10 May

Raccoons Living Under Deck or Shed – What to Do About Them

Raccoons living under the deck or shed are a nuisance in Canada, digging up the yard and tipping over and destroying your trash cans among other troubles. Common tips including installing lights, using sound such as a radio or repellants such as ammonia may work temporarily if at all. These animals are intelligent and highly adaptable so these measures are mostly ineffective. The best and most humane solution to your raccoon problem is exclusion. Call the raccoon removal service provided by Wildlife Shield: 647-560-3988.

Removing Raccoons under Your Deck/Shed

Begin by inspecting the structure thoroughly for holes where the raccoons may be getting in. A hole about 4 inches in diameter is enough to let a raccoon through. Stuff the holes with newspaper if you find multiple possible entry points and inspect once more after a day or two. The hole where the newspaper is disturbed or missing is the main entrance.

Next, dig a trench all the way around the structure about 1-2 feet deep and install galvanized steel mesh. The reason for burying the mesh is so the raccoons won’t simply burrow through the barrier. Make sure all the holes are sealed securely with the mesh except for the main entrance.

Install a one-way door on the main entrance. The door will allow the raccoons to get out as usual but will prevent them from re-entering the den. Wait a few days all the while checking for activity. Remove the one-way door and seal the hole with galvanized steel mesh or metal flashing once you are sure all the raccoons have left.

Hire a Professional Wildlife Removal Service

Removing raccoons from under the deck or shed in Canada may seem straightforward but there are a few important considerations which are why it is best to leave the job to the professionals.

First, raccoons have babies between January and September. Excluding the mother without removing the younglings will leave them to die of starvation or dehydration. This is inhumane and the next problem you will have to deal with is rotting corpses under your structure.

An essential part of a successful exclusion is making sure that your house is securely wildlife-proof. Otherwise, the raccoons will simply find a different way to get in. An experienced wildlife removal expert has the keen eye to seal all possible entry points.

Finally, you need to disinfect the den. Raccoon urine and feces may carry diseases while the smell could attract other wildlife. The removal service typically includes cleanup and disinfecting.  The expert also repairs any damage the raccoons may have caused. Make sure you get a warranty of at least two years to guarantee that the exclusion is successful.

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