How to Get Rid of Raccoons Under a Deck

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Raccoons can be a nuisance on your residential or commercial property. They have a strong sense of smell, through which they can identify food sources, and they therefore nest on your property for a long time.

Raccoons eat bird seed and pet food, dig through your waste, ruin your lawn and garden, damage the building materials in your home, and even spread disease that could be harmful to you and your domestic animals.

At Wildlife Pro, we help both residential and commercial property owners in the GTA get rid of raccoons.

Why you need to remove raccoons from your premises

The raccoons that you see in cities are extremely intelligent animals. They can easily adjust to their surroundings, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that they are becoming more common in cities.

Raccoons have lived with people for thousands of years because they make it easy to get food and keep other animals away. Raccoons are known to be agile and strong, making them hard to catch compared to any other animal pests you might come across.

There are only two things a raccoon might be doing when it takes up residency in your home: It wants to feel comfortable there, and it needs a safe place to look for food.

If you don’t let them know that they are not welcome, you may encounter other problems on your property, including:

  • an infestation that can cause damage to property
  • toxic raccoon feces in areas on your property
  • the spread of disease

How to identify a raccoon problem

There are several signs that may indicate raccoons are living on your property. You may notice the following problems:

  • the sudden appearance of holes in your yard
  • birdseed and pet food disappearing or being scattered
  • damage to your lawn and garden
  • ruined house and building materials
  • tracks (footprints) left by foraging raccoons
  • piles of feces
  • strange sounds, mostly heard at night

Tips to get rid of raccoons under a deck

It’s important to understand that a raccoon living under the house or deck is usually a mother with babies. As such, she will be difficult to remove as you may encounter aggressive behaviour. Much consideration is to be taken between January and June–the typical nesting period–to remove the raccoons without orphaning the babies.

Here are some tips:

  • Catch the mother raccoon and her babies by using live trapping methods.
  • After the raccoon problem has been solved, clean up any debris left by the raccoon. Remove all bedding material, waste, and nests.
  • After the space has been cleaned, access points should be sealed to prevent reentry.
  • Placing scent-based deterrents, like an ammonia mixture, will decrease the attraction of the environment and the raccoons will be less inclined to return.
  • Call a professional.

Wildlife Pro is the animal pest expert in your community

Call Wildlife Pro to discuss your animal pest problem and to get a free estimate. When you’re ready for removal services, you can book an appointment at that time.

Our trained specialists will humanely remove and relocate any unwanted animals. All raccoon removal services and dead animal disposal are done according to local laws and standards. Once the animals have been removed, we’ll thoroughly clean and disinfect the affected areas, so you’re safe.

Wildlife Pro will repair damage made to existing entry holes. As well, to prevent future infestations, all potential entry points will be secured. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.