Paul Stevens

There’s no better feeling for a wildlife removal technician than knowing they won’t accidentally hurt the animal they remove from the walls of a home. That’s how this raccoon removal job in Waterloo started out today. It started on a good note because we decided to use safe infrared technology (FLIR) to see signs of wildlife behind walls and as it turned out we were able to safely remove one mother raccoon and 4 baby raccoons who were stuck behind the wall at the base of the chimney.

The Kitchener/Waterloo area of Ontario has a lot of forests and greenage so homeowners encountering all sorts of wildlife is common. In this case, the homeowners could hear sounds coming from behind their walls in the basement and knew something was up.

They’ve been hearing the sounds for days and new it was time to call in the professionals.

As you can see in the video, we tackled the problem by first removing the mother raccoon who had her den site at the base of the chimney. We removed her first through the top of the chimney so we wouldn’t have to encounter her later on while we’re removing and handling her kits (baby raccoons).

At this point the babies are too young and unable to climb the walls themselves so in order for them to be reunited with their mother, they had to be removed separately. That’s where we utilized the FLIR technology.

The infrared camera enables us to see where wild animals are situated behind walls by sensing their body heat. Once we locate one or two thermal spots we know that’s the exact location of the animal. Having this important information on hand really helps speed along the removal process and ensures no wildlife are injured during the process.

It also greatly cuts down on the risk of guessing which part of the wall to cut through in order to create the removal opening. That saves you the homeowner time and money in repair costs. By utilizing the in infrared technology, we able to minimize the stress on animal and the homeowners, and minimize damage to the home while searching where in the walls the animals were.

This tool not only points out the radiant body heat of squirrels mind you; our complete list of wildlife and pests that we remove can be found by using it. It’s a great advantage to everyone involved, especially the animals.

The happy ending for these baby raccoons

If you watch the video you’ll you’ll see how easily we were able to accurately cut the holes and remove 4 remaining baby raccoons from the wall. Needless to say, you’ll hear the surprise from the customers and see how safely these babies where handled.

The babies were placed inside our specially designed baby box. We then took the safe box of babies outside and placed them near the base of a tree which had grown connected to the home like a pathway that the mother raccoon used to gain access to the roof.  While we were on site, the mother returned and started relocating her babies while we were there.

Raccoon mother relocating baby Waterloo

While the mother was doing her relocating, we tapped the chimney top so this type of intrusion cannot occur again.

Remember, it’s still baby raccoon season so even though you don’t see signs of raccoons in your home just yet, keep your eyes and ears open as the odds of your home having some sort of wild guess is pretty high.

Map of where rodents are found in houses most

As you can see by the image above (with credit from PestWorld.org) approximately 22% of homeowners in the Midwest experience a pest problem of some sort. Although we’re not in the Midwest, Ontario still falls along those lines. Ontario’s population isn’t as high, but know there’s no end to the calls coming in for removal services. Wildlife intrusions are out there and their happening. Are you ready? If not or if you don’t know, the only way to is to arrange for an inspection. It could save you thousands, and avoid a lot of the stress involved with harboring wildlife in your home.

Remember, raccoon removal should only be done by professionals. 

Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens, owner of All Wildlife Removal Inc. provides wildlife animal and pest control services for Southern Ontario. His company All Wildlife Removal Inc. has been featured on several local news networks showcasing the wildlife removal services. All Wildlife Removal Inc. has been protecting homes and business properties from wildlife and pests with over 20 years of combined experience. Paul and his team of wildlife removal techs take pride in educating the community about wildlife removal and why choosing an accredited wildlife control company can save you thousands of dollars a year and keep your family safe.

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