Townhouses are typically multi-floor homes that share at least one wall with an adjacent property, each with its own entrance. But here’s something interesting… If one of these homes has a raccoon problem or any other wildlife issue, chances are it’ll just pack its bags and move to the conjoined house next door. This was the case for one homeowner who recently retained our services to remove raccoons from their townhouse.
Here at Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, we understand how crafty animals can be; as such, we were more than happy to take on this challenge! With a strategic approach and comprehensive follow-up program, our team was able to humanely rid the area of the raccoons quickly and efficiently. Read on to discover how our technicians complete wildlife removals in Ottawa like this one – you never know when valuable tips might come in handy!
Raccoon and Wildlife Removal Services in Ottawa
This situation that Skedaddle assisted with started at a townhome in Ottawa where the homeowner took the proper steps toward wildlife-proofing their home right down to the vent covers, but unfortunately, their neighbours did not. This story serves as an example of the wildlife problems that arrive for those living inside condos and townhouses.
Townhouses have firewalls, also known as area separation walls, that serve to prevent fires from spreading from one home to another. Raccoons are able to get past these firewalls and travel from home to home if the residents neglect to implement proper wildlife-proofing.
Charlie Collins, a Skedaddle wildlife removal technician, arrived at the client’s home and took photos detailing the raccoon issue. The photos made it clear that the raccoon was impacting both the client and the neighbour by travelling back and forth through the roof vent, which it was able to chew open.
The client heard noises created by the raccoons and even saw them in the bathtub. The technician was later able to spot signs of raccoon damage in the insulation beneath the tub. The wall beside the bathtub was the point of separation between the client’s home and the neighbouring property, and the raccoon was also able to use this as an easy point of access between the homes.
Photos taken by the Skedaddle technician clearly showed that the client wildlife-proofed their vents and that this measure was effective – it was the vulnerability created by the neighbour’s lack of wildlife-proofing that allowed a problem to occur.
Attics in townhouses are not as divided as homeowners may think. If you notice signs of raccoons in attic spaces, the wildlife might originate from a different property or move from your attic to another home.
Many townhouses are new constructions, meaning that wildlife removal is becoming more complex. With that in mind, though, neither new nor old townhomes are often designed with wildlife in mind. With more and more townhouses being built throughout Ottawa, more of these problems are likely to arise.
Coordinating Wildlife Removal Efforts
When tackling wildlife removal in a townhouse, it is necessary to coordinate your control efforts with the residents of adjacent properties. If any townhome owners neglect to take full wildlife-proofing measures, animals such as raccoons will still be able to enter the house. It is important for tenants and owners to work together in order to deter wildlife permanently. As shown in the images above, simple wildlife proofing one unit in a row of townhouses will not stop a wildlife problem from spreading to each unit. Tenants and landlords must work together to coordinate a plan to protect their building.
However, you should always make sure that neither you nor your neighbours touch the raccoon or attempt to remove it yourselves during wildlife removal in Ottawa. It is always best to involve an experienced wildlife removal technician who can handle the process safely and humanely.
While coordinating across the entirety of the townhouse is a necessity for permanent wildlife removal, it can sometimes be difficult to deal with a raccoon problem for good since you have to rely on the cooperation of your neighbours. Complicated landlord-tenant situations can sometimes make matters worse. Even so, there is value in speaking with your neighbours about wildlife-proofing so as to prevent problems like those witnessed by our Skedaddle technician at his client’s townhome. Our team at Skedaddle can create an exclusion plan that involves every unit, and protect the building from wildlife invasions that can spread.
Involving Professionals in Wildlife Removal
The wildlife control experts at Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control can help foresee the challenges you might have, both in terms of removing a raccoon from your home and expanding the effort across multiple townhouse properties. It can be daunting to launch a coordinated effort, but an experienced technician can play a key role in facilitating cooperation.
Our technicians at Skedaddle can implement solutions tailored for wildlife removal and provide lasting tips to keep raccoons away from your townhouse. These include placing vent covers, closing access points, and getting rid of attractants such as leftover pet food. Townhouse firewalls alone are not enough to keep raccoons and other small animals from moving between areas. Attempting DIY wildlife control methods is never a good idea, so be sure to contact a Skedaddle technician at the first sign of a raccoon invasion.
Contact Skedaddle for Humane Wildlife Removal Services
When raccoons find their way into a townhouse, it becomes a serious problem for all residents in each property. At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, we are passionate about educating homeowners and townhouse renters about how to get rid of raccoons in attic spaces, bathrooms, walls, and other areas of the home. We use our 30 years of experience to create unique exclusion methods that work for townhouses large or small. Contact us today to learn more about wildlife removal in Ottawa.