Raccoons are commonly found making homes throughout both urban and rural areas of the Greater Toronto Area, including Brampton and the surrounding cities. Though in the wild, their diets subsist of insects, mice, frogs, and crayfish, raccoons are incredibly adaptable dependent on their environment, and are able to scavenge for discarded food by searching through trash.
Raccoons in Brampton and the Surrounding Areas
Due to the fact that it can be so simple for raccoons to forage for food in trash bins, they often prefer to build their dens in attics, garages, or sheds – anywhere close to residential areas. Because female raccoons can have as many as seven cubs early in the summer, and spend the first eight weeks caring for their young, this close proximity to humans guarantees reliable meals for themselves and their young. As the seasons progress and arrive, because raccoons will spend most of their time during the winter months sleeping in their dens, permanent structures are preferable living spaces for animals looking to find new living spaces.
Know the Signs
Being aware of the various indications which point to a potential inhabitation of wildlife on your property can help to get you to deal with the situation as quickly and efficiently as possible. These signs can come in the form of certain noises or sights around your home or yard.
Often, one can even determine which type of animal has built a nest or den on the property by distinguishing the noises heard. Several factors come into play when assessing the sounds; as they are mostly nocturnal, raccoons are most active shortly after dusk, when they leave their dens to find food, and typically later in the night when they return. It should be noted, however, that raccoons can be active during the day, though this is uncommon. Additionally, due to their hefty weight, raccoons tend to have much heavier footfalls, sounding much louder than a rat or squirrel. Should there be a raccoon family living on your property, complete with a litter of babies, it’s possible to hear their distinct cries – a definite indication of raccoon presence.
A more obvious sign is an actual raccoon sighting. Though they are less likely to be active during the day, raccoons are not what you would call a small animal, nor are they silent or swift for that matter. They are quite easy to spot, often rifling through trash bins outside the house.
Damage and Dangers
A raccoon that has built its den in your attic, shed, or garage can cause plenty of property damage. Creating their beds often involves shredding wallpaper, vent ducts, insulation, and roofing materials in order to ensure their dens are comfortable for themselves and their young. They’ve even been known to rip apart cooling systems, fans and vents, ducts, and wooden beams. They may also scratch and claw at siding and roofing, as well as gnaw away at electrical wires. This can cause great concern as it poses a serious fire hazard in addition to causing serious damage to a home’s wiring.
Raccoons who create dens inside homes will also defecate and urinate all over the attic or basement in which they’re living, creating an entire space which needs to be completely disinfected. The feces are not only malodorous, but they often are host to countless zoonotic diseases, such as raccoon roundworm. There is also the unpleasant reality that often, wildlife that build their dens or nests in homes can die before being found, and the odour emitted by a dead raccoon is overwhelming.
In terms of health risks, the most widely recognized disease associated with raccoons is rabies; it is crucial to never approach a raccoon if it looks sick or confused, or is moving awkwardly. Another disease commonly carried by raccoons, which can mimic the early stages of rabies, is distemper – this disease is particularly hazardous for cats and dogs, so ensure that your household pets are up to date with their vaccinations and are checked for worms annually. Moreover, raccoon feces carry a host of diseases and parasites, such as the earlier mentioned roundworm, lice, fleas, giardia lamblia, trypanosoma cruzi, rickettsia rickettsii, leptospirosis, and salmonella.
Control and Removal Facts
Our method for removing a raccoon from your home or business is a two-pronged approach. It is, quite simply, not enough to move the animal from its den as it will always return. Our first step is to affix the entry point with a one-way door. This allows the raccoon to easily walk out of its den, closing the door behind it and preventing re-entry. Then, in order to ensure a permanent wildlife removal, a comprehensive search for any additional points of entry must be found and sealed to prevent the raccoon from re-entering the den once it has been emptied. Because a raccoon is quite dexterous, with strong jaws and teeth, each entry point must be professionally closed and reinforced with high-grade materials.
Efficient Control and Prevention Services
Once our proficient and trained technicians at North Star Pest Control in Brampton and the surrounding areas examines your issue in detail, we use our exceptional experience to resolve your wildlife removal/management skillfully and quickly. In addition to our humane pest control practices, we offer full roof and siding repairs and can install or repair deterrents such as chimney caps and vent covers which provide excellent raccoon pest management prevention.