Raccoon Poison or Deterrents

Trapping a raccoon definitely is a long and excruciating process and at times you may find yourself wondering if there are any other solutions to trapping them. Trapping is the most guaranteed solution, but you could try to poison or deter the raccoon in other ways.

There is no designated “raccoon poison”, and often times attempting to poison a raccoon will not solve the problem like you might expect. Using common household poisons to saturate bait food in may end up killing other animals instead. If you are trying to poison a raccoon in your attic, this can come back to bite you because if they find a secluded place to die you will be left with a terrible odor that you might not be able to locate or get to.

There are also several different types of repellents to use outdoors as well, in case you are just experiencing issues with raccoons on property and not necessarily in your attic space. These are also not guaranteed to work, however you can spray them on your garbage can, and around your yard as a precautionary measure. These are not one-and- done applications and must be constantly reapplied.

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Check local laws and regulations for relocating raccoons

There are raccoon deterrents that can occasionally work. The best time to use these is on a mother raccoon and her babies if they aren’t quite settled in yet. You can purchase male raccoon synthetic urine from any wildlife store and place it on the main entrance point. Male raccoons will often eat baby raccoons so if a mother senses a male presence she may pick up her babies and leave. This is not a guaranteed shot, and is not nearly as effective as trapping would be; however, there are people who have had success with this method.