Prevent & Protect your home against future raccoon invasions.
The final step in Skedaddle’s process involves securing your home against future raccoon intrusions. We’re focused not only on preventing the current raccoons from regaining access but also any other would-be raccoon intruders. Fact is, raccoons are here to stay in our neighbourhoods, that’s why the best way to protect your home in the long-term is to secure any and all opportunities for access.
Keeping in mind their dexterous paws, our technicians will prevent re-entry into your home by identifying and securing all potential openings using heavy-gauge steel screening. With over three decades of experience, Skedaddle has the skill and know-how needed to keep even the most determined raccoon out of your attic, chimney, deck or porch.
How Do Raccoons Get in Houses?
The first step in protecting your home against future intrusions is a thorough inspection of your property, including the roof. It’s important to know where to look and what to look for when it comes to keeping raccoons out. Each home is different and the repair work required will vary depending on the design, as well as the building materials used and their condition.
Raccoon Entry Points
Raccoons in cities and towns know that they can find warm, shelter and protection inside attics, crawl spaces and other human structures. They maintain multiple den sites in any given neighbourhood and will move between them frequently depending on the availability of food sources or weather conditions. They are always on the lookout for additional den sites and are able recognize structural weaknesses that can lead to a new home.
Raccoons easily take advantage of vulnerabilities resulting from deterioration, rotted wood being any easy target. It’s not uncommon for raccoons to take a small opening or vulnerability and work away at it until they find a path into the attic. Unfortunately for many homeowners staying on top of household maintenance might not be enough to keep raccoons out.
Even when properly installed, roof vents, soffits and plumbing mats are frequently taken advantage of. The truth is that most home builders and contractors aren’t considering raccoons during the building process and many of the materials used in modern construction, including aluminum, vinyl and plastic are easily damaged by raccoons.
Preventing Raccoon Entry
The obvious place to start when raccoon-proofing a home is the active or current entry point. This is the main point of entry that the raccoons are using to come and go from the den-site and the first place they will look to gain re-entry.
Repairing and securing the main entry point is our first priority. Once complete, our technicians then get to work reinforcing and securing against raccoon re-entry using professional grade materials and proven techniques all while maintaining the aesthetics of your home. In most cases this involves safely scaling your roof to install new raccoon-proof barriers or reinforcing existing exterior finishes. For ground level dens below decks, porches, sheds and additions we will bury heavy-gauge steel wire into the ground to prevent them from digging below.
Our technicians specialize in outsmarting clever raccoons, forcing them to seek shelter elsewhere and preserving your biggest investment. We back our workmanship and materials with a lifetime warranty so you have the peace of mind of knowing you’re protected not only for today but also for the future.