Raccoons are smart, interesting animals to watch from a distance, but they are not people-friendly. Raccoons are a nuisance because they will rummage through your garbage, ruin your yard and garden, gnaw on your house, eat your bird seed and pet food, and spread diseases that can harm your pets.
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helps Canadian homeowners and business owners by eliminating raccoons from their properties. This article contains our best advice for permanently eliminating raccoons from your home.
Keeping raccoons out of your attic, basement, and your lawn or garden
Occasionally, raccoons nest indoors. They turn attics and basements into latrines. Raccoons are normally solitary, although groups urinate and defecate together to prevent spreading their scent. Roundworm eggs in feces can cause lethal heart, lung, liver, eye, and brain infections in humans, particularly newborns and the elderly. Raccoons can spread leptospirosis, tularemia, ticks, mites, and lice throughout the house. Raccoons may damage roof vents, fascia boards, insulation, and shingles when accessing your home.
How can you deter raccoons? Avoid tree limbs that raccoons can use to jump onto your roof. Cut tree limbs 5 feet (150 cm) from the roof.
Make sure chimneys have spark arresters and screens. Remove roof-leading trellises and arbors. Always close the attic outside doors and windows. Install 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch (10 to 15 mm square) wire mesh under porches, decks, and tool sheds, excavated at least 6 inches (25 cm) into the dirt.
Don’t feed the animals.
Preventing raccoons from viewing your lawn or garden as an open banquet is another vital step in keeping them at bay. Bringing outdoor pets’ bowls inside for the night is a good practice. Garbage cans should have secure lids to prevent the spread of odors and insects. Maintain trash receptacles off the floor by placing them in a rack.
Any food might find on the ground, such as fruit or nuts. Don’t give raccoons any food; if you can, try to talk your neighbors into doing the same.
Frighten raccoons for relief.
Motion-activated flashing lights or radios can deter raccoons from invading your property. Plants fertilized with bloodmeal or bonemeal will not attract them, and the smell will keep them away. Raccoons can be discouraged from accessing your property by using scarecrows, water sprinklers, and fluttering flags. Regrettably, raccoons get desensitized to all these techniques after a few days.
Make trespassing your yard shocking.
Raccoons trying to breach an electric fence will receive an unpleasant but innocuous shock. You’ll need electric fence posts (often 1/4-inch (6 mm)-diameter iron rods), plastic insulators, electric fence wire, and a charger to construct an electric fence. The fence is erected around the property’s perimeter, with the first wire strung onto the insulators at approximately 6 inches (25 mm) and the second wire at the height of about 12 inches (50 mm) from the ground. Never plug an electric fence into a regular electrical outlet. Power the fence with a solar battery or a suitable step-down transformer. A plastic caution sign must be displayed on the fence by the laws of some jurisdictions.
An electric fence only has to be powered from nightfall till sunrise. Although a severe jolt can be delivered by simply brushing up against the fence or holding a hand near the electrified wire, they pose no threat to people or pets. However, an electric fence that uses regular home electricity is extremely dangerous.
Raccoons digging up new sod for grubs and worms can be kept away from your lawn and garden with an electric fence.
A dog is just as likely to trap and kill a raccoon.
Dog owners can use their pets, sparing away raccoons. Raccoons are around three times as powerful as dogs per unit of weight. Raccoons can swim as well as they can run and jump. In other cases, they will take dogs on chases through the water for so long that the animal tires of swimming and eventually drowns.
Several canine breeds were developed specifically to pursue raccoons. First, President George Washington brought French Grand Bleu de Gascogne hounds for raccoon hunting. These dogs’ modern offspring, the Black, Tan, and Blue Tick coonhounds are among the few that can defeat a raccoon in a fight.
Raccoon trapping usually involves live animals.
Raccoons can be killed instantly with a snap trap, but unfortunately, so can cats, dogs, and other lovable critters. Most raccoon trapping techniques result in an enraged animal that must be dealt with after capture. The bait for the Duke Dog-Proof Coon Trap is contained in a cylinder that raccoons, not dogs, can only access. However, you can’t use the Duke Dog-Proof Coon Trap on your indoor cats. Assuming the trap has been correctly staked into the ground, a coon can be held in this trap until it is killed. The raccoon is held even more firmly by the Coon Dagger Trap by Sudden Valley Supply, which may also be set up to catch other animals.
Havahart traps are necessary for catch-and-release raccoon control to avoid animal cruelty. Steel mesh forms the body of these traps, and one or two hidden entrances reveal a bait dish underneath. When the raccoon goes in for the bait, the door closes and catches it. Havahart also produces two-door traps, which have an escape hatch on one side and a quick-closing door on the other, for cautious animals that won’t enter a trap unless they can see out. Raccoons captured in Havahart traps can be moved to release locations up to 5 miles (or 8 kilometers) away. It is crucial to pick the correct Havahart trap size. RACCOON REMOVAL SERVICE IN TORONTO
While hiring experienced raccoon catchers may cost extra money, you can rest assured that they will do the job correctly and safely. Find a raccoon pest control service licensed in your state and operates per its regulations on the treatment of the surrounding environment, the application of any chemicals, and the protection of any animals.
It’s not the same as getting rid of other wildlife that invades human property when a raccoon has taken up residence. Smart, agile, and potentially dangerous, raccoons have a lot to offer. Previous expertise in trapping and removing raccoons is very desirable.