Addison's Raccoon Removal and Prevention

Addison Pest Control is the Raccoon specialist.

Addison Pest Control is the Raccoon specialist.

You want…

  • 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...

  • An affordable, professional, honest and warrantied wild life control expert...

  • An environmentally conscious treatment that is safe for the whole family, including your pets.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Answers to all of your questions

  • A no-obligation quote over the phone in seconds

  • Flexible scheduling with 24/7 same-day service throughout the GTA.

  • No hidden service fees or follow up costs.

Addison has...

  • Decades of experience

  • A trusted track record

  • All-inclusive warranty

  • Comprehensive customer service

  • Rigorously trained technicians

  • Tried and tested extermination methods

  • The safest, most effective insecticides


Service Area

Downtown Toronto, Midtown, Chinatown, the Annex, Little Italy, Harbourfront, Cabbagetown, Summerhill, Forest Hill, Rosedale, the Junction, Parkdale, Bloordale,  Scarborough, North York, Brampton, Mississauga, Vaughan, Markham, Pickering, Hamilton, London and beyond!


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.


Our process


Step 1: Raccoon Perimeter Exclusion


  • Physical


  • Steel mesh

  • 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


  • Physical


  • 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


  • Pheromone


  • 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 do I identify a raccoon?

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

  • Snout: 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

  • Nocturnal animal

  • 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

  • Most common natural cause of death is distemper, at epidemic proportions can kill most of a local population

  • 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

  • utility poles

  • trees that lead to the roof of home or garage

  • garbage cans, compost bins, recycling bins

  • eaves, soffits, flashing

  • roof shingles



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:

  • under decks

  • under sheds

  • in chimneys

  • in wall voids

  • attics

  • 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


Are raccoons dangerous?

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

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

    • disoriented

    • slow moving

    • can become aggressive if cornered

    • seizures.

  • If residents notice a raccoon displaying abnormal behaviour, they should call 416-338-PAWS.


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