Skunk Removal Toronto

How to get rid of skunks on your property in Toronto ON

Skunks are often problem causers in urban environments, they are nocturnal and the two main culprit species are the spotted and the striped. It’s common knowledge about their noxious odour that they use to defend with, however it isn’t well known that these pests can be carriers of canine hepatitis, rabies, canine distemper and plenty of more diseases. It is important therefore, to be able to first detect that there is a skunk hanging around your property , to eventually get rid of it.

The distinctive pungent odour that a this animal leaves, is a tell tale sign that there is a critter somewhere in the vicinity. Anywhere that they lingers, will have that faint odour that is so distinctly evident, even of the animal isn’t spraying particularly in den areas. If you consistently smell a hint of skunk in the air anytime you are in you yard doing work, then you may have a new neighbour. If it’s winter time and you smell the odour, it is very likely that boys are fighting over any females in the area.

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Reasons skunks are on in your home or property

When they feed, they normally leave holes in the ground between 3-4 inches in the grass. Another indicator that it’s a skunk and not a raccoon making these holes, is that the holes are not deep, and close to a perfect circle. They are going for grubs and other insects when they make these holes, they also make holes under buildings that gives them access to underneath. When insects and grubs have damaged the sod on a lawn, skunks will roll back the sod and gain access this way, as it is less work for the them compared to digging. Be sure to address any sod that has been rolled in this fashion, as if left for too long, the grass can be damaged beyond repair, requiring a complete new installation of sod which could be costly.

Dogs are another good indicator that you have wildlife animal problems on your property, sporadic barking at night could mean that the they are active outside. Being nocturnal, they are out at night time doing their hunting, and dogs that are inside or fenced in somewhere, will gladly bark at them when they pass by while on their nightly rounds. Though the skunk might not be going in your direction that night, it’s very likely that one day they will come to you too.

There are different techniques available that will help in damage control caused by these animals. Due to the spraying often done by them, and the rabies they often carry, homeowners often opt for a professional to come and handle the situation, and as they should. The experience they have in the removal of problem skunks allow for the homeowner to get rid of the problem without having to deal with them.

Skunks offer a service that is desirable however, if left peacefully, they are adroit at rodent and insect control. The fact that they are nocturnal, they can live unnoticed for years as they are generally only active during the night. However if a situation does come along, here are some considerations.

Signs you have skunk on your property in Toronto

  • Identify that it’s a skunk causing the disturbance
  • removing potential denning sites on your property is a good idea
  • just because you smell odour, doesn’t mean you have a resident skunk, sometimes it can be another animal that has been sprayed in the neighbourhood.
  • They often are a positive addition to you property rather than a problem, as they eat pest species that often cause significant damage to vegetation and lawns
  • add light as skunks don’t like light at all and prefer to stay in the hidden dark areas
  • seal holes under your house, deck as these are prime places for skunks to hide in
  • reduce attractants, like everything else preventative measures are always best
  • motion activated sprinklers are safe and a natural way of repelling these smelly critters

If you or any of your family does happen to get sprayed by one, there is a natural formula that is quite effective.

  • 1 tsp dish detergent or liquid soap
  • 1 litre of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • a quarter cut of baking soda

Mix these ingredients together and take a bath or have a rub down to the sprayed person immediately after the deed. Rinse with water and avoid contact with eyes.

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Raccoon Removal Service in Torono

Dealing with raccoons in Toronto

Raccoons have a habit of living in human homes, and there are many complaints associated with this behaviour such as.

  • Rabid raccoons
  • Raccoons living in chimneys
  • Raccoons stealing pet food
  • Raccoons living in attic
  • Tipping over garbage bins
  • Conflict with pets

For these reasons and more, people opt to have these problem animals removed from their property. Check out the areas serviced by Local Pest Pros and see if we cover you today.

Raccoons have adapted to living amongst humans in Toronto Ontario, and for this reason it is the most common nuisance animal dealt with in the Toronto area. They’ve learned that garbage bins are a great source of food, and that human homes are perfect for mama raccoons to give birth and raise young kits in. The mother will tear an entrance in the roof to get to the attic, where they will make a mess and not be quiet about it. The mess they leave along with their droppings are enough to make you go crazy. They are quite strong and will tear off ducts, insulation off pipes etc. They are notorious for stealing pet food, however they’ve learned that trash cans are an abundant source of food, and many people find out in the morning when their trash is squandered all over their yard. Be sure to keep your pets safe, as they do carry disease  and different parasites that can affect you or your pets.

DISEASES RACCOONS CARRY

Rabies are rabid (pun intended) amongst raccoons, including other potentially lethal diseases. It is very important to capture raccoons that are using your home as theirs, as they do carry things like canine distemper which is fatal to dogs, as well, their feces can contain raccoon roundworm, and If humans breath in the spores from this disease, it can seriously infect you or your loved ones.

BEHAVIOUR OF RACCOONS.

They really have a thing for urban areas, this is probably due to the fact that there is an abundant food supply in the urban garbage bins. They are adroit climbers and extremely dextrous with their hands. They are strong and often tear new areas open to explore for food and shelter. They often den in crevices of trees, but love to make a homestead in attics.

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HOW TO KEEP RACCOONS OFF YOUR PROPERTY in Toronto

Keeping raccoons from entering your property is a difficult task. It would require a special fence to keep them from climbing, however they are formidable climbers. There are no devices or machines either that deter them either. There have been attempts using things such as sound machines, sprinklers and flashing lights that proved to be useless. Sprays and powders are also not effective. Truthfully raccoons on your property aren’t the problem, the problem lies in when they start tampering with it, overturning bins, digging, pooping, eating birdseed etc. these are all attractive to the raccoons, and for this reason the logical thing to do (which works) is to make it less attractive. Keep your yard clean, close any entry holes to warm comfortable and potential den. Take your pet food inside etc.

HOW TO REMOVE RACCOONS in the greater toronto area

Trapping and removal is the only surefire way to get rid of raccoons in Toronto, and permanent sealing of entry points to keep them out in the future. If they have inhabited your attic, it’s important that the wildlife handler remove the littler of babies by hand before trapping and removing the female. If they are just outside and causing problems, they can be trapped and removed, be cautious as they’ll grab and dig anything within reach of the trap.

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