RaccoonRemoval.ca is a division of Hawkeye Bird & Animal Control - the #1 Toronto Animal Control company.
Thanks to our unique licensing, permits, and qualifications we are able to offer Raccoon Removal methods beyond trapping and releasing. We are the ONLY company in Southern Ontario able to do so - CONTACT US for details.
Raccoon in your attic?
Raccoons are nocturnal animals, so you'll likely not hear or see them during the day. In the evening and throughout the night, however, you will hear scratching and thumping coming from your attic, or you may catch sight of them leaving and returning after a food run.
Trapping and removing the raccoon(s) in your attic is your best line of defense. Once trapped, you, the home owner, have the choice to have the raccoon released within one kilometer of capture, or to have the animal euthanized.
We differ from other companies providing raccoon removal services; we are the only wildlife trapping company in the GTA licensed with the Ministry of Natural Resources with a fur bearer trapping license. All of our technicians are licensed trappers. This unique qualification enables us to offer the guarantee that the animals caught will not return.
Raccoon in your garbage?
Common practice to leave garbage cans on your back deck or by the side of your home may be the worst thing to do when it comes to urban wildlife. Unsecured garbage or the smell of food is like an invitation to a buffet for raccoons. Even bins and containers dubbed as 'raccoon proof' have been known to be mastered by the masked bandits. Ideally, you'll want to lock up all garbage in a small shed.
Trapping the offending animal and then securing your waste in a locked enclosure is your best option in terms of a long term solution. Please remember that it is illegal to trap or relocate nuisance wildlife without the proper licencing – strict guidelines must be adhered to. Don’t put yourself in danger – our licenced technicians will handle everything.
Call us at (416) 429-5393 for fast, effective, and permanent solutions to your raccoon problem.
Raccoon under your deck?
Raccoons like to create dens in dark, safe, and quiet places. During the summer months, the space beneath your deck may be the perfect location for a mother raccoon to raise her offspring. Females will get quite aggressive when approached and/or threatened.
RaccoonRemoval.ca guarantees permanent and humane raccoon removal, as well as provides solutions to help prevent the same problem in the future.
With our raccoon removal services, we will also give you an assessment of your deck, identifying known or likely access points or vulnerabilities, along with soltutions to repair damages or fortify what's there to prevent raccoons setting up camp under your deck in the future.
PREVENTING RACCOONS FROM ACCESS TO YOUR HOME
Raccoons will look to your home for shelter. The primary and obvious preventative actions include closing of all doors and windows, inspecting and capping any open vents or chimneys. If raccoons have previously managed to enter your home, you will also want to inspect and repair any damages left at known entry points. Materials best suited are wire mesh, wood, concrete, or sheet metal. The area under decks and other structures may also be used by a determined raccoon and should be checked regularly.
- Before any opening is closed off or any chimney is capped it is imperative to confirm that all raccoons have been removed, especially between March and July when there may be young present.
Systematically block any gaps that lead to porches, patios and sheds. It is also preferable to block access to all areas that might be used by the raccoons as a toilet or latrine such as: gardening patches, compost containers, flower beds and out door play areas such as sandboxes.
- Prevent raccoon access to chimneys or external fireplace outlets by securely fastening a commercial cap of sheet metal and heavy screen over the top of the chimney. This device, which is available in stores, should be made from heavy material and securely fastened to prevent raccoons from removing or breaking it;
- Ensure that the eaves, roof and overlay are in good condition for blocking access to your attic. Pay attention to shingles, soffit, and fascia as raccoons often will leave damage behind when attempting to enter your home.
- Remove unused TV towers and trim back any overhanging branches that might allow access to your roof.
- Check for signs (claw marks or other damage) of any attempts to access the roof or gutter via the corners of the building. If this is the case, wrapping the corners of buildings with 1m x 1m squares of smooth material will prevent raccoons from being able to get a toehold for climbing.
- Ensure all ventilation holes are secured using heavy, rustproof screening to cover open-air vents to prevent any incursions.
What about your Garden?
Chicken wire and/or electric fencing works.
Ensure that your fencing is in line with local by-laws and legal requirements.
Because raccoons are excellent at climbing AND digging, they won't be deterred by ordinary fencing (wood, metal, or wire) alone, so fences should include an underground and aboveground barrier. The most common underground barrier is a 50 cm section of wire mesh or sheet metal with a minimum section of 30 cm embedded in the ground and the remaining 20 cm section folded outwards in an L shape.
This barrier can be attached to your existing fence. Try a coat of rust paint to extend the life of wire mesh used for such a purpose.
Perimeter barriers such as patio blocks, concrete pads, or large rocks should butt up against the bottom of your fence (to prevent squeezing under) and should extend outward 40 cm or more.
Installation of wire fencing with a spacing of no more than 5 cm. It is advised to use rolls of wire 1.8 m high. The wire is attached to metal rods 1.8 m long, set 2 to 3 m apart and embedded at a minimum depth of 30 cm. The fence should contain three sections:
- One 50 cm section embedded in the ground at a depth of 30 cm with a surplus of 20 cm folded outwards in an L-shape;
- A middle section 1 m high;
- The top section (30 cm) is not attached to the rods and should be slightly folded outwards. The upper section could include an electric wire positioned overhead. This will make it impossible to dig underneath or access the enclosure by climbing over the fence.
When used with conventional fencing, the use of electrified wires at both the top and bottom (to prevent climbing over and squeezing or burrowing under) is recommended. The top wire should be suspended about 10 cm above, preferably offset to the outside, while the bottom wire is set near (but not in contact with) the outside of the fence, at a height of about 20 cm above the ground. In some situations, a temporary application of electric fencing may be sufficient.
The use of two parallel wires, one about 15 cm above the ground and the other 15 cm above the first, making a total height of30 cm has proven successful. Two wires are recommended, but one wire 6 inches above the ground may be sufficient. Agricultural cooperatives and other stores that specialize in agriculture and farming sell the equipment you will need (metal wires, insulators, undulators, batteries and ground rods). In all cases where electric fencing is used, it is important to remove any vegetation or other materials that may touch the wires and cause them to ground out. For increased security, further attention should be paid to trees planted in the area surrounding the enclosure to prevent raccoons from accessing the enclosure via overhanging branches. The fence should be turned on in the evening before dusk, and turned off after daybreak. Electric fences should be used with care and appropriate caution signs installed.
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