Raccoons are clever and intelligent animals that have adapted well to human environments. As cute as they may look - they are powerful and vicious when cornered, which is why they can be difficult to eliminate once they decide to set up home with you.
Raccoons can be carriers of rabies, fleas, lice, ticks and other internal and external parasites and diseases. An example of this is the raccoon roundworm, which is a type of roundworm found in raccoons. It can infect people, dogs and other animals that it may come into contact with.
Raccoons are known to cause extensive damage to property. Nesting females are particularly vicious, and often tear off wall and roof shingles, rooftop ventilators, and fascia boards as they try to find an entrance into your home. Once inside attics or basements, raccoons will rapidly shred insulation, air conditioning and heating ducts, and can contaminate the room with foul smelling urine and excrement that can leak down and stain ceiling panels.
Popular areas of homes that raccoons enjoy turning into their den are chimneys, underneath decks, outbuildings, and crawl spaces.
Fortunately for residents of Scarborough, Toronto, York, Mississauga, Markham, Oakville, Brampton, Durham, and the rest of Ontario, Imperial Pest Control experts are highly experienced in getting your unwelcome raccoon visitors to vacate their urban dens.
We use one-way traps to tempt the raccoon out, but not let it back in. We take care to check if trapped females are nursing, so that we don't leave behind any young cubs to starve.
We will also inspect your property and make recommendations of measures you can take to make your home less attractive to raccoons and other wildlife invaders in the future. Our experts always take the approach that prevention is better than cure, and we want to be sure that your raccoon visitors prefer to go elsewhere when looking for new winter shelters and nesting sites.
However, it may on occasion be necessary for communities to rally together and tackle their common raccoon infestation as a group. For example, pet food left outside overnight, open and accessible garbage cans, un-protected compost piles, fallen fruits and nuts and other food sources will tempt raccoons into the area and could make them a hazard for you again
Adult raccoons can grow to be anywhere from 24 to 40 inches in length and weigh around 14 to 40 pounds – pretty heavy! Their size usually is based on what their diet is and how much they eat, so it’s almost impossible to tell how old an adult raccoon is by their size alone.
Raccoons enjoy living in wooded areas where water is nearby, so places like a park or a forest would be their favourite place to hang out. However, they are very adaptable and can be found in a variety of other habitats as well, like prairies, fields, and marshes.
Raccoons are excellent foragers, and will eat anything that they can get. This includes vegetation like crops and plants, animals like mice, voles, and rabbits, and anything they can scavenge, like garbage.
Closely examine the interior and exterior of your attic, including the roof, and locate the area where your raccoon may be getting in. Seal off that entrance, and then in your attic, set a cage trap to help catch the raccoon. Remove the raccoon and let it lose back outside, or in a different area where laws allow it.
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