Step 1: Supplies Needed
Metal Cage / Animal Trap - found at most hardware stores
Wire - floral wire works great
Long sturdy pole - such as the end of a shovel
Bonus fun supplies:
Video camera that you can monitor remotely
Look for any gaps in vents or soffits, particularly around the gutters and around attic fans or lights. The hole they are getting in may be smaller than you think is possible. Fill in any gaps with expanding spray foam to completely seal them off.
Take the pinecone and coat thoroughly with peanut butter.
Next, cut off a piece of wire about 12-18 inches long. Take the wire and wrap it around the pinecone a few times, getting it securely in the pinecone's grooves. Take the loose ends of the wire and secure them to the metal cage. Placement of the pinecone is very important. Attach the pinecone towards the middle-to-back of the cage, hanging from the top. Do not put it directly against the side or else the raccoon will be able to reach it from outside the cage. You need to incentivize them to enter the cage. The pinecone must also be far enough back that the raccoon has to enter the cage far enough to set off the pressure sensor, which will spring the cage's door shut behind them.
A pinecone is recommended because it can be tightly secured inside the cage. Loose food is easy for a raccoon to grab and run with, and they will not stay inside the trap long enough for the trap's door to close.
If you have a remote viewing camera, put it in the attic where you can keep an eye on the cage without having to enter the attic yourself. The more you go into the attic, the longer it will take the raccoon to work up the courage to approach the cage. One note, if you are not using a camera to monitor the cage, be sure to check on it a couple of times a day. You don’t want the raccoon to be trapped in the cage for too long, as it could start to get dehydrated or start injuring itself trying to get out. You don’t want the animal to suffer.
Use a long pole, such as a shovel end or a boat hook, to lift up the cage. This keeps a safe distance between your body and the raccoon.