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Did you know that a raccoon can travel nearly 30 kilometres from its territory in search of food? If you see a raccoon near you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it lives in your neighbourhood.

Although less active in winter, raccoons inevitably return as the cold weather passes. This massive return is a source of concern for many who see them as pests. Today, we answer the question: what can we do to thwart the return of raccoons?

Where have the raccoons gone?

Raccoons like to spend the winter in a warm place. As the cold weather approaches, they set out in search of a place to live. Some choose to settle in the hollow of a tree, while others choose abandoned dens. Some other cleverer ones, who manage to escape raccoon exterminators, opt for the underside of your balcony or even your attic. The latter is especially suitable for them because it is cozy and protects them from bad weather and predators.

What do raccoons do when spring returns?

For raccoons, the end of the cold season signals the return of their food sources. The respite provided by spring also encourages them to reproduce. From February to March, raccoons spend most of their time mating and searching for food. In doing so, they can make quite a racket, because, despite their burglar appearance, they are not subtle at all. They will gladly spill your garbage cans, tear your bags apart and destroy everything between them and the food they crave. Gardens, bird feeders and exterior siding. Anything is fair game.

Why is the return of raccoons a threat?

If spring is approaching and the raccoons’ rest period is coming to an end, you should be thinking about prevention. Although cute, raccoons carry several diseases, including rabies and roundworms. Beyond the potential health risks, raccoons sometimes cause serious damage to the homes they storm, including breaking, shredding and contaminating attic insulation with their urine and feces.

Measures to keep these mammals at bay

How can you keep raccoons away from your home when spring promises their inevitable return? Start with your garbage. Seal your bags, secure the bin lids to make them difficult to open and rinse all your containers before throwing them away. At the same time, inspect your home for any access points. Next, seal the entries. Ideally, outsource this task to a company that offers a raccoon extermination service. They can install metal screens in the right places to prevent raccoons from entering your home.

How can you protect yourself from the return of raccoons?

There are many other ways to protect yourself against raccoons and no one understands them better than an exterminator. Elite Pest Control has the expertise and equipment to keep these small furry animals at bay. To learn more about raccoons or to have them exterminated, contact Elite Pest Control.