Raccoons

raccoon-removal-torontoRaccoon removal Toronto. Effective and affordable solutions for the removal of nuisance raccoons. Our technicians remove raccoons from attics, sheds, soffits, basements and any other space a raccoon may have entered. Call: 416-993-6343

If you suspect you have raccoons living in your space give us a call. Our technician will visit your property for a no obligation inspection. Once the problem and potential solutions have been identified we will propose a course of action for the removal and proofing. All animals are removed humanely and entry points are sealed so you don’t have to deal with raccoons again.

Raccoon Problems and Best Solutions:

humane-racoon-removalHomes, attics, chimneys and other areas vulnerable to raccoon intrusion: Uncapped or even most capped chimneys are easily removed or bypassed by raccoons, allowing access to the chimney shaft, damper, or even the fire place. Roof vents or pipes are easily ripped by raccoons to allow access to the attic. Unfortunately once a raccoon learns to rip a roof vent or chimney cap, the animal remembers the steps and pursues such areas for the entirety of its life. Raccoon can also chew large holes in areas of the roof, such as a roof line with a gap, where the wood is exposed. Raccoons prefer attic spaces , however they also dig when necessary to live under steps, decks, garages, or sheds.

Lawn and garden:  Raccoon are known eat plants and vegetables, dig small holes, or even roll up big pieces of sod in order to get to the grubs underneath. Home remedies include sprinkling sap flakes or diluted Tabasco sauce, mixing bone meal, or simple lighting up the area. However, these approached generally do not work in the long run. The best method would be the installation of water spray or sonic deterrents, please contact us to discuss your case.

Garbage and Compost Bins: This is perhaps the most common complaint about raccoons by the Toronto and GTA home or business owners. Complete separation of food items and cleaning all recycling from food remains can limit the interest of raccoons to the composter only. It is best to store the composter indoors; however this is usually not possible. The home remedy deterrents above can be used, but must be applied frequently.

Raccoon Feces: Material contaminated by raccoon feces should be removed carefully (suit, mask, and gloves) and burned, buried or sent to a landfill. The contaminated areas such as decks and patios must be washed with boiling water and soap.

 

Raccoon Intrusion Prevention and Emergency Response:

raccoon-proofingRoof/side vents, pipes, and the roof line (if necessary) must be screened. All holes in sidings, loose soffit and dormers must be screened. The L-skirt must be used for foundation nesting. Extra care is required during baby season. One-way doors are used to let the animal(s), but not in. Trapping is sometimes used, but is not recommended. When trapping, all the regulations must be followed or might lead to fines, citations, or even charges. The nesting space must be deodorized and structural damages must be fixed. Once the animals are out, all the preventative measured must be taken as the home usually becomes targeted.

Raccoons in Toronto and GTA:

Raccoons have adapted well to urban environments and as the urban sprawl continues, the humane removal of raccoons or other wildlife control measures must be undertaken to solve numerous residential and commercial raccoon intrusion problems. As omnivores, racoons feed on grubs, insects, small rodents, fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Raccoons have amazing dexterity and use their front paws to pry things open. Raccoons breed from January to April with the whelping season in March to June. Occasional late births may occur in mid-summer. The young generally vocalize high pitch sounds, which can be considered a definite sign of wildlife intrusion if heard. Raccoons intrude attics through roof vents, roof pipes, roof lines, dormers, and soffits. This is generally noticed by the property residents from the sounds heard in the attic or walls. These animals can also take shelter under steps, porches, and decks; this problem is generally noticed by visible holes dug by raccoons.

These charismatic and fury creatures cause a considerable amount of damage to homes and buildings. Structural damages to the structure, health concerns (especially Rabies) and direct contact with humans and pets are the main concerns. The population of raccoons is on a rise especially in the southern parts of Canada.