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RACCOON CONTROL AND PREVENTION



Raccoons sometimes come indoors to nest. They are more likely to convert an attic or basement into a latrine. Raccoons are usually solitary animals, but groups of raccoons urinate and defecate in the same place to avoid spreading their scent across their feeding range.
Don’t feed the animals.
Habitat Modification

Roof Vents

Constructed of light weight aluminum or plastic, they are no obstacle for animals seeking entry into attics.
Chimneys
If not screened properly, they make suitable living quaters for raccoons and squirrels. Birds often fall into open chimneys and become stuck at the bottom. Sometimes these animals even enter the "living space" of the home.

Plumbing Vent Pipes

If left unprotected, they are an invitation to animals seeking den sites inside of the house. Once inside the pipe, wildlife often become stuck and obstructs the normal function of the buildings plumbing system.


Stove & Bathroom Exhaust Vents
If unsecured, they make ideal nesting sites for birds and sometimes squirrels. This results in noticeable sounds, odours and insects.

Roof and Fascia Spaces
If not properly constructed or due to deterioration, they offer an opportunity for wildlife to chew on the free edge of the wood and gain entry into the attic.

Roof - Soffit Intersection

If left unscreened, they can be easily manipulated by an animal from the outside in order to establish a den site inside the attic space.

     


 Make trespassing into your yard a shocking experience.
Trapping
Raccoons are fairly easy to trap; however, occasionally a clever and cunning animal will be quite elusive. A live cage-type trap is usually the preferred trap for homeowners, although others are available that may be used by professionals to capture the more difficult animals. The single-door trap should be sturdily constructed and its dimensions should be at least 10 x 12 x 32 inches. Larger 15 x 15 x 36 inch traps are even better. Canned tuna or canned fish-flavored cat food make excellent baits but may also attract non-target cats and dogs. To avoid catching cats, try using marshmallows, grapes, prunes, peanut butter, or sweet rolls. Small pieces of bait should be placed along a path leading up to the trap. The rear of the trap should be covered with 1/2-inch wire mesh to prevent the raccoon from reaching through the trap from the outside to steal the bait. Traps should be well anchored to the ground or weighted to prevent the animal from tipping the trap over to obtain the bait. Traps should be set at night and closed in the morning to avoid trapping non-targets. Remember, raccoons are intelligent and clever animals. They are also powerful and can be vicious when trapped or cornered.

 




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