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October 27, 2019

How To Keep Raccoons Away? Our Top 5 Raccoon Prevention & Safety Tips

Raccoons vs. Toronto

Toronto residents have a complicated relationship with these “mask bandits of the wild”. In one hand, raccoons appear adorable and are embraced as part of the city. However, as their population has been expanding quickly across the city, the table finally turned when raccoons started to fight for space within Toronto residences.

Over the years, raccoon’s diet has slowly adapted into highly reliant on human food. Meanwhile, they are getting more and more brazen to scavenge for trash from Torontonian’s garbage bins or even break into kitchens to steal food. While Toronto citizens were fed up with the mess that raccoons created, the city invested $31 million dollars in “raccoon-resistant” green bins which were introduced in 2017. However, these smart “trash pandas” fully deciphered the new bins just within few days.

In addition to messing up residents’ garbage bins, raccoons cause one of the worse nuisances to property owners by producing structural damages and potentially transmitting diseases to the pets and family members. Their ability to learn and adapt in urban spaces make it extremely hard to keep them out of buildings. To prevent raccoons from invading your home, constant raccoon prevention efforts are required to make your place less attractive to raccoons.

Top 5 Raccoon Prevention Tips For Dealing With Raccoons

Our experienced specialists will give tips for raccoon prevention. If you have any raccoon problems, don’t hesitate to call us at 647-713-7133! We are more than happy to help you with making your home a safe place to live in!

1. Seal up openings. 

Thoroughly investigate your home to find all possible crevices and holes where raccoons may enter. This may include but not limited to: Chimneys, vent screens, shingles, walls, windows, and deck areas.

2. Don’t leave food for raccoons around your house. 

Raccoons eat almost anything: fruits, vegetables, insects, bird feeds, and any other types of human food. Once raccoons discover a place with available food sources, it is highly likely that they will return for food or even build dens in your house. You don’t want to make your garden or lawn look like a kitchen to them. Pick up fallen fruits in the yard and move your pets’ food bowls or bird feeders indoor during the nighttime.

3. Seal garbage bags tight. 

Raccoons are extremely smart in opening garbage bins. Raccoons have amazing dexterity and use their front paws to pry things, turn knobs and carry things. You may want to get garbage bins that are more secured with clamps or handles. Keep garbage bins inside the building before nightfall.

4. Use motion detected water-sprayers to scare off raccoons.

This has been widely used especially for yards to make the trespassing scary to raccoons.

5. Never ignore a raccoon spotting but never approach a raccoon. 

Sighting of a single raccoon may not seem to be a big deal, however, seeing a raccoon trespassing your yard means their family might be wandering around in the area. Raccoons don’t normally go out of their way to attack human, however, they can be occasionally very aggressive, such as when a mother raccoon perceives danger to her babies. While raccoons are known to carry viruses and parasites, they can transmit diseases to people and cause health complications.

If you continue to have raccoon problems, please call Mr. Raccoon for professional raccoon removal services! We have helped thousands of homeowners in the GTA in resolving their raccoon problems!