Dealing with a raccoon problem on your property? Leave it to the professionals. Our team at Critter Control Canada has the experience, knowledge, and equipment to remove raccoons from your home or business in Vancouver and employ preventative measures to keep them out.
Common Areas Affected by Raccoons
Much like their wild counterparts, raccoons are instinctively drawn to locations offering both sustenance and shelter, particularly food and water sources. This inclination leads them to establish their habitats in urban and suburban environments, where such resources are conveniently accessible.
While raccoons naturally gravitate towards habitats like abandoned dens and tree hollows in their native environments, their adaptable nature has seen them seek homes in populated areas. This propensity often guides them to nest in spaces within residences and commercial establishments. Some common areas where raccoons might establish their nests include:
- Backyard sheds
- Under porches
- Within walls
At Critter Control Canada, we understand the intricacies of raccoon behaviour and habitat preferences. Our expertise allows us to address raccoon-related challenges and effectively develop tailored solutions for removal.
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Raccoons exhibit omnivorous and opportunistic feeding behaviour, earning them the playful moniker “trash panda” due to their resemblance to black and white bears and their inclination to sift through the refuse. Beyond scavenging trash, they also have a taste for pet food and often target bird feeders to supplement their diet.
In their quest for shelter, raccoons seek out havens shielded from the elements. In certain instances, they won’t hesitate to tear through minute openings to gain entry to buildings. Once indoors, these resourceful creatures can cause harm by damaging insulation, gnawing on wires, and even chewing through wooden structures. Their nocturnal nature means you are more likely to hear their distinctive sounds and rummaging noises when the lights go out.
Raccoons tend to use specific areas as latrines, where they both urinate and defecate. The pungent odour of these latrines serves as a potent indicator of a raccoon infestation.
Seasonal Issues Associated with Raccoons
Raccoons are most active during the warmer months spanning from spring through fall. While issues with raccoons are less common during other times of the year, Critter Control Canada remains available year-round to address any removal needs you may encounter.
During the cold months, raccoons enter a hibernation-like state known as torpor. While they experience deep sleep and reduced energy levels, they remain vigilant to potential threats. While significant raccoon issues are unlikely in Vancouver during winter, they can still occur.
The summer months bring about a crucial phase in the raccoon lifecycle. Female raccoons establish suitable nests and give birth to two to five baby raccoons, called kits. This period of reproduction can result in structural damage and ongoing problems if raccoons choose your property as their nesting site.
As temperatures rise, raccoons awaken from torpor to search for food and mates. They can easily get into garbage and accessible food sources, often creating messes in the process. With heightened energy levels, they seek out nesting spots, often finding refuge in homes and businesses that offer easy access to food.
As winter approaches, raccoons begin scouting for safe places to overwinter. With the recent brood of kits now fully grown, the search for food and shelter intensifies. This season marks a time of increased raccoon activity as they prepare for the colder months ahead.
Preventative measures can act as a strong deterrent, but in some cases, this won’t stop raccoons from taking up residence near your home or business. For ongoing problems on your Vancouver property, we recommend professional raccoon removal services.
How to Prevent Raccoons from Invading
Preventing raccoon infestations requires a combination of strategies aimed at making your property less attractive to these animals. Here are some effective measures to consider:
Secure Garbage and Food Sources
Raccoons are opportunistic feeders, and one of their main attractions to urban areas is the abundance of food. To prevent them from rummaging through your garbage and creating a mess, use bins with tight-fitting lids or consider investing in raccoon-resistant trash cans.
Trim Overhanging Branches
Raccoons are excellent climbers and can use tree branches to gain access to your roof or attic. Trim branches that hang over your home or touch your roof, making it more difficult for raccoons to reach these areas.
Install Motion-Activated Lights
Raccoons are nocturnal creatures, and they are often discouraged by bright lights and loud noises. Consider installing motion-activated lights around your property, particularly near potential entry points such as attics and crawl spaces.
Seal Entry Points
Inspect your property for any openings, gaps, or cracks that raccoons could exploit. Check for holes in your walls, gaps around windows and doors, and openings in your foundation. Seal these entry points using sturdy materials like metal mesh, hardware cloth, or concrete.
Humane Removal Methods
When dealing with raccoon issues, it’s important to opt for humane removal methods that prioritize the safety and well-being of these animals. Our experienced team employs practices that ensure raccoons are trapped and removed in a way that minimizes stress and harm.
Addressing the damage caused by wildlife in your home or business is a crucial part of our services. To protect yourself and others in your space, we repair any destruction caused by raccoons and promptly dispose of soiled materials. Once complete, we move on to exclusionary measures.
Exclusion measures involve barriers and deterrents that discourage raccoons from approaching your property. This can include installing mesh screens on vents, covering and reinforcing holes or gaps, and placing barriers around open porches.
Our expert team can assess your property’s unique vulnerabilities and recommend tailored exclusion strategies to safeguard against raccoon invasions.
Professional Assistance for Raccoon Removal in Vancouver
At Critter Control Canada, we specialize in raccoon control in Vancouver. With our in-depth knowledge of raccoon behaviour and extensive experience in wildlife removal, we are equipped to handle any raccoon-related challenges you may face. Whether you’re dealing with a current infestation or looking to fortify your property against future invasions, our team is dedicated to providing effective, ethical solutions.
Don’t let raccoons take over your property. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a raccoon-free environment.