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.
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.