Raccoons are highly adaptable and resilient. Their intelligence serves them well in almost any setting, so they thrive in dense urban environments just as easily as a thick forest. These trash pandas can also do some substantial damage to your home if they decide to take up residence.
Under British Columbia’s Wildlife Act, it is illegal to kill them, but raccoon removal is allowed when they engage in destructive behaviours on your property. As cute as they are, these masked critters have claws and sharp teeth that make them dangerous when provoked or cornered. Safe and humane removal requires experts who have the knowledge and experience to handle them.
A Raccoon’s Life
Raccoons are omnivores that eat just about anything. They have a keen sense of smell, and when your trash bins are full, you can bet they will be looking for a way to get at all the edible treasures stored inside. They are also clever opportunists, and fall is their most active time of year. Solitary animals, as well as mothers and their offspring, begin looking for a safe space to ride out the cold. When it comes to creating a den, the masked bandits have a way of scoping out entries into a home that an untrained human eye can easily overlook.
A Human’s Encounter
The most likely human confrontation happens when one or more raccoons decide your attic is prime real estate. Since they are most active after the sun goes down, people are often home to hear the movements of these uninvited guests. Another favoured location is in the basement, and it is here where you may have a direct run-in with a masked bandit. In addition, raccoons can make your chimney or crawl space into their new home. Handling them on your own is not advised. It is important to call in experts who understand raccoon behaviour and know how to humanely and safely remove them from your home.
An Expert’s Care
If you discover one of these masked critters, or if you suspect one is living with you, call Skedaddle for help with humane raccoon removal. Our technicians are trained in raccoon behaviour and in the techniques for humane removal. Our three-step process ensures the safety of the animal as well as the protection of your home and family. Here is what you can expect:
- Assess and remove: The first thing we do is assess your home for signs of entry. Our technicians are trained to spot even the most obscure raccoon entry locations. Once we identify where they are, we remove the raccoons using a hands-on technique that prevents harm to the animals. If babies are present, we keep them safe and cozy in a heated baby box until they are reunited with their mother, who will move them into one of her den sites.
- Clear and clean: Once removal is complete, the technician clears your home of any contaminated debris the raccoons left behind and cleans the affected area. It is important that this process is handled by professionals because raccoon feces often contain a species of ringworm that poses a human health hazard. Depending on the damage, your technician may recommend additional action, including insulation replacement or attic restoration.
- Prevent and protect: The final step in our process is to prevent future intrusions. We identify additional potential points of entry and secure all locations with a heavy-gauge wire screen. Securing your home from these clever critters is the best way to keep your family and home safe while ensuring the raccoons are also protected.
Skedaddle Raccoon Removal
When you need help getting rid of your unwanted houseguests, our Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control Coquitlam team is here for you. Contact us today for expert humane raccoon removal.