Raccoon removal made easy with Elite Pest Control

A raccoon that’s making appearances in your yard is looking for either food or shelter. That’s because these night prowlers understand the benefits of staying close to populated areas such as your neighbourhood. Our racoon removal service is both effective and humane, and our technicians are experienced in the cleanup and decontamination of the mess left behind by raccoons that have invaded your attic.

Signs of a raccoon infestation

Here are some indicators that racoons are getting too close to your home:

  • Scratching sounds or movement in your attic at night
  • Chattering sounds in your backyard at night
  • Scratches or gouges along your roofline, gutters or roof air vents
  • Paw prints in your yard
  • Droppings that look like dog poop laying on the roof, at the base of trees or elsewhere in your yard
  • Overturned garbage cans
  • Damage to your composting container
  • Pulled-down bird feeders
  • Uprooted plants in your vegetable garden
  • Dark smudges along house siding or rain gutters from the oils in their fur

How did they get into my attic?

Raccoons are clever creatures that have been known to use tools. They are good at spying tree branches, eavestroughs and adjoining rooftops that will let them gain access to your attic. Fieldstone and brick walls on the exterior of your house won’t deter raccoons; they are excellent climbers and will find a way to get to reach your eaves if they think there’s potential for a warm, dry den inside.

Raccoons usually gain access to your attic via the roofline of your home. Uncovered chimneys, loose roof shingles, openings in the soffit and joins: all afford raccoons the means to get in. With their long, tapered fingers and sharp nails, they can bend downspouts to crawl on, and they can gnaw through siding, shingles and roofing under-layers. They can also tear off roof vents or work open wobbly shed doors.

Raccoon dangers

Many homeowners are concerned about the damage unwanted wildlife can do to your property, but it is especially crucial to be aware of the health risks associated with raccoons:

 Rabies. In Quebec, homeowners should be aware of the danger of rabies from wild raccoons. Several cases are suspected and reported every year in neighbouring Ontario.

Roundworm. Raccoon feces harbours roundworm eggs. Do not attempt to clean up droppings in the attic, in gutters or in the back yard without using suitable protective gear—there is a significant risk of ingesting the eggs or inhaling dust that contains them.

Damage. These pests can ruin your attic insulation by shredding it or soiling it with urine and feces. They also raid chicken coops to eviscerate hens and eat eggs, remove garbage container lids and spread garbage around, steal fish from ponds and destroy vegetable gardens.

If you suspect that a nuisance animal is taking advantage of your hospitality, it’s important to let a professional raccoon removal company deal with the problem because of the parasites carried in raccoon poop.

A humane approach to getting rid of raccoons

In winter, a single raccoon might establish a den in your attic. It will have accumulated enough body fat that it doesn’t need to scavenge for food and can sleep for several days at a stretch. In this kind of situation, our usual method is to bait and set live-capture traps. We then relocate the animal elsewhere, in a natural environment where it will flourish and not be able to return to your home.

In spring, a raccoon infestation is more likely to comprise a mother and as many as five or six babies. We will remove the babies carefully, by hand, and place them in a cage. We will then capture the mother, place her in the same cage as her young, and relocate them.

We consider home sealing and prevention to be a central step in the raccoon removal process. When we come to your home for any kind of extermination or wildlife emergency, we take the time to properly block off all possible entry points to prevent further infestations, both during and after the removal process.

How to keep raccoons away

Here are some things you can do to prevent any raccoon problems around your property:

  • Keep garbage cans in a shed or hold their lids down with a heavy object
  • Compost organic kitchen and yard materials in a locked-lid composter
  • Repair rain gutters when they become loose
  • Don’t leave food or unwashed food containers outdoors
  • Clean up windfalls of fruit and seeds from your shrubs
  • Spray a raccoon repellent product
  • Install fencing or sturdy mesh around gardens and under sheds

If a raccoon gets comfy and cozy in your attic or under your deck or shed, it’s going to be tough to get rid of. Contact Elite Extermination today; with our time-tested capture and removal strategies, you will be free of raccoons at last.