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Everything About Raccoons and How to Humanely Remove them from your Home or Business

It’s raccoon season! In the Spring raccoons are trying to find safe places to have their babies. They will get into your shed, attic, walls, floors, under the deck and all sorts of other creative hiding places when they are trying to find a place to make a home.

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Everything About Raccoons and How to Eliminate them From your Home or Business

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How do you get rid of Raccoons?

It is important not to do Raccoon removal yourself and let Addison a pest removal company handle humane raccoon relocation. There’s always a high risk of danger when handling raccoons; it is important to be prepared ask all the right questions and let Addison help you. Some risks include disease through contact with Raccoons whether it is bites from getting too close or disease from exposure to fecal matter building up inside your home. To seal holes and repair siding on your home often ladder and work high up on your home is required this is another risky situation avoid putting yourself in harm’s way by hiring a professional.

Make sure to eliminate food sources outside your home, seal entryway to your home and structures around your home. Raccoons are nesting and raising their young when they enter your home; this can make them aggressive when you come across them in your home.

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How to Identify Raccoons

Head to hindquarters; raccoons typically measure between 16 and 28 inches although the body weight of an adult raccoon varies with habitat, making the raccoon one of the most variably sized mammals. It can range from 4 to 30 lbs but is usually between 8 and 20 pounds. By late fall, raccoons can weigh twice as much as in the spring and are prepared to go into a winter rest, reducing their activity drastically. Insulated underfur that comprises 90% of their coat makes raccoons well-adapted to the cold, although due to their short legs raccoons are not able to sprint or jump great distances. Their level of dexterity allows them to climb down vertical surfaces head first by rotating their hind feet to face backward. The distinctive facial mask of the raccoon is thought to help reduce glare and therefore enhance night vision. Using hand like paws, raccoons pry open garbage bins, turn door knobs and handle objects.

Signs of a Raccoons Infestation

Raccoons love trash, and this is where you can look for them. Overturned trash cans, partially eaten vegetables from your garden, structural damage to buildings where they enter or exit. When Raccoons enter or exit their den, they will often remove siding shingles off of your roof, causing structural and economic damage to your home and property.

Signs of Infestation:

  • Structural Damage
  • Fecal Droppings & Odour
  • Animal tracks/footprints
  • Raccoon Sighting: See on property exiting/entering den
  • Noises coming from roof/attic

Where did they come from / how did I get them?

Although having a poor long-distance vision, raccoons are hypersensitive to touch, have a finely-tuned sense of smell (will leave pheromone markers), hearing, and excellent night vision. Though primarily nocturnal, and quite dormant during the winter months, the raccoon will at times be active in daylight, taking advantage of available food sources. Raccoons are omnivorous, and in Toronto, they can find a good portion of their diet by eating garbage. Raccoons will eat insects, worms, and nuts such as acorns. They will also eat other animals, and prefer prey which is easier to catch, specifically fish and amphibians. Raccoons may do damage to lawns when on the hunt for grubs and can rip shingles off and chew holes in buildings to establish a safe den to rear kits and access food.

What do Raccoons eat?

Raccoons are omnivores and are excellent at opening doors and latches, and it is relatively easy for them to do so. Raccoons are diverse and adaptable animals this includes their diet, they have a broad diet including berries, fruits, nuts, grains, vegetables, insects, birds, eggs, poultry, rats. Squirrels . Small livestock, fish, snakes, crawfish, worms, and frogs. They will eat pet food, human food, and trash, so essentially there’s nothing they won’t eat.

How Serious are Raccoons?

Raccoons that take up residence in the attic or other structure, residents may hear scratching, rustling, and squeaking, especially during evening hours. Raccoons will select an area near the den where they deposit urine and excrement, and so foul odours should alert people to the presence of the Racoons. Although all mammals may harbour the Rabies virus, Raccoons are not a significant vector of the disease, but always exercise caution. Do not ever feed or pet raccoons they are not pets and should not be domesticated. 

How Addison Can Help Eliminate a Raccoons

Addison has a multitude of very efficient and humane forms of control for removing raccoons from your property following all provincial guidelines.

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How Addison can help Prevent Raccoon Infestations in the Future

Control Measures:

The easiest way to control or prevent raccoons from inhabiting a structure on your property is by implementing physical control measures in tandem with raccoon removal by a licensed technician from Addison Pest Control. Check your property for holes in structures where they may be able to create a den. If raccoons have already built a shelter within a structure, removal before permanent seals are installed, in particular between the months of April and September when Cubs who may not be mobile. Removal of garbage, debris, and old structures from your property will deter raccoons; the area should be brightly lit.  Spread deterrents around entryways to the den or talk play radio. Remove sources of food and bins, try using rodent-resistant locking lids. More tips and information, including local rules for wildlife trapping and removal, can be found on the City of Toronto’s website here. Addison Pest Control complies with all Municipal, Provincial and Federal regulations concerning the safe and ethical removal of wildlife pests.

Note: Raccoons are fur-bearing mammals under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. A person is permitted to capture an animal humanely on their land in defense or preservation of property.

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