Addison's Raccoon Removal and Prevention
To quickly eliminate the raccoon presence in your home, yard or garage, stop the destruction of your property and live in peace in your own home...
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Key Facts About Raccoons
One of the most versatile urban scavengers, raccoons can feed on just about any food scrap or organic waste
Toronto` home to one of the most active raccoon populations in the world
Feed on organic waste in dumpsters, garbage cans, restaurant disposal and domestic compost bins
Dextrous paws and excellent memory enables them to master and remember complex tasks for years (opening doors, unlatching garbage bins)
Nocturnal animal that forages mostly after dark
Establish nesting sites in any dark and protected area, such as: under decks, in chimneys, in wall voids, attics, roofs of sheds or garages
Cause a wide range of damage to the home and yard, including: damaging roofs, chewing holes, leaving faeces and filth in transit routes
Pose a variety of health risks through the spread of bacteria, pathogens and parasites in their faeces and urine.
Step 1: Raccoon Perimeter Exclusion
One-way trap door
A thorough 360º inspection of home and garage foundation from interior and exterior to identify potential entry and exit points.
The main entry point is identified and a one-way trap door is installed so racoons can exit their nesting area but cannot re-enter.
Secondary entry points or insecurities in soffits, flashing or foundation is secured with sturdy steel mesh.
Severe structural insecurities are brought to your attention, and a construction plan is laid out.
Any insecure weatherstripping or door seal is identified and repaired.
Once all raccoons have left nesting area, the trap door is removed and the entry point is closed off completely
Raccoons that exit their nest to forage will be unable to re-enter and will move elsewhere
Prevents new raccoons from entering your home in the future
Not effective for raccoons that are nesting outdoors but active in your yard
Step 2: Raccoon Trap and Release
Humane live raccoon trap
1-4 live traps are set up in raccoon transit or foraging routes.
Traps are baited with any fragrant palatable food, such as sardines or marshmallows.
Animals are usually caught within 24-48 hours.
Trained technician dispatched within hours to remove caught animal
Animal released far enough away that it will be unable to find its way back to your home
Humane relocation does not cause the raccoon any suffering
Quickly captures animals and eliminates the problem in less than a week
If Raccoon kits (babies) are less than 8 weeks old, neither mother nor kits can legally be trapped
Step 3: Raccoon Repellence
Coyote urine pellets
Small batches of coyote urine pellets are distributed throughout your garden, shed or garage
Deters future populations of raccoons from taking up residence in or around your home.
Ongoing protection against rampant raccoon population in Toronto.
Discreet, piles of pellets are indistinguishable from soil.
Safe for pets and children.
Eventually washed away by rain, wind, snow, water runoff.
Some raccoon populations are resistant to repellence.
Beware of Discount Wildlife Control
Improper trap and release programs can cause the animal unnecessary pain and suffering, separate kits (babies) from their mothers, and fail to effectively eliminate the problem.
Inexperienced technicians relocate raccoons to areas where they will find their way back to your home.
Many companies seek to cut corners, do shoddy or incomplete exclusion work, closing off one entry point and leaving many others for raccoons to access your garage or home.
These companies seek to lock you into a long term contracts to make you dependent on their ongoing service rather than solving the problem for good
What You Need To Know For Effective Raccoon Control
If you suspect that raccoons are active in your home, yard or garage, clear and complete information is the first step to getting rid of them. Here are a few facts, myths, and tips that will help you to make a well-informed decision about what to do next.
How To Identify Raccoons
Raccoon shape, size and colour
Weight:5.5-22 kg (12-48 lbs)
Overall length: 60-95 cm (24-38”)
Tail: 19-40 cm (7.5-16”); bushy with 4-6 alternating black and brownish rings
Colour: reddish brown above; greyish below; Characteristic black “face mask” facial patterning
Toes: Five in front, 7.5 cm long, five in back, 8-11 cm long
Ears: Pointed; dark base and lighter at tips
Droppings: Generally cylindrical, uniform in diameter about 5 cm long, granular texture
Teeth: Long canines
Double their springtime body mass by late fall as they prepare for winter hibernation, reducing activity drastically
Thick insulated underfur makes up 90% of their coat, gives raccoons excellent ability to survive cold temperatures
Short legs and tubular body-form impede quick running
Raccoon Behaviour and Characteristics
Extremely versatile foragers and scavengers
Eat almost any organic or human food waste
Dextrous paws and excellent memory
Can master and remember tasks for years such as: unlatching garbage cans, opening shed doors, turning door handles, peeling away roof shingles
Poor long distance vision
Long claws make them excellent climbers, can descend and ascend vertical surfaces
Hypersensitive to touch
Finely-tuned sense of smell, use pheromone markers to define territory
Excellent hearing, and close range night vision.
In addition to urban food waste and garbage, raccoons feed on insects, worms, and nuts such as acorns
Prey on other animals such as fish and amphibians
Cause extensive damage to lawns, roofs, eaves, sheds, windows, doors, garages and garage doors in search of food and nesting sites
Raccoon Reproduction Habits
Mating season triggered by increasing daylight in late winter/early springtime, January-April
Unrelated males band together in groups of up to four and roam for female mates
Banding together strengthens their competitiveness against other males
Males take no part in raising the young and may mate with several females
Females establish nesting sites in any dark and protected area, such as: under decks, in chimneys, in wall voids, attics, roofs of sheds or garages.
Females carry a litter for about 65 days
Each litter consists of 2-5 young, known as "kits"
Born blind, heavily reliant on mother for first stage of life
Kits raised by their mother until dispersal, usually in the late fall or after their first winter
Females typically forage and nest within a restricted area
Solitary males roam long distances, up to 20 km to find a mate
Captive raccoons known to live over 20 years, life expectancy in the wild or in the city only 1.8 to 3.1 years
Heavy vehicular traffic and extensive hunting accounts for up to 90% of all deaths of adult raccoons
Broad range of natural predators such as: bobcats, coyotes, and great horned owls
How Do I know if I have a raccoon problem in my home or yard?
Since raccoons populations are so high in the GTA it is not uncommon to see live raccoons, kits, and the marks of their foraging around your home and yard.
You should consider taking action to relocate a raccoon population when raccoons:
Become a severe nuisance
Cause financial loss or psychological distress to members of your home
Establish a nest in sheds, garages, under decks, attics or in wall voids in your home
Are active in such abundance that it puts you and your family at risk
Why should I take action as soon as possible?
Easier to remove a nesting mother before she gives birth
Mothers more protective and aggressive of nest after giving birth
Ontario law prohibits relocating a mother raccoon or kits until they are 8 weeks old
Signs of a raccoon infestation
Scratch marks on climbing surfaces
holes chewed walls and roofs
Holes chewed in garbage cans, compost bins, or other organic waste storage
Filth trail along transit routes
Signs of burrowing or digging under porches, decks, and sheds
Foul musty odour close to nesting areas
Faeces along transit routes, foraging and nesting areas
appearance of faeces: cylindrical, uniform in diameter about 5 cm long, granular texture
Footprints in soil, or on pavement around your house
Remnants of fur on eaves, shingles, or entry points
Frequent sighting of live animals, entering or exiting garage or home
Scratching, scurrying, cooing noises in the attic, the roof, or in wall voids
Where to look for signs of raccoon activity
Corners of home and garage
trees that lead to the roof of home or garage
garbage cans, compost bins, recycling bins
eaves, soffits, flashing
How did raccoons get into my home or garage?
Raccoons are one of the most common pests in the GTA.
Active in every neighbourhood, it is no longer a question of IF, but WHEN raccoons will take up a nesting site near your home or garden.
They are a resourceful mammal with excellent dexterity and strength.
They use their strong jaws, sharp teeth, nimble fingers and long claws to chew and pry through almost any reinforcement.
In early spring, raccoon mothers seek out a suitable place to bear their young. They search for a place that is dark, protected, secluded and quiet.
Some of the most common nesting sites include:
in wall voids
roofs of sheds or garages
How can Addison help prevent raccoons from nesting near my home?
Since Raccoon populations are so rampant in Toronto, being proactive is the key to ensuring a raccoon free home and garden that is safe for your family, children and pets.
Give us a call today for more information or to schedule same-day raccoon removal in seconds.
Addison’s raccoon service includes a comprehensive raccoon inspection and prevention plan:
a 360º perimeter inspection of the interior and exterior of your home and garden
identification of potentially vulnerable access points
reinforcement of the roofline with raccoon-proof wire mesh
deterrent pheromones distributed discreetly around the perimeter of your property
identification of structurally insecure zones that require renovation or construction
Can I prevent raccoons on my own?
Yes, there are many steps you can take to ensure that raccoons do not nest and multiply in or near your home, putting your family and pets at risk.
Raccoon mothers seek out nesting sites that:
are secluded, private, undisturbed
close to reliable food and water sources
provide adequate shelter for her young
relatively easy to access
Keeping these factors in mind, here are a few things you can do to ensure that your home is less appealing to raccoon mothers seeking a nesting site in the springtime:
seal all garbage receptacles, compost containers and recycling bins
closely monitor the footprints and raccoon damage on your property
conduct regular inspections of the roofs and foundations of your home, shed and garage
eliminate any standing water that would be an easy water source for raccoons
install exterior flood lights
prune trees so there is no easy access to roofs
install inverse cone guards on utility poles so raccoons cannot climb up and down
What do Raccoons eat?
One of the most versatile urban scavengers can feed on just about any food scrap or organic waste, there is
Very little that these urban scavengers will NOT eat
omnivores: will eat plant matter, or animal matter
In the wild raccoons have a varied diet, including:
berries, fruits, nuts, grains, vegetables
insects, birds, eggs, poultry, rats, squirrels
small livestock, fish, snakes, crawfish, worms, and frogs
In the urban environment raccoons seek food sources in a variety of human waste, including:
Food scraps, meat bones, restaurant waste
pet food, bird feeder seed, organic garbage
How Dangerous are Raccoons?
Because of the elevated population of raccoons in the GTA, seeing a raccoon occasionally should not cause panic.
If, however, raccoons create a nesting site close to or inside your home garage or yard, it it poses risks to you are your family, including:
exposure to a variety of bacteria, viruses and pathogens
exposure to rabies
exposure of your pets to canine distemper virus
significant property damage to roofs, eaves, soffits and other outdoor items
puts your pets at risk of a violent confrontation with a raccoon mother
an aggravated and protective raccoon mother will attack humans and pets if she or her nest is threatened
disruption and psychological strain from scratching, rustling and cooing in the walls
All mammals may harbour the rabies virus
Raccoons not a significant vector of the disease for many years
Caution should still be exercised
Raccoons should never be touched, and should never be fed.
To mitigate the risk of exposure to the virus the City of Toronto requires:
All dogs and cats living in Toronto are required by law to be vaccinated against rabies.
Consult your veterinarian for more information.
Stay away from all wild animals especially if they appear tame, injured or sick.
Raccoons exhibiting abnormal behaviour should be reported to 311.
If bitten by any animal, wash the wound with soap and water, contact a doctor, and report the bite to Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600.
If possible, have someone keep the animal in sight so that it can be captured or confined.
For further information about rabies, visit rabies.mnr.gov.on.ca/.
Canine Distemper Virus
virus that is present in low levels in the raccoon population
Humans cannot contract the virus
Unvaccinated dogs are at risk
Signs of distemper include:
may approach people
curl up to sleep in open areas in close proximity to people
can become aggressive if cornered
If residents notice a raccoon displaying abnormal behaviour, they should call 416-338-PAWS.