Raccoon Removal and Prevention 

 

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Raccoon Removal


damage to home done by raccoonWe’re the best raccoon removal and wildlife prevention company in Southern Ontario. Raccoon removal should only be done by a professional wildlife company, do not risk injury or damage to your property. We provide safe and humane raccoon removal services in Southern Ontario with hundreds of satisfied homeowners, just like you.

If you suspect you have raccoons either in your home or attempting to break in, call a professional immediately to assess the situation. Due to their size and dexterity, a raccoon will destroy an attic, garage or shed in no time.

Evicting raccoons from your home is a surprisingly fast, clean and 100% effective process for a wildlife removal expert.

Below is a comprehensive resource on raccoon removal and prevention. We have some helpful videos, links and advice to help you permanently and humanely deal with raccoons.

Confirming It's Raccoons


 Identifying Noises

raccoon climbing a ladderThe easiest way to identify what species you're dealing with is by noticing the noises the animal is making. Each species exhibits behaviors that translate into specific noises that will help you identify them. 

This is especially true for raccoons. They are the largest of the urban pests we encounter and as such make it easy to identify them as the culprits once they have gained entry to any structure.

Raccoons have a heavy step. In your attic, for example, it will literally sound like you have a small person stomping around up there. 

Other sounds are specific to mating season (winter months) and birthing their litters (early spring). When raccoons mate it sounds like they are fighting. It's very loud and aggressive. Once their kits are born, both the mother and the babies will be very vocal.

Have a look the video below to hear what raccoons sound like:

 

 

 

TimIng is everything

Why-Raccoon-Removal-Should-Only-Be-Done-by-ProfessionalsThe next best way to confirm that you are in fact dealing with raccoons is by observing what time you notice activity. These urban pests are nocturnal by nature, therefore you will hear them exiting at night to go out and raid the neighbourhood trash cans. Returning in the early morning hours to sneak back in and keep a low profile while their unwitting hosts prepare to start another day.

Another important indicator is the season. Raccoons mate during the early winter months and have their litters in early spring. The most common time to have raccoons on your property is early spring as they search for a safe place to give birth. This is when we see a huge spike in raccoon calls.

Noises and timing are the two best indicators that you are dealing with a raccoon entry. The good news is as a general rule of thumb in the wildlife removal industry; the larger the animal the easier it is to evict. The downside to this is that if not dealt with quickly, they have the ability to inflict significant damage in a short period of time. 

More than any other species, it's imperative to react quickly if you suspect you are dealing with raccoons.

 

TIME OF year

Once again, its important to reiterate raccoon activity will increase drastically in the springtime. Mating season for raccoons is during the cold winter months and come spring they are looking for a safe and warm place to give birth. Typically litters are born between March and late May, but with the strange weather we have been experiencing the past several years, we are seeing babies born later and later in the year.

You want to avoid having raccoons give birth in your building. Seems like an obvious point to make, but we cannot stress this enough. It takes several weeks for the kits to become mobile, during this time they are dependant on the mom for everything. Not only is it noisy and messy, but it can last the better part of the spring if not caught early. To make things even more interesting, female raccoons will instinctively return to their place f birth to have their babies. If you have not put some preventative measures in place chance are you will be dealing with this issue again and again for years to come. Best to avoid this whole cycle and evict and prevent reentry before the mother gives birth.

 

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How We Evict Them


Inspection

5 Questions to Ask Before You Seek Rodent Removal Services-601749-edited-275946-editedThe first step is to have one of our technicians complete an inspection. We can't even speculate as to what may be involved in resolving your issue until a technician physically sets eyes on the place. Each house and each case is completely unique and require an completely unique approach. 

Our technicians are experienced and highly trained wildlife professionals. With over 50 years combined experience in house, our team will be able to provide you with all the answers you need. 

The inspection will take about 30 minutes and involves a thorough examination of all affected areas. Our technician will thoroughly inspect the exterior of the structure, get up on the roof and inspect the roof line, roof vents and plumbing vents and finally, we will have a look in the attic and any other relevant areas, such as garages and sheds.


Upon completion, we will sit down with you and go over our findings in detail, after which you will be presented with an itemized quote for all the suggested preventative measures.

 

 Raccoon Removal Process

baby raccoon breathing outside airThe eviction process is simpler than you may think. As we are a humane wildlife company, we only interact directly with the animals if absolutely necessary. The less we interfere with them physically, the easier the eviction process will be on both them and your home. 

Our method involves the use of a one-way door system which allows the raccoon to leave on its own once things quiet down and everyone is gone. We seal up every possible entry point and place a one-way door in the area it used to enter your building. The animal's body weight will press down a lever allowing the animal to exit, this lever will snap back up behind it locking it out permanently. Your houseguest will typically leave during the first night.

Once the animal is successfully evicted we return to remove the door and seal up the area.

 

 

Prevention Measures

It's important to take certain steps to ensure you will not be dealing with this issue again down the road. Once a raccoon has broken in successfully, they will try their best to get back in. Any babies born on your property will instinctively return to try and have their litters as well. It's important you take all steps to secure the building to avoid another break-in.

We seal off all possible entry points. Reinforce any problem areas and offer you a lifetime warranty, thus ensuring your peace of mind and confidence in the fact this issue is dealt with permanently. Lastly, we decontaminate the affected area, riding the surfaces of the raccoon's hormonal scent. This drastically reduces the chances of new wildlife picking up the scent and attempting and join the party. 

 

Have a look at this video; raccoons can also be discreet about their entry into your home:

 

 

 

Clean up and decontamination

Our team will clean up the affected areas, removing any debris, or mess left by the animals. More often than not this is sufficient. We will also replace soffit panels, roof vents, etc as long as the materials are provided and made available on the day the work is being completed. 

If repairs need to be completed beyond the scope of our expertise, we work with several local contractors and can make some recommendations if necessary.

As for decontamination of affected areas after removal of raccoons, this is only necessary in more extreme instances. Our technician will address this during the initial inspection if need be.

 

 

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Dangers


PROPERTY DAMAGE

After your families health, damage to your home is next biggest risk posed by a raccoon break-in. Through either breaking in or trying to break out, raccoons can wreak havoc on our attic, garage or shed.

Do not attempt to seal of an entry point if you see one. Trapping an animal in a structure will only lead to two possible outcomes. A new exit whole created, and much more collateral damage as the trapped critter panics to get out, or the animal will perish if it can not get out.

Next potential disaster is if a mother raccoon has her litter in your structure. This happens between March and Early June. It makes an awful mess, they will use materials found in the occupied space for nesting materials. Furthermore, the birthing process is very messy.

The fun does not end there. It's highly possible you will have to co-exist with the young family until the kits are mobile. This will take several weeks. It's best to react quickly and have the animals professionally removed before they have an opportunity to give birth.



Have a look at some raccoon damage found recently at a customers home:

 

 

 

CONTAMINATION AND DISEASE

raccoon showing its teeth

Another significant risk raccoons pose to humans is infecting us with one of several diseases they could potentially be carrying. There are several ways they can transmit the virus to other animals, including humans. These diseases can be contracted either through feces and urine, bites or scratches. It can be airborne through bacteria in feces and urine, consumed through contaminated food or transferred through contact with an infected animal. As the urban raccoon population continues to grow, so will the instances of interactions with these animals.

Below is a list of the most common diseases and how they are transmitted:

  • Rabies - transmitted through saliva. A bite or even a scratch (chances are their claws came in contact with saliva) from an infected animal will do the trick.
  • Salmonella - this is transmitted through feces containing microorganisms. Usually contracted by an infected hand touching your mouth.
  • Roundworm - transmitted through feces. The eggs are light and can become airborne. Infection occurs through inhalation of this eggs. 
  • Leptospirosis - transmitted through urine. Contracted through drinking contaminated water.

infographic with rabies statistics for 2016

  

 

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