While spring signifies the end of the long and cold winter season, it also marks the beginning of the raccoon baby season. Now, Toronto has had a long and arduous history with these notorious trash pandas, so much so that millions have been allocated to pest control efforts in hopes of curbing the raccoon invasion. Considering that raccoon baby season will be in full swing soon, it will be best to be extra wary of these pests as they may start taking over parts of your home if left unchecked!
To help you out, we’ve prepared a quick guide about what you need to know about dealing with raccoons this spring:
What to Look For
Now, there are several signs that indicate a raccoon invasion. First, you’ll most likely hear the noise from the baby raccoons around the house. You’ll also want to listen for signs of the mother raccoon scavenging for food at night.
Mother raccoons tend to severely damage your property when they’re setting up a den. As such, you’ll want to check for damage to your roof, gutters, and vents. Lastly, you’ll most likely notice a foul odour (from the raccoon droppings and urine) in your home if they have already managed to establish a den.
Where to Look
It can be quite tricky to locate where the raccoon dens are because they can get anywhere they want. However, there are things you can take into consideration to narrow down the search. Raccoons tend to prefer warm places that are shielded from the elements and other potential threats.
For the most part, you’ll want to check spaces that are usually out of sight. Your crawl space and attic fit this description, as raccoons could tear through your roof to get inside. Sheds are also quite susceptible to raccoons, especially if they aren’t used often. Likewise, you’ll want to check the space under your porch and deck, as raccoons can easily get in there.
How to Deal With Raccoons
Once you locate the raccoon den, it’s important that you don’t try to remove the raccoons on your own. Keep in mind that raccoons have razor-sharp claws that can cause serious injury if you aren’t trained to handle them. Another thing you’ll want to take note of is that while you may desperately want to get these raccoons out of your home, there is always a better way of doing things.
For instance, there are plenty of options for humane raccoon removal in Toronto and surrounding areas. The first thing you want to do is to contact the professionals and inform them of the current situation. They’ll then assess the den’s space and figure out how to extract the mother raccoon and her babies.
It’s important that the babies are extracted from the space along with the mother as leaving one behind could cause the mother to force her way back into your home to get to the baby. Though smaller raccoons can be extracted by hand, it’s best to make use of a one-way door system for adult raccoons as handling them isn’t really an option due to how erratic they can act.
At the end of the day, it’s important that you understand that these animals are only doing what they have to do to survive. This is why it’s important to approach removal as humanely as possible. Extracting raccoons humanely also offers the safest and most convenient solution for everyone involved, as they are designed to minimize the risk of injury and property damage.
If a raccoon has somehow made its way into your home, then you have come to the right place. ICE Wildlife and Pest Control has been offering pest control services in Toronto and surrounding areas for decades, and our trained professionals will remove the raccoon from your home without incident. We also offer hazmat cleanings for any mess that the raccoon will leave behind. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services!