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Tallahassee Florida Raccoon Control Situation: Okay, I have a farm and a raccoon comes into my barn. Lots of feces in the hay loft, he eats cat food in the tack room that he enters through the cat door. I know I can just take the food up at night, which I do, but would rather deter them from coming in the barn. Filmed him and everything, usually after midnight around dawn. I put the trap in the hay loft and hide it in the hay. Use rotted meat, but have tried other things. Bait is not the issue. My issue is that he steals the bait and does not trip the trap. The last time I did it I used the wire cylinder from a bird feeder and wired shut the metal caps on the ends, then I wired it to the top of the trap behind/on top of the trip pan. I was told if they have to mess with the bait, they might accidentally step on the trip pan. He got one of the caps off the end of the bait container and did not trip the trap. I read there are large fox traps that the fox enters and cannot get out of. Do you know if I can get a trap like this to trap my raccoon? I also have a big fox problem, killing my chickens in the day time when they are out of their pen. Do you have any experience with foxes? Thanks, Angelique in Tallahassee
Sounds like you need to try a bigger trap, or a different trap design. For me, the Havahard 1079 is usually good enough, but in some cases, I use a larger trap. You can also line the bottom of the trap with cardboard or newspaper to disguise the trip pan.
David, I live in wooded area in FLand have lots of raccoons. This summer I had problems with them on the roof. A wildlife expert set a trap on the roof and six were caught. I was concerned that the bait in the trap was attracting the raccoons to the roof. The expert told me that raccoons on the ground cannot smell the bait on a roof; that they encounter the bait when they are on the roof. In other words, they are on the roof looking for a home not bait. Is this true? I don't want to be feeding the raccoons, just to put money in the wildlife expert's pocket! I did have an unused chimney that is now capped, and that was the scratching I was hearing at night. I still hear the footsteps and see raccoon poop on the roof periodically but no damage. Thanks for your insight. Sharon
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