How do I get rid of raccoons living near my home?


  • Author Dan Frankian
  • Published July 28, 2022
  • Word count 724

Even if they aren't in your yard or house, raccoons that reside close to your home may be a problem. When breeding season arrives, it's only a matter of time before they construct a nest beneath your shed, in your garage, or in your attic.

Annoy the raccoons without annoying your neighbours.

Here are some raccoon removal hints:

Make certain you're not feeding them a whole meal. This involves removing fallen fruit and nuts as well as keeping trash cans shut.

Lawn sprinklers should be used at night and at irregular intervals. The spray will scare off the raccoons. It's critical to avoid forming puddles, since raccoons may use them as a source of water.

Raccoons despise talk radio at all hours of the day. Raccoons are nocturnal animals, and as a result, they become sleep deprived and move on.

Create an electric fence around your yard, particularly if you have apple or nut trees. It's critical that the fence includes two strands, one of which is several inches above the earth and the other strand is 11-14 feet above the ground so raccoons are unable to go over or under it.

Wind wheels can help you scare away raccoons and burrowing creatures. The humming sound might irritate most raccoons and subterranean animals.

If you're really determined, you might try trapping them. However, you must have a considerable amount of expertise. It's also illegal to trap and relocate raccoons without a license in Canada or the United States.

It's important to protect the animal's well-being and transport them away, to a suitable setting.

Why Do Raccoons Make Nests in Trees?

There are several reasons raccoons make nests in trees. As mentioned, raccoons love a variety of fruits and fruit trees provide easy and consistent access to a reliable food source. Other reasons why raccoons nest in trees include:

Tree hollows provide a warm and safe denning site

To shelter themselves from the elements and predators

Raccoons nest anywhere they can and often have multiple dens set up in various locations

Easy access to food.

How Do I Get Rid of Raccoons in My Tree?

The safest and most effective way to remove a raccoon or nursery of raccoons from your property is to contact an animal and wildlife control agency like Hawkeye Bird and Animal Control.

Don’t attempt to remove or capture the raccoon yourself, especially if they have babies. Adult raccoons will take this as a threat and go into automatic defence mode, which could result in serious injury for you and your loved ones, not to mention extensive property damage.

Plus, raccoons carry diseases such as rabies, canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, raccoon parvoviral enteritis, and pseudorabies—all of which are transmissible to humans. Getting bitten by a rabid raccoon will result in death nearly 100% of the time.

To minimize the risk of personal injury and extensive property damage, we recommend taking the following actions:

Identify the raccoon-infested tree.

Knowing which tree is infested with raccoons ahead of time will make it easier for our crew to do their jobs and map out a plan of action to safely remove the raccoons from your property.

Clear the tree of raccoons.

Once we have a plan in place, our trained wildlife handlers will carefully move in closer to the tree and coax the raccoons out using a variety of proven techniques. The objective is to quickly try to trap the raccoons before they can make a getaway.

Some processes such as eliminating food sources in the tree and cutting off branches so they can’t climb up and down require a great deal of patience.

Raccoon-proof your tree.

This is more of a preventative measure that involves trimming tree branches, removing food sources, and sealing tree hollows, so that raccoons can’t nest inside.

Alternatively, you can call Raccoon Removal Company near you to help you with the situation.

Why Hawkeye?

At Hawkeye Bird and Animal Control, we’re committed to providing high-quality and sustainable raccoon control, removal, and prevention solutions that are in full compliance with Ontario wildlife protection regulations. Our handlers receive ongoing and updated training in safely and humanely interacting with raccoons to ensure the animals’ well-being and ethical treatment. We are the only pest bird and animal/wildlife control company in the country designated “Certified Wildlife Control Professionals”.

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