19 Mar

Removing Raccoons Under a Deck

How to Remove Raccoons Under a Deck

deck entry point for raccoons

One raccoons set up shop under the deck they are hard to get out.

Evicting raccoons from under a deck can take some doing. The whole point is not only to get them out but also to make sure that they can’t get back in. Or any other animal for that matter. The way we go about performing such a removal involves the sealing of the deck and placing a one way door so that all animals can exit but not get back in.

The materials and techniques we use guarantee that every animal is out and provide protection for years to come. All our work comes with a minimum of a two year warranty so if the animals break back in we return and repair our work at no additional charge.

Raccoon Removal From Under a Deck​

A successful raccoon removal from under a deck in Toronto is more complicated than most people think. The major concern is raccoon babies left without food and water if the mother is excluded from the den. A desperate mother can cause serious damage with her sharp claws and strong teeth desperately trying to reunite with the babies. Hire a professional raccoon removal company in Toronto to get your problem fixed humanely. The service also includes cleaning and disinfecting the empty raccoon nest. Raccoon droppings and urine carry a host of diseases and may attract other wildlife to your property.

Raccoon Removal Process

Exclusion involves the process of letting the raccoons out of their den and sealing the perimeter of the deck with galvanized steel mesh permanently. We recommend utilizing our additional services to clean out and disinfect under the deck area thoroughly after exclusion. It well known that raccoon feces and urine attracts other wildlife and carry many dangerous pathogens.


Our experts begin by inspecting your deck thoroughly to find potential entry points. An adult raccoon can squeeze through a hole 4 inches wide. Seal the holes leaving only the main entrance. This is the one with raccoon tracks, food debris, droppings and other obvious signs of wildlife activity.

Trenching & Exclusion

Technicians will dig a 2 foot deep trench around your deck and attach galvanized steel mesh from the skirt of your deck down. The mesh will prevent animals from getting under the wood and the underground portion of the mesh will prevent the animals from burrowing through the barrier.

One Way Door

One-way door installation. The door will let raccoons out as usual but only opens outward so the animals can’t come back inside. We will remove the door once you are sure activity has stopped and seal the hole with galvanized steel mesh .

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Guaranteed Service

We make sure that each job we do is sound and reflects high quality. We cover every area we do work on with a two-year warranty. If raccoons break back through our work we will return at no extra cost. Our expert will remove animals safely and humanely and make sure that all entry points are sealed.

Humane Wildlife Removal

Here at Wildlife Shield, we are dedicated to providing only the humane and safe raccoon removal treatments. We make certain no animals are damaged or stressed during the deck exclusion process. Most wildlife issues can be solved with just one-way doors and exclusion. We make sure that no raccoons babies are injured during the exclusion process. Our technicians have been trained to cope with the most challenging circumstances.

2 Year Warranty On Our Work

Our raccoon removal and deck exclusion work are covered with a guarantee and a two-year warranty. If animals break in through our work during the warranty period, we return to correct the issue at no additional charge.


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raccoon underneath deck

How to Keep Raccoons Out

After our technician finish the deck exclusion work you as a homeowner should follow some preventive steps to keep raccoon away from coming back.  

Start by depriving them of food. Keep your pet food, including bird seed, indoors especially at night. If the animals haven’t yet made a den in your house, they are more likely to explore new territory if there is no more food in your yard.

Keep your trashcans locked away in your garage if possible. If they must be outside, get sturdy metal garbage cans with a lid. Fasten the cover securely with zip ties or chords. Again, the idea is to deprive the raccoons of food.


Due to their adaptability, raccoons quite well inhabited metropolitan areas. Raccoons in Toronto are a nuisance for homeowners and will eat just about anything they come across. Their greedy appetites wouldn’t be a problem if these critters didn’t rip the house apart to create dens, tip over garbage cans and create a mess, dig holes in the yard, eat fish from outdoor ponds, swim and defecate in pools and get into all kinds of shenanigans. 

Raccoons are looking for consistent food and water, and a warm, safe place to nest especially if it’s breeding season. Raccoon’s breeding season is between late January and mid-March.

raccoon stuck up on tree

Raccoon Babies

Mid-March – April is known as Raccoon baby season. During this period female raccoons are on the search for safe places to set up a nest for future babies. This typically means that raccoons that live in cities will try to find safe places in attics and under decks. When we conduct an inspection and do raccoon removal exclusion during this season we pay more attention to make sure that no babies are left behind. We utilize a one-way door to get mature raccoons out. Although this method is pretty efficient raccoon babies can complicate the work. Throughout the raccoon baby season, we remove the mother from the deck or the attic and locate the babies to take them out safely and reunite them with their mother after.

Raccoon Proofing Solutions

Wildlife Shield provides the full range of animal removal services. From the simple installation of wire mesh and one-way doors to complete wildlife proofing of an entire property. We have experience and know-how that allow us to strengthen the whole structure against even the most curious and invasive animals. To accomplish full raccoon proofing of your property we recommend installing chimney caps, protecting plastic vents since they are often used by animals to get in, strengthening of siding as well as removal of any tree branches that might assist wildlife.

Common Areas We Recommend Protecting: 

  • Roof Vents
  • Soffits
  • Roof Edges
  • Ventilation Pipes
  • Chimneys
  • Wall Vents
  • Decks
  • Sheds

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Cleaning and Disinfecting

During raccoon and squirrel infestation, these animals use your attic or under the deck area as a toilet. If raccoons and squirrels are left for a substantial amount of time alone, they can completely compromise attic insulation with their feces and urine. Raccoon’s waste is full of pathogens and can impact your family health if it’s left in the attic or under the deck after the raccoon exclusion process. We offer cleaning services that eliminate feces and deodorize the region with commercial grade products which break down odours and germs at the molecular level. We use industrial products which destroy odours from what animals have left behind.

Attic Insulation Removal

When raccoons and squirrels inhabited your attic, they compromise insulation quite quickly by compressing it and decreasing the R-value of the insulation. Compressed insulation means that you hydro bills go up during peak seasons like summer and winter. Another problem wild animals can bring during the invasion is they will pollute areas where they live with waste and feces beyond repair. We offer the exclusion of contaminated insulation and clean up services for attic spaces. We use commercial grade products to make sure all pathogens and kill, and there is no odour left.



Wildlife Control

Our wildlife removal experts use techniques that reduce conflicts between animals  and humans. All our technicians are licensed and instructed in wildlife management. We have more than a decade of experience working with wildlife in Toronto, our resources and know-how allow us to completely and humanely remove animals from under decks. 

Additionally we offer services to manage other animals that inhabit Toronto such as squirrels, skunks and birds. Wildlife Shield offers  full pest control and wildlife removal services in the Greater Toronto area.

Call: 647-560-3988.  

Service Areas

  • Toronto
  • Mississauga
  • Oakville
  • Etobicoke
  • Scarborough
  • Pickering
  • Ajax
  • Markham
  • Rirchmond Hill
  • North York
  • Vaughan
  • Brampton

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