Raccoons are an adorable yet troublesome addition to your home and can cause thousands of dollars of damage when allowed entry into human spaces. Because humans often mean bad things for raccoons, they tend to avoid areas where people are most common. For this reason, the areas under your deck are especially appealing. If you have a raccoon problem, wildlife control in Barrie can help. Here’s why raccoons may find your deck space appealing and how wildlife control can humanely remove them.
Why Raccoons Choose To Live Under Your Deck
In order to safely gather the resources they need, raccoons like to have lots of areas in which they can forage, seek shelter, and find freshwater. They also need to have a dedicated den area in which young kits can be safely reared. If you have a vegetable garden, bird feeder, or outdoor animal shelter, you may have inadvertently made your property attractive to raccoons. If you also have a deck, you have given raccoons in your area access to shelter, food, and water and den space, all within an extremely small overall radius.
If you wish to deter raccoons from identifying your home as an appealing living space, removing or sealing garbage bins, relocating gardens and removing bird feeders can all help. Making plenty of noise and making yourself known above your deck can cause visiting animals to flee and cause prospective residents to think twice before settling in permanently.
Reasons To Remove Raccoons
Though raccoons are unlikely to attack humans unprovoked, they can carry disease. Rabid raccoons can present dangers to homeowners and their pets. If you have cats or dogs at home, they can end up fighting with local raccoons, resulting in unnecessary and unwanted injuries. Denning animals usually have no qualms about burrowing into decks or siding and can cause significant damage to property if left alone. Over time, this damage can escalate, resulting in more raccoons and even other animal intrusions as breaches in your home grow larger.
The Humane Raccoon Removal Process
Removing raccoons on your own can be hazardous and tricky. Never attempt this process on your own. As a homeowner, it is important that you understand that mother raccoons will do almost anything to safely relocate them. Should young raccoons end up sealed inside an enclosed space, a mother will likely gnaw and tear through wood and siding until her young are freed.
If you have identified an entrenched raccoon occupation in your home or under your deck, contact a wildlife control professional as soon as possible. At Skedaddle Wildlife Control, we remove animals humanely. We understand that small carnivores play an important role in the local ecology and deserve a chance to live, albeit not in your home.
When we arrive, we usually identify all of the possible routes animals can use to enter your home. Then, we remove all adults and babies from your property. Where babies are present, we place them in a specially designed heating box so they do not become overexposed during the removal process. As the next step is to seal all entry points, we leave the box near these entrances so the mother can return to relocate her babies once she has found a safe place for them. When all the animals in the area are removed, your property can be cleaned and the hazardous biological waste removed.
Removing troublesome animals can be distressing to homeowners who wish to rid their property of an infestation without resorting to harmful and unethical measures. At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, we have years of experience removing raccoons from tricky spaces without harming kits or their parents. For effective service in Barrie, contact us today.