Raccoons are very good at getting out of traps, even professionally built ones. If you really want to get raccoons in numbers and not have them get out then I suggest you buck up and buy a good trap that will last you a life time. My suggestion would be an egg trap (that's what it's called) you can order them from most trapping supply companies. I have been using mine for over twenty years without having to replace even one. Now I'm not plugging any company here but I get the impression that some people might not know where to find a good company to start there search for trapping supplies so I will mention one- Cumberland's northwest trappers supply, inc. I only name them because I know they sell the egg trap for raccoons.