Pest Control Tips: How to Get Rid of a Raccoon

Similar to squirrels, there are a wide variety of techniques used when solving a raccoon problem. Techniques vary depending on the time of year and the particular situation. Most common techniques include one way doors and exclusion, live trapping, the use of deterrents by themselves or in conjunction with a one way door. Immediate removal by snare poling or catching is also options if the situation is appropriate. At Miller Pest Control we recommend an initial inspection to determine the extent of the problem, as well as the efficient way to solve the problem.

How to Identify a Raccoon Infestation

  • Racoons are medium-sized with a tail ringed with four to ten rings. Their fur can vary between gray, brown and reddish black, and they typically weigh 12 to 35 pounds
  • Racoons make various sounds from growling by adults and crying and whining by young. Sounds like this are most likely coming from racoons since mice, squirrels and rats don’t make these sounds
  • You may also hear sounds from chewing, scurrying and other movement. Since racoons are nocturnal, they usually, but not always, are active at night and are relatively quiet during the day
  • You may find Racoon urine and feces. In some cases raccoons choose an area in the structure to defecate, known as “raccoon toilet,”. These areas have a very strong odour, and can also cause staining on the inside of ceilings

How to Prevent a Raccoon Infestation

  • Minimize access to suitable foods, shelter and water
  • Seal all areas of the home where raccoons might gain access. Inspect large gaps, crawl space doors, chimneys, under decks and openings of garage doors. Seal or repair potential entry points
  • Keep trash cans clean and debris picked up
  • Cut trees back 6’ to 8’ away from your house to prevent access to the roof

Possible Health Concerns

  • Raccoons are carriers of parasites such as fleas and ticks as well as several highly infectious and dangerous diseases
  • Diseases such as rabies and distemper affect the population and have caused serious problems in some parts of Ontario
  • Roundworm is prevalent in raccoons and can be transmitted to humans by handling an infected animal or its droppings. This disease is potentially fatal to humans

About Raccoons

  • Raccoons are prevalent in South America, Mexico, as well as most of the United States and Southern Regions of Canada
  • Males have larger home range than females; home ranges vary in size, but are usually between 1-4 sq. miles (2.5 – 7.5 km)
  • Raccoons mate from late January to March and have a 63 day gestation period. The young are born usually between mid-April – mid May and litters usually carry between 1 and 6
  • Raccoons are mainly active between early spring and late fall. They go to den at that time but do not fully hibernate and will come out on warm winter days

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