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How To Get Rid of Raccoons Fast and Permanently

Learn powerful up to date methods from the experts that will stop Raccoons in their tracks and get rid of them for good. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

The timeline depends on the removal method you are using. A professional removal ranges from a few hours for manually handling a mother and babies to a few days for trapping. DIY raccoon trapping can similarly take a few days based on how effective the trap placement is. Scaring a raccoon out of your home or yard will generally work immediately if it is going to work. Likewise, using repellents to flush out a raccoon, when effective, will take a few hours to a couple days.

Waiting for a raccoon to move on its own can take anywhere from a few days to a few months, especially if food is easily available. Removing food sources will often hasten this process.

First, know that raccoons almost only attack in defense. It is rarely unprovoked, so giving the raccoon space is the best protection against a bite. If you are bitten, flush the bite with water and soap and apply an antiseptic. It is recommended that you also seek medical attention for rabies. Although rare, the post-exposure treatment for rabies is 100% effective and safe when administered in a timely manner. It can help to have a professional capture the animal so it can be tested for rabies, but is not necessary. Only a few people die from rabies each year and the CDC has only one recorded human death of rabies transmitted by a raccoon.

Yes. DIY prevention methods are extremely effective at any property, although they may need to be significantly scaled up if your property is large. For removal of an adult raccoon or baby raccoons, professional assistance is recommended for businesses or multifamily living situations as attempting to capture the raccoon yourself can put customers or tenants at risk during the process.

The cost of removal depends on whether the wildlife control professional uses traps or manual removal to address raccoons. Traps range from $75 to $150 per trap placed. Manual removal, due to the increased risk and involved process, can be upwards of $500. Your location and local pricing will also impact the cost.

Because raccoons are potentially dangerous when they come in contact with people, choosing a wildlife control service that you can trust is more important than pricing alone. There are people who offer to assist with raccoon removal, but do not have the necessary licensure, experience, or equipment to perform a safe and humane trapping.