How To Get Rid Of Raccoons Humanely

Finding out that you have a raccoon—or more than one—in your attic or your home’s walls can be an incredibly frustrating experience. Not only are they noisy and disruptive, but they can also present multiple health hazards from germs and bacteria, to internal damage that can result in ruined insulation electrical fires.

Cute Racoon

Unfortunately, getting raccoons to leave isn’t the easiest thing to do, and if left alone, they’ll stay forever. Fortunately, we’re here to provide you with a foolproof method to get rid of your raccoon friends effectively and humanely.


First things first, you’ll need the following supplies:

  • Spray foam
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pinecone
  • Wire (floral, craft or chicken—it doesn’t really matter)
  • Metal cage or humane animal trap (available at most hardware or hunting stores)
  • Newspaper
  • Long pole

Step 1

Identify where the raccoon is getting into your home, and seal it off. Fill in all gaps—however small—with spray foam, otherwise any attempts to get rid of your furry friends will be in vain since they’ll just come right back in!

Step 2

Cut off a piece of wire about 16 inches long, and wrap it tightly around the pinecone. Make sure to get right into the grooves. Coat the pinecone in peanut butter, and attach it (by the wire) from the top of the cage, towards the rear. Placement is crucial, since you want to give the raccoon a reason to venture right into the cage. You can also try using loose food if you don’t have a pinecone or wire on hand, but it’s much easier for the raccoon(s) to take it and run away before the trap’s door closes.

Step 3

Take the cage into the attic, or wherever you think the raccoon’s point of entrance is. Be sure to coat the bottom of the cage with newspaper beforehand, since once the raccoon is caught it’s sure to make quite a mess—especially if it gets trapped while your out of the house for a few hours. This way, you can simply toss out the paper instead of scrubbing away animal waste which can actually pose many health concerns.

Step 4

Once the cage is in place, all you can do is wait—which can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple days. Once it enters the cage, the door will spring closed behind it.

Be sure to check on the cage at least a couple of days to ensure that the raccoon isn’t left starving or dying of thirst—after all, that would kind of defeat the purpose of using a human trap, wouldn’t it? Or, even better—put a remote viewing camera in the attic so you can monitor the cage without having to enter the attic.

Step 5

Now that the raccoon is stuck in the cage, it’s time to take it away—far, far, away. Remember, raccoon’s are vicious—especially if they’re scared, so use the long pole to lift up the cage into your vehicle.

Drive it into the wilderness, and then release it there. Make sure it’s a long ways away from your home or else the raccoon will be able to track its way back to your home.

Or, you can call an expert raccoon removal service and they will take it away and free them in their natural habitat where they can live a healthy life.

Sandra Otoole is a researcher of world economy but not always into the market development. She also likes to have some fun with paint and brushes, camera clicks and some flying kicks. She likes to be fit and sporty too, but mostly, she loves to write about everything new that she comes across.