Is Poisoning Raccoons Effective?


Quick Answer

Poisoning raccoons is typically ineffective, and in some states it is illegal to poison the animals. Options that are effective include trapping, fencing the property and removing items that attract the animals, such as garbage or other food sources.

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Trapping is typically legal and is an effective method of removing raccoons. The traps work when baited with food, such as cat food, and placed in an area where the raccoon frequents. Both live traps and kill traps are available for purchase. If trapping or killing raccoons is prohibited by state or city regulations, contact a professional pest control company for assistance in relocating the animal.

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