Should I Ever Poison a Raccoon?

Wildlife invasion such as the raccoon can lead to different problems such as property damage and health concerns. Finding a solution to wildlife infestation can be frustrating. Naturally, some people want to kill these creatures to prevent any further damages. Unfortunately, killing the raccoon would not be the suitable solution for your problems especially if there are elements in your house that will continue to attract these creatures.

Poisoning the Raccoon

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to eliminate the animal is poisoning. Unfortunately, not all of them are considering the consequences that can occur after they poison the raccoon. Remember that no poison will work immediately. By the time that it kicks in, the raccoon will be back on the crawl areas of our house, and it can be difficult to find the carcass of the animals. They will enter a state of decomposition where they will release a strong foul odor. Using a poison is also one of the cruelest ways to deal with animal infestation. It is considered as indiscriminate killers that will not only target the raccoon but can also affect the domestic pets such as cats, dogs, and birds.

The lethal method that some people used in dealing with the raccoon can be quick and it often give you tangible evidence that the raccoon has been eliminated. However, if you failed to find a real solution to the source of the problem, future wildlife animal invasion will occur. Trapping the raccoon is also the healthier method to get rid of the animals. You will never have to deal with carcass that can possibly carry some pathogens and parasites.

Trapping the Raccoon

For those who will use a live trap for the first time, you need to make sure that you will place your trapping device at the right place. Placement is crucial; you have to put it at the area where the activity of the raccoon is highest. Using different type of bait can attract even the hard-to-trap raccoons. Raccoons will wash their food; try to place your trap near the water source. Marshmallow, fatty meat, and wet food are some of the ideal bait. In case you are using a dry food, you can coat it with a peanut butter to lure the raccoon inside the trap effectively.

There are different ways on how you can deal with a raccoon infestation, but you should never result to poisoning. Raccoons are considered as gentle creatures who are just seeking shelter on our home during winter season for comfort and safety.

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