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Raccoons are adorable creatures but from afar. Most raccoons in North America can be carriers of various viruses including the deadly rabies. The problem is that raccoons live in our cities, feed off our garbage and find shelter in our attics, basements and houses.
As a result, confrontations with raccoons are becoming even more frequent. Even though rabies can be treated if in the beginning stages, the problem of having to deal with it is imminent if one gets bitten by a raccoon. Therefore, we just need to keep our distance from these animals and remove them as humanely as possible.
There are some things to be kept in mind when considering removing a raccoon from your home. The best way to do so is trapping. Don’t be aggressive, don’t use poison or anything that might harm the animal. They might be pests, but they are still animals.
Trapping is the most common and most effective way of removing raccoons. However, it might cause some problems. For instance, trapping may also leave starving young behind to die which is horrible and it will be something you will need to be aware of. After you remove the raccoon from your home, do you really want to be dealing with all the young little ones? How will you take care of them? Placing poison could result in criminal charges, and or provincial fines of up to $5,000.
The city of Toronto recommends to not disturb nesting raccoons in the breeding season which is from January to June just so you don’t force separation between mother and young. After that, you can use frightening devices, such as a portable radio and lights. After you make sure the raccoon family is gone, you can seal off the entry points to the area they have been using as a home.
An alternative method would be to get someone who knows what they are doing, such as an animal controller, or a raccoon removal Toronto expert to do the job for you properly.