All About Raccoon Removal
Raccoons are one of the most adaptable animals we deal with and have excellent problem-solving and memory retention skills. They’ve successfully adapted to living in an urban environment.
When it comes to food, raccoons will eat almost anything that’s available. They’ll occasionally capture small prey, but usually tend to eat fruit and vegetables, so looking for food in garbage cans and green recycling bins appeals to them.
Raccoons have dexterous and powerful hands – and a relentless determination – which means they can be experts at opening lids, latches, doorknobs, and garbage cans.
Raccoons conserve energy in the winter by staying inactive, but unlike bears, they don’t hibernate.
The females give birth in early spring to early summer with an average litter size of 3-4 kits and the moms are strongly maternal, which is essential, because their young are dependent on them for up to a year. She teaches the babies how to get into cozy urban spaces such as attics, basements, kitchens, garbage dumpsters and cans. For more information about noises in the attic commonly made by raccoons check out our blog post here.
How to get rid of raccoons:
Knowing how to get rid of raccoons humanely is certainly an urban challenge! It is common for homeowners to make many mistakes when trying to solve the raccoon problem on their own and excluding them from their homes.
Some common mistakes homeowners make when working on how to get rid of raccoons:
- Just covering or sealing an entry on the home which leads to the raccoon causing more damage trying to escape or the raccoon dying inside the house.
- Cutting down trees to stop raccoons from getting on the roof. Raccoons climb up brickwork or downspouts to get on the roof; they don’t need trees.
- Using home remedies such as ammonia and mothballs in an attempt to deter the raccoon; they don’t work.
- Playing loud music or using bright lights such as halogen lamps. These do not work and can be a fire hazard.
- Trapping raccoons and relocating them far away. Raccoons are territorial and removing one raccoon creates space for another raccoon to move in. It may also cause any current babies to starve and die, perhaps in your attic space. It is also an illegal practice.
- Poisoning the raccoons. This is cruel and illegal and can lead to the same problems as trapping and relocation.
What we do:
- We identify points of entry and use a one way exit system to allow the raccoons effective methods to evict themselves
- We raccoon-proof the home by securing and sealing weak points to prevent re-entry.
- We inspect the attic for signs of raccoon damage, feces or babies.
- We return to remove the one-way door and permanently seal the entry.
Knowing how to properly handle raccoon removal can be a challenge for homeowners and this is where we can help.
Our experience has taught us where and how raccoons can break into your home and we know exactly how to get rid of raccoons and other animals before it happens again. We offer a 5-10-year guarantee of raccoon removal. We offer free raccoon inspections in the Hamilton and Halton area.