I need advice on how to get rid of raccoons destroying my lawn, and how to get the city's attention regarding these pests

Hey there. 

The Raccoons are tearing up our front yard.  Is anybody else being bothered by these pesky critters.  They run early in the morning in big packs. Called the City of Benicia and they referred me to Solano county, who referred me to the Humain Society where I got an answering machine...

Any ideas about how to get rid of these dudes?

Ragged from Raccoons

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Sonny Flores September 28, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Had a problem with them coming in the cat door in the early hours. Secured the cat door at night, but they still would try to come in, they are very smart and no where to look for their next meat., I was able to set traps, (cat traps). I borrowed them from a friend. You may be able to contact the Animal Shelters who will rent them out as well. In three nights we caught an Opossum, and 2 Raccoons. Cat food works well. Extreme caution! Once caught, cover with thick Tarp, due to the fact that they will be reaching out of the cage grabbing at what ever is close, your hands, legs. Catch and release. I released them out at lake Herman. Best of luck.
oldstonemason September 29, 2012 at 04:34 AM
raccoons are a problem
T. Gunter September 29, 2012 at 04:55 AM
In regards to getting rid of the raccoons, you just have to think like a raccoon. What would a raccoon do? This way of thinking might prove advantageous in other of life's common situations, as well.
T. Gunter September 29, 2012 at 04:56 AM
I watched as one of my neighbor's house guests hurled fist-sized rocks at a mother raccoon with her young in tow as they traversed a fence line. His summation of the event was, "Hey! You know what those things will do to your kids?". To which I replied, "Yes, especially the injured ones that are trying to protect their young.".
"The Black Panther of Poetry" September 29, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Tom these people giving their advice on how to capture a raccoon are not giving you reliable advice. Take it from a Country boy(that's me). The best way and economical way and humane way to catch a raccoon is to: *Place a huge Garbage can(I think the dimensions are 30 to 50 gallon) in the area where the raccoons are getting their food. *A metal/tin can is best but plastic will do. *Secure said Garbage can to a tree or post so the raccoon wont tip it over once in, trying to get out or even trying to get in. *Put some type of vegetable in can like cabbage or any other food they like. The raccoon will come at night or when ever and get in the container and won't be able to get out. PROBLEM SOLVED!!!
Joe Feltcher September 30, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I may be the only one who got that.
T. Gunter September 30, 2012 at 02:21 AM
That trick never works. You underestimate the raccoon.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" September 30, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Try it Tom, it's not a trick. It just basic physics!!! The taller the can the better, but make sure the Garbage can doesn't tip over and try to give the Raccoon a post or tree to get into Garbage can. Once in, he/she won't be able to get out(UNLESS CAN TIPS OVER)
T. Gunter September 30, 2012 at 02:58 AM
OK. Supposes it does work. What now do you do with a "tall can" with a raccoon in it, does it stay in there forever?
"The Black Panther of Poetry" September 30, 2012 at 03:54 AM
No!!! Put the lid on it and secure it with duct tape or rope or something and drive it to the State park or Local anima habitat or Zoo. It will be a fun trip for the raccoons and you would have saved a life(a win/win). Which reminds me of a old Southern joke: A man was driving alone the country road with a car full of rabbits. I mean rabbitts were everywhere in the car all over his head and everything. He could barely see the road. A policeman noticed the man speeding a little bit. The cop pulls the man over and begin to give him a ticket for speeding. Right then he noticed all these rabbits everywhere, even on top of the mans' head. He immediately forgot about writing the ticket and began to question the man aggressively. The cops screams, " Sir, what are you doing with all these rabbits in your car. Take them to the Zoo". The man relieved that he didn't get a speeding ticket. Told the cop, "OK sir I will take them to the ZOO right now"!!! The man drives off with the rabbits all over his head and everywhere, barely seeing the road and happy that he didn't get a ticket. One hour later the very same cop sees this car again with the same amount of rabbits. The cops says, "Sir, I thought I told you to take these rabbits to the Zoo"!!! The man exclaimed with much excitement, "I did...I did take them to the Zoo!!! Now I am taking them to the Park"!!! (LOL) I will be here all week!!
DC October 01, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Skunks are equally as bad in Benicia, they also dig in lawns looking for grubs...if you have territorial dogs with sharp senses, this could be a problem! Keep peroxide on hand.
J October 11, 2012 at 10:38 PM
They were tearing up my lawn and driving me nuts. There is some stuff to put on the lawn to get rid of the grubs which is what they are after. I also put out a trap but I had some greedy ones. I put cat food as the bait and it didnt work. As soon as I put french toast and a burrito in the trap, I had myself a raccoon. However, the only thing with traps is it is a misdemeanor in CA to relocate wildlife without a permit. After I used the stuff to kill the grubs and set out the trap, they never came back.
Tom Benner January 18, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Hi everyone...Thanks for all the advise...I ended up napalming the lawn with mega-grubkiller, and that worked...the critters found no food and moved on...now I have to remember to zap the lawn once in the spring and once (or several times) in the fall...See you at Raley's...


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