Though they look cute and cuddly, raccoons are related to bears and have a similar temperament-especially when cornered or around their young.
Raccoons in Southern Ontario have adapted to urban life and are commonly seen or encountered in parks, neighborhoods or yards. Raccoons may carry diseases that can be spread to people and pets, including raccoon roundworm (Baylisascaris), leptospirosis, and rabies. They can also cause serious scratch and bite injuries to people and pets.
Raccoons weigh between 10-20 lbs. (sometimes up to 50), are crafty and can get out of most traps sold in stores. There are no effective raccoon repellents. While cute, a raccoon’s bear-like temperament makes it unsuitable for close contact or being a pet. Infested attics need to be cleaned and decontaminated to avoid infection by disease or bacteria.
Here are the main problem you may encounter when dealing with a raccoon.
Living underneath concrete slabs, such as sheds, decks, front steps, crawlspaces, attics and more.
Cause damage to attics and roofs, Chew through wires; Damage wooden joists; and overall property damage.
Steal pet food and bird seed, Tip over garbage cans, Alarm dogs, cats and other pets with their presence during the night due to their nocturnal habits
Carry fleas, ticks and other parasites, leading to even more diseases, spread diseases, including rabies, to humans and pets
Cause further problems under decks, front porches, decks, and other concrete slabs
Lacking natural predators, which can create overpopulation
Because there are dangerous conditions such as leptospirosis that can be transmitted through racoon feces, you should always take the appropriate precautions before entering a confined area where racoons have been, or disturbing a racoons nest. Because the animals do create a significant amount of droppings, and some diseases can become airborne, it is important to wear a pair of goggles and breathing apparatus, to filter out any harmful spores. It is also important to dispose of the feces appropriately, as even if it is buried dogs and other animals can dig it up. Ensure that the feces is placed in a sealed container or garbage bag, and that it is either put out with the garbage or incinerated.
Discourage raccoons around your residence
Never feed raccoons
Feed pets inside and store pet food inside
Prevent raccoons from entering your house through pet doors or other openings
Keep garbage cans inside and use locking or secured lids outside
Clean barbecue grills after each use
Use secure bins for food composting
Avoid contact with raccoon feces and safely clean up areas where raccoons defecate (raccoon latrines) on your property.
Avoid direct contact with water, soil and vegetation contaminated with raccoon urine.
Here are some final thoughts we have to share with you directly from our owner operator of 20 years Dan Adamson. After this I'm sure you will be convinced that we are the right team for you and DIY may no be the best option in this case.
One of the most interesting facts about raccoons is that they rank above cats and just below monkeys on the mammal IQ scale. Monkeys are generally considered to score just below humans and great apes on IQ scales, which means that raccoon intelligence is not as far behind us as we might like to think. That's why common traps something don't do the trick and can just harm the animal.
These animals most of the time are trying to find a home or have made a home from you property when you weren't aware of them. As with any home they will protect it and attack if they feel threatened. We have dealt with them for years so we understand their behavior and psychology. With that we are able to remove the animal without any incident and with the safety of the animal in mind.
Ideally you would want to do nothing, just leave them alone and everything would go back to normal. Sadly that is not the case, skunks once they find a place they want to call home they will nest there are depending on the time of the year expand their family. It's better to find them a new home before that happens.
The last part is something that not many people enjoy and its cleaning up after an unwanted guest. Some of these animals may leave feces, food, bedding and many other things behind. These can lead to possible diseases and bacteria being formed which can cause issue for you and those around you. We get in there, get it cleaned and leave your space good as new in you choose for us to do it. We don't force any services!!!
Our goal when I created CWC over 10 yrs ago was the same as it is today: to provide the best possible animal and pest control company in the marketplace through these company mission goals.
1. Best possible customer service in the market
2. Best possible prices in the market
3. Best possible humane removal of wildlife in the market.
To this day we strive to meet each of these goals with every customer we have the pleasure of working for. I give you my word.