some part of the home you will need to do some trapping. This is probably the best thing to do if you think they are living adjacent to the home as well since raccoons living under decks or in sheds will ultimately reproduce. Their offspring are very likely to find their way inside as they grow.

Evidence suggests raccoon which have taken up residence inside homes are that much more likely to do so again as well as their young if given the chance. Trapping and either destroying the animal or relocating it may be the only option to get rid of them once and for all. One thing is for sure: DON’T SEAL OFF ANY ENTRANCE HOLE UNTIL YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TRAPPED OUT ALL ANIMALS USING THAT SPACE. If you try sealing holes without first removing the residing animal you are only asking for trouble. You may trap the animal or it’s young inside which would make a very angry and dangerous adult. Raccoons trapped inside holes which are sealed will do whatever it takes to escape many times exiting into living areas. Parents will go to any length to get to their young which can make them both aggressive and destructive. Furthermore, any animal which is sealed out will only chew their way back inside since this is their home; they know no better. If you know some raccoon who are residing somewhere in or around your home and you need to trap them out, we have several trapping options which are all proven and effective.



Live Trap 11x12x30For small raccoon, use our LT111230 live trap. It is long enough to catch most raccoon. Trap placement only needs to be done alongside the path the target animal is using. This could be at the base of a tree it is climbing, on the roof, against the foundation wall, under a deck, on a deck, in a crawl space or even in the attic. It is best to place something heavy like a Cement Block on top of the trap to make it stable. Raccoon have been known to flip traps over attempting to get the food or lure inside. If using the trap inside, nailing it to rafters or planking works well to stabilize it from movement; heavy objects placed on top are easier to install on the outside and will work just as well.

Live Trap 11x12x30LT 11x12x30: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/cage/live-trap-11-x-12-x-30



Grub BaitSalmon PasteLoganberry PasteUse either our LOGANBERRY PASTE or our SALMON PASTE as lure. Loganberry works well if you have found your targeted animal feeding on fruit, vegetables or other plants. Salmon Paste is the preferred lure if you don’t know what they want or if you have seen them feeding on meat or fish. Of course, if the target animal has been digging up your yard in search of grubs, get some of our GRUB BAIT. Raccoon love it.

Loganberry PasteLoganberry Lure:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/lure/loganberry-paste

Salmon PasteSalmon Paste: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/lure/salmon-paste-16-oz

Grub BaitGrub Bait: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/lure/grub-bait-8-oz


Live Trap 11"x12"x36" RDLive Trap 11x12x36If you feel you need a larger trap, get our LT111236. It is large enough to catch just about any raccoon. You can also get this trap with a rear sliding door which is model number LT111236RD. The standard LT111236 has a rear door which opens up with a hinged top but the LT111236RD has a sliding rear door. This makes it much easier for animal release as well as baiting and making the set.

Live Trap 11"x12"x36" RDLT 11x12x36:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/cage/live-trap-11-x-12-x-36-rear-door


Live Trap 11x12x36 BDLive Trap 15x22x48 RDLive Trap 15x18x42 RDWe also have much larger sized traps which you might consider if you think you have a really large raccoon or if you think you may be using this trap to catch other animals like Bobcat, Fox or Coyote. The LT151842 or the LT152248 are much taller and longer and will prove to be enough trap for just about any animal you would want to live trap. You can also get the LT152248RD which has the sliding rear door option making both baiting and animal release that much easier. If you have a hole in the ground which is being used by the target animal, you might consider the use of our LT111236BD. This is a very special trap in it’s design. It has a front and rear sliding door. When both are in place, the trap can be used by placing it over the raccoons hole and forcing it to enter through the front part of the trap. This part has no bottom but once the target animal enters and walks to the back of the trap a door will close behind it preventing it from being able to escape. Again, no lure is needed for this design but will enhance sets.

Live Trap 15x18x42 RDLive Trap 15x18x42: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/cage/live-trap-15-x-18-x-42-rear-door

Live Trap 15x22x48 RDLT152248RD:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/cage/live-trap-15-x-22-x-48-rear-door

Live Trap 11x12x36 BDLT 111236BD: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/cage/live-trap-11-x-12-x-36-bottom-door


Raccoon live trapped

This trap can also be used by keeping the front sliding door out and placing it in front of an entrance/exit hole on the side of any structure. This will force the animal to enter into the trap and get caught. These features make this trap a quite unique. All of the above listed traps are fairly light and easy to work with for most applications.



Long Spring TrapsAlthough any of the above traps can be used in the yard, outside trapping can also be done with a wide variety of leghold traps. This type of trapping has been done by professional furriers over the years but many hobbyist and amateurs have learned in recent years. The traditional leghold trap used for a long time is the Bridger Long Spring. These traps are set along pathways or by bait and attached to chains which are then staked to the ground or secured to trees. Raccoons stepping on the trap are then caught in the jaws and if the trap is properly anchored, they will not be able to escape. When using such traps it is always suggested to make several sets and make sure they are secure. Common sized longspring traps for raccoon would be the LS # 11, LS # 2 and the LS # 3.

Long Spring 11Long Spring 11:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/long-spring/long-spring-11

Long Spring 2Long Spring # 2: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/long-spring/long-spring-2

Long Spring 3Long Spring # 3: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/long-spring/long-spring-3



Coil 3Coil 2Coil 1The latest leghold trap is known as the Coil Trap. It is made with more moving parts but it’s more compact and easier to set. Common size coil traps for raccoon are the COIL # 1, COIL # 2  and  COIL #3.

Coil 1Coil # 1: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/coil/coil-1

Coil 2Coil # 2:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/coil/coil-2

Coil 3Coil # 3: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/coil/coil-3



Coon Cuff TrapCOON CUFFS are another design which has become popular for raccoon. This trap takes advantage of raccoons curious behavior. They should be set along pathways and other known locations where raccoon are active. Though leghold traps can be an effective tool for trapping raccoon, in most cases such methods should be left to someone who is experienced with sets and trap usage. Though anyone can learn, it does take time. The use of a live trap is very easy and effective and any beginner can get positive results quickly without any training. Once trapped, releasing the animal or calling animal control to pick the animal up is the best way to dispose of them.

Coon Cuff TrapCoon Cuffs:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/snap-snare-and-tunnel/coon-cuffs


Catch Pole EconomyIf for some reason you are needing to handle any of these raccoons outside of a live trap or once they have been leghold trapped, the use of a CATCH POLE is recommended. This device slips over the raccoons head and firmly secures them by the neck. Again, it is highly recommended that only experienced handlers attempt to move a wild raccoon around since they are very strong and aggressive. Raccoon will not hesitate to bite, claw or do whatever they can when confronted with someone doing something they don’t like. If you are not 100% confident or comfortable with handling any animal, don’t. Leave it to the local animal control officer to remove.

Catch Pole EconomyCatch Pole: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/poles-and-tongs/catch-pole-economy



BG 330BG 280BG 220Of course, the use of a kill trap means you won’t have to worry about handling the animal once it’s caught. Over the years, many types of traps have come and gone but the one which has killed more raccoon than any other is known as the Body Grip. Available in several sizes, the BG 220, BG 280 or BG 330 are the ones to use for raccoon. These traps are quite strong and excellent for use when you know the target animal is passing through a specific location like a hole in the fence, through the side of a deck trellis or into a crawl space.

BG 220Bodygrip 220: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/conibear/body-grip-220-7-x-7

BG 280Body Grip 280:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/conibear/body-grip-280-8-5-x-8-5

BG 330Bodygrip 330: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/conibear/body-grip-330-10-x-10


Basic SettersYou will probably need a set of BODYGRIP SETTERS to get the springs compressed because they are quite strong. However, when if the target animal tries to pass where this type of trap has been placed, it won’t stand a chance. Death is very quick with no mess and no fuss.

Basic SettersSetters: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/conibear/setters-basic-29


Body Grip Trap Stand 18"To help make just about any set easy, get a BODYGRIP STAND. They are really handy for getting the trap at the precise spot you want. The stand with the stake is great for sets which need to be at ground level and the one with the wood screw attached is excellent for when the animal is passing through a wood frame like you might find at an attic entrance, crawl space window or vent frame, pet door, under a deck or through a fence. Just locate the trap where the unwanted animal is entering, secure it with a stand and generally within a day the problem is solved. Be sure to make repeat sets to eliminate colonies since these raccoons will live in groups.

Body Grip Trap Stand 18"Trap Stand: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/conibear/stand-18-tall-220330


Raccoon active or living in or around the home will bring with them nasty odors which may invade living areas. These odors can pose a health hazard as well as remain persistent for long periods of time. Don’t waste your time using ordinary household cleansers to remove or mask these odors. Get one of our specialty odor neutralizers to get break down the odor once and for all. Since most odors are alive to some degree, they require specific compounds to break them down or kill them off. These compounds are very effective when applied directly to the where the raccoons are active. This can be in attics, crawl spaces or under decks. It can also be in a wall, a chimney or a soffit. Or it can be around the home in the yard or even in a hole in the ground. We have many formulations to deal with specific odors. Try to match up your problem with the appropriate material needed. All products can be applied over each other and many times this will be needed to get complete control of any one problem.



Black Light DeluxeIf you have a problem with raccoons climbing on or in your structure, odors will develop. To best deal with these odors, identifying just where the odors have accumulated is helpful for quick elimination. This can be done by using a BLACK LIGHT to trace all trails. The light will show you where urine, feces and other excrement is present. This will alert you to where you need to spray and apply the proper products.

Black Light DeluxeBlack Light: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/detectors/black-light-deluxe


Odor DestroyerFor general odors which are created by the raccoons fur and body odor, use ODOR DESTROYER. This is a product used to remove general pet odors but works well on any animal odors in or around the home.

Odor DestroyerOdor Destroyer:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/sanitizer/liquid/odor-destroyer


Quick ActionFor urine or feces odors, you will need to use a product developed for cats and dogs called QUICK ACTION. This enzymal agent will literally eat the odor away. We have used it effectively for any animal including raccoon. Apply it directly to wood, dirt, cement, carpeting or any other surface where urine or feces has accumulated. A few applications may be needed if the raccoons have been active for any length of time. Generally the way to determine this is to treat and monitor the smell. If it persists one week later, do another treatment. You will see immediate results.

Quick ActionQuick Action:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/sanitizer/liquid/quick-action


N7CNNZIf you have had the animal die in the home, the dead body odor will be strong throughout the house and will last for several weeks to months depending on the size of the animal which died. Ideally, removing the body will speed up the process of eliminating the odor but this is not always possible. Raccoons which die in remote areas can present an ongoing supply of gases which will lead to odors. Fortunately there are products which work by “eating” the odor. Though effective when applied close to where the odor is originating, you’ll get even faster results if the decaying body is removed and the location treated directly. The best agent for this task is NNZ and N7C. They are equally effective and really only differ in that one has a scent and the other is odorless. Both cover about 1000 sq/ft and will neutralize any dead animal body odor over time. Expect the odor to go away immediately following applications and if it returns, treat again.

NNZNNz:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/sanitizer/liquid/nnz-64-oz

N7CN7C:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/sanitizer/liquid/n-7c-64-oz


Another part of odor removal many times involves the removal of dead bodies, nests, feces, wood or other items where the odor originates. Once these areas have been found and the animal has been removed or relocated, you can tackle odor problems as they present themselves. In some cases, simply neutralizing urine, dead body odor or animal odor is sufficient. In other cases, the build up of feces, urine or the decay of a dean animal body may present a hazard to the occupants of the home until these things are removed.

Rough and ReadyWilson Freedom RespiratorCare should be taken when working in such areas. Use a RESPIRATOR to protect yourself from bacteria and other germs. Once everything contaminated has been removed, use some ROUGH’N READY to kill off bacteria, virus and other micro organisms which live feces and animal nesting. Rough’n Ready will kill these bio-hazards quickly eliminating the risk that children or pets could be exposed to. Though Rough’n Ready will not eliminate odors, you may choose to use it first to essentially sanitize an area before you start dealing with any specific odor problem. All the products listed above can be applied on top of each other without any risk so use as many of them as needed.

Wilson Freedom RespiratorRespirator: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/safety/wilson-freedom-respirator

Rough and ReadyRough’n Ready: http://www.bugspraycart.com/sanitizer/liquid/rough-and-ready


BG 2300Pump SprayerTo apply any of these odor products, you can use one of our PUMP SPRAYERS. These will apply the material in a spray form and with our adjustable nozzles you are sure to get coverage. If you have a large crawl space or attic to treat and cannot access areas where the raccoons were active, use a B&G FOGGER to get the needed coverage. This device creates a mist or fog which will float around treated rooms and voids. The fog will penetrate all areas insuring good coverage and odor elimination. It is a great help for those hard to treat attics and crawl spaces that no one wants to enter.

Pump SprayerPump Sprayer: http://www.bugspraycart.com/good/pump-sprayers

BG 2300BG 2300:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/bg-my-t-lite-2300-120-v


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Comments on RACCOON CONTROL Leave a Comment

July 28, 2012

bill russell @ 2:38 pm #


I have squirrels, raccoons and opossums occasionally getting on my roof via climbing gutters. Is there a device available that you can attach to a gutter to block them?

March 26, 2013

Shyam Jakate @ 9:59 am #


We had Raccoon in our attic for about a month. We have gotten it out and closed the hole on the roof. Now the question is about the urine or feces left behind. Is it sufficient to use QUICK ACTION on it? or do we have to go through a complete clean up and removal of the insulation?

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