Raccoon removal service
Professional exterminators in Quebec
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 exterminators have the skills required to get rid of your infestation problem.
How do you know if you need a raccoon exterminator?
Here are some indicators that you should use a raccoon removal service:
- You hear scratching sounds or movement in your attic at night
- You hear chattering sounds in your backyard at night
- You notice scratches or gouges along your roofline, gutters or roof air vents
- You find paw prints in your yard
- You discover droppings that look like dog poop laying on the roof, at the base of trees or elsewhere in your yard
- You find overturned garbage cans
- You find damage to your composting container
- You notice pulled-down bird feeders
- You find uprooted plants in your vegetable garden
- You spot dark smudges along house siding or rain gutters from the oils in their fur
Why do you have to remove raccoons?
Insects and other pests can be very clever. Raccoons 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. When it comes to raccoon removal, our caulking service is often recommended to seal off all access points to your home.
Raccoon dangers according to our exterminators
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, contact our professional raccoon removal company to deal with the problem because of the parasites carried in raccoon poop.
A humane approach to raccoon removal
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.
Our raccoon exterminators 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 service or pest control emergency, we take the time to properly block off all possible entry points to prevent further infestations, both during and after the removal process.
Raccoon exterminator tips to keep them away once and for all
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 Pest Control right away. Our exterminators use time-tested capture and removal strategies.