St. Catharines Pest Control and Wildlife Services are dedicated to safely and humanely removing raccoons from your home or office. We specialize in wildlife removal and exclusions, and can ensure our licensed technicians will take care of your raccoon problem in a harmless and effective way.
In order to eradicate the raccoons from your home, the technician must first determine their entry point. Raccoons typically reside in the attics of homes, so the first step in the exclusion process will involve installing a one-way door at the point of entry. Once the raccoon exits, it will not be able to re-enter. This door is not a permanent fixture, and the technician will remove it after the raccoon has moved on, which typically takes up to one week. The next step in the exclusion process is to ensure each potential point of entry is secured. Essentially we will make sure your home is raccoon-proof. While the technician is installing the one-way door, they will also inform you of other potential entry points on your home and make the appropriate recommendations. The only way to ensure that raccoons will not re-enter the home is to do a complete exclusion, as raccoons can be quite persistent creatures.
Our method of removal and exclusion is the only proven method that works long-term. At St. Catharines Pest Control and Wildlife Services we're so confident in our work that we will present you with a warranty after the wildlife exclusion is complete.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why not live-trap?
Frequently Asked Questions
Live trapping is not a permanent solution and is only recommended in rare circumstances. Traps can be ineffective as they can take weeks to lure in a raccoon, and can even trap a squirrel, skunk or the neighbours cat. The scent of the den is a potent attractant for other wildlife including squirrels, mice and in some cases, skunks.
Live trapping a raccoon can be a long and drawn out process, and when the raccoon is finally trapped, thereís the issue of transporting it to a different location. It is illegal to transport a raccoon more than 1 kilometer from where it was caught. The raccoon will find its way back to the den site, or another animal will move in.
The most effective and proven method of raccoon removal is through exclusion. This process is a permanent solution to your wildlife problem. Preventative measures are an essential part of the procedure in order to ensure the raccoon will never re-enter your home. "Door and Patch" jobs that do not involve any preventative measures (which are sometimes requested by our customers) are only a temporary solution and the animal will find a way back into the home. A complete exclusion process is the only way to guarantee the animal will not enter your home again in the future.
How can raccoons enter my home?
Raccoons typically reside in the attics of homes. The most common way a raccoon will enter your attic is by climbing up onto your roof and pushing up on the soffit where the soffit meets the roof. Of course, not all homes have roof and soffit intersections or dormers; however, the homes that do have this type of intersection are highly vulnerable to raccoon and even squirrel problems. Another common entry point is through attic vents and plumbing mats. Raccoons can easily pull at an attic vent (which are typically made of plastic or aluminum) until it comes off. Once they raccoon has done that, it can easily access your attic. Although plumbing mats are a less common means of the raccoon entering your home, it is still something to consider. The raccoon will tear up the rubber part of the plumbing mat and rip at the plywood until it gains access to your attic.
Raccoons have even been known to go into chimneys and establish a den site on top of the damper. Installing a wildlife cap is the best solution to prevent this from happening.
In certain situations, raccoons have entered attic spaces by ripping holes in the fascia above the gutter. In these cases, the fascia is usually made up of rotted wood. Our technician will advise you to consider having the fascia and gutters replaced with aluminum, as the raccoons will be less likely to be able to gain entry to your home through this path.
Sometimes raccoons can even enter your home by smelling out rotted plywood and essentially tearing a hole in your roof. If a raccoon has entered your home by either tearing up your fascia or ripping a hole in your roof, our technician will recommend you consider renovating those areas immediately so as to prevent other animals from entering your home.
Where do raccoons establish den sites?
Beyond your attic, raccoons have also been known to establish den sites in garages, sheds and even under decks. They can enter garages through an open window, open door, or through the roof, so it is important to secure these areas. Raccoons donít typically establish den sites under decks, patios, or sheds; however; it can happen on occasion. Raccoons are known climbers, not diggers. In the case where a raccoon has established a den site in one of these areas, our technician will dig a trench around the affected area, securing it with steel wire mesh to keep the raccoon from re-entering. A one-way door will also be installed so when the raccoon leaves, it cannot come back.
Raccoons and their offspring
Spring and early summer are peak times for raccoons to give birth to babies. Raccoon babies present a new set of problems. While at your home our technician will conduct a thorough attic inspection to determine whether or not the raccoon has babies.
If there are babies, they must be removed by hand. After they are removed from the attic, they will be placed in an electric incubation chamber, which will be placed right outside the one-way door. When the mother exits, she will have easy access to her young.
If the mother raccoon is unable to do this, her determination to re-enter your home will increase dramatically, and can end up causing serious damage to the property.
How do I know if I have a Raccoon Problem?
Raccoons can be noisy creatures once they've gained access to your attic. Raccoons are nocturnal animals, so most of their movement will be heard during the night, and can prevent you from sleeping well. If you have a raccoon problem you will hear loud noises coming from your attic at night. This is only the beginning of your problems. Once the raccoon has made a home for itself in your attic, it will choose one or more areas in which to urinate and defecate. Sometimes the urine can even leak through and stain your ceiling. Further, other animals are attracted to the scent of a den site, making it a target for more unwanted animals to move in.
Practicing outdoor cleanliness is essential in order to help prevent raccoons from coming near your home. If your garbage cans are stored outside in an open area, make sure they are tightly secured. Regularly inspecting your roof for missing shingles or gutters that have fallen off is equally important. Clogged gutters provide a way for raccoons to enter your home, as the wood around them is most likely rotted, and they can tear through it with ease.
Bird feeders are another area you should consider monitoring. Raccoons will lurk around bird feeders in order to hunt for mice and other small animals. It is also important to ensure your deck is enclosed so as to prevent raccoons and other wildlife, such as skunks, from building a den underneath. Raccoons are excellent climbers and are able to access any roof; however, trimming tree branches that are near your roof can act as a deterrent, as it'll be less convenient for the raccoon to access the roof.
These tips are only suggestions and cannot completely prevent raccoons from skulking around your home; however, these steps should help control them from becoming a long-term problem.
In some cases, a raccoon problem may go undetected. In a matter of mere months a raccoon can cause extensive damage to your home or business, especially if there are babies involved. If the pests are not removed from your home immediately long-term damage can and will occur. Raccoons tend to tamper with insulation by trampling it. Once the insulation is crushed, that's it. You'll notice an increase in your heating costs, by as much as 100 per cent. This is why it is important to deal with the problem immediately. Reinsulating your home may become necessary. This is a costly expenditure.
Another issue with a raccoon infestation is their droppings. Raccoon feces contain a parasite called raccoon round worm. While this parasite is not harmful to raccoons, it is extremely dangerous to humans, and can even lead to death. Luckily, St. Catharines Pest Control and Wildlife Services offers attic restoration services in addition to raccoon removal and exclusion.
One of our technicians will recommend an attic restoration inspection in order to gauge the extent of the damage and to offer advice on what you should do next. Attic restoration involves sterilizing the attic, removing all of the insulation and repairing the vapour barrier. The technician will also do a thorough inspection of the wiring, to ensure it has not been chewed or damaged. An Attic restoration quote cannot be given until after the raccoon has been removed.
What do I do if I have a Raccoon Problem?
If you suspect you have a raccoon problem on your property please do not hesitate to call St. Catharines Pest Control and Wildlife Services at 1-888-390-PEST (7378).
Our licensed and friendly wildlife removal experts will be happy to inspect your property and give you a free quote. If you think you have a raccoon problem it is better to deal with the issue sooner rather than later.