Raccoons in Southern Ontario have adapted to urban life and are commonly seen or encountered in parks, neighborhoods or yards. Raccoons may carry diseases that can be spread to people and pets, including raccoon roundworm (Baylisascaris), leptospirosis, and rabies. They can also cause serious scratch and bite injuries to people and pets.
Though they look cute and cuddly, raccoons are related to bears and have a similar temperament-especially when cornered or around their young. If you have one living in your home, in your yard or anywhere else on your property, contact City Wildlife Control to have our professionals humanely remove the animal.
Preventing diseases from raccoons
- Discourage raccoons around your residence.
- Never feed raccoons
- Feed pets inside and store pet food inside
- Keep pets inside at night
- Prevent raccoons from entering your house through pet doors or other openings
- Keep garbage cans inside and use locking or secured lids outside
- Clean barbecue grills after each use
- Use secure bins for food composting
- Avoid contact with raccoon feces and safely clean up areas where raccoons defecate (raccoon latrines) on your property.
- Avoid direct contact with water, soil and vegetation contaminated with raccoon urine.
- Vaccinate cats, dogs and ferrets to protect them against rabies; consider vaccinating dogs for leptospirosis.
Raccoons in Southern Ontario
- Cause damage to attics and roofs
- Chew through wires;
- Damage wooden joists;
- Tip over garbage cans
- Steal pet food and bird seed
- Cause further problems under decks, front porches, decks, and other concrete slabs
- Spread diseases, including rabies, to humans and pets
- Carry fleas, ticks and other parasites, leading to even more diseases
- Alarm dogs, cats and other pets with their presence during the night due to their nocturnal habits
Why you need City Wildlife Control Service
Raccoons weigh between 10-20 lbs. (sometimes up to 50), are crafty and can get out of most traps sold in stores. There are no effective raccoon repellents. While cute, a raccoon’s bear-like temperament makes it unsuitable for close contact or being a pet. Infested attics need to be cleaned and decontaminated to avoid infection by disease or bacteria.
If you would like advice on choosing the correct solution for your Raccoon problem, please call us at City Wildlife Control 905-972-9453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org