Raccoon Baby Season – What You Need to Know

Raccoon Baby Season - What You Need to Know

In Ontario, in late February and early March, you may begin to notice tiny noises and larger bangs coming from your attic. That’ll most likely be a mother raccoon making a nest for her babies in preparation for her litter’s arrival in April/May.

Raccoons usually have a litter of between two and eight kits, and once those little critters are mobile, the family can wreak havoc in your home, causing costly damage to your fixtures and fittings, and causing a real nuisance by disturbing your sleep at night. (more…)

Removing a Raccoon From Your Chimney

Removing a Raccoon From Your Chimney

These days, a raccoon on the roof is a common sight in many urban areas. Raccoons often regard your chimney as a big hollow tree. That’s a safe, dry, warm place in which to live and raise a family. So, if you discover a raccoon in your chimney, especially during late March/early April, the chances are that it’s a pregnant female.

So, what’s the best way of removing a raccoon from your chimney? (more…)

How to Keep Raccoon Out of Your Trash

How to Keep Raccoon Out of Your Trash

It’s every homeowner’s nightmare. You wake up in the morning to discover that your trash cans have been upended, and the garbage is scattered all over your yard. The guilty party is most likely a raccoon.

Raccoons are curious, intelligent, and extremely dexterous creatures, capable of removing even the tightest of trash can lids. Although those qualities are enviable, these animals can be a real nuisance, and they do cause a lot of damage.

Here are our Magnificent Seven ideas on how you can keep raccoons out of your trash cans for good! (more…)

Noises in The Attic

Noises in The Attic

Your attic may make the ideal storage area for Christmas decorations and other seldom-used items, but the warm, quiet, sheltered space beneath your roof also makes a perfect home for a number of creatures.

Often, the first indications of interlopers in your house are the noises that you hear coming from your attic. Here’s a quick guide to identifying who might be making themselves at home in your roof space.

Squirrels

Squirrels often make their way into attics to nest and raise a family. Unfortunately, these animals are extremely destructive, chewing and gnawing on electrical wiring, water pipes, and wooden fixtures to wear down their continuously growing incisor teeth.

Squirrels are mostly active four to five hours before sunrise, especially during the winter months. However, you may hear the creatures scuttling and scurrying around in your attic during the night too. You may also hear squirrels gnawing on hard surfaces and scratching as they rip up your insulation material to construct a nest.

Raccoons

Female raccoons often take up residence in peoples’ attics in the early springtime in preparation for the birth of their young.

In March/April, you will hear heavy pounding noises coming from your attic as the mother raccoon builds a nest. Adult raccoons are large creatures, weighing from six to ten pounds, and their tread is much heavier than that of a squirrel.

When the raccoon kits are born, you will often hear distinctive squealing, chirping, and scrabbling noises coming from the nest.

Rats

Rats commonly invade attic areas, as they are very capable climbers. Like squirrels, these rodents are habitual chewers, gnawing on wooden fixtures, cabling, or stored items to wear down their long incisor teeth.

Rats are nocturnal creatures, so you’ll often be disturbed at night by their scratching, scurrying, and squeaking as they forage for food and explore your attic.

Mice

When the weather cools down, and food becomes scarcer, mice can seek shelter and a meal inside your home. An attic makes the ideal place for mice to overwinter, being warm, dark, quiet, and free from predators.

Mice can cause a lot of damage by gnawing on the fixtures and fittings in your attic, chewing through electrical wiring, tearing up insulation material, and spreading their feces and urine all around the area. Unfortunately, mice breed prolifically, so it’s vital that you contact a professional pest control company immediately to prevent an infestation.

Birds

If you hear scratching, rustling sounds coming from your attic, it’s possible that you may have birds nesting there. Once the eggs have hatched, you’ll probably hear squeaking and chirping from young chicks, begging for food.

Another giveaway is the sight of nesting materials and bird droppings on the ground outside directly underneath the entrance to the attic that the birds are using.

Although birds are not as destructive as mammalian pests, their droppings can carry diseases and create an unpleasant odor that could permeate your home.

Wasps

In the spring and summertime, you may hear a subtle humming sound coming from your attic during the daytime. Take a look from the outside of your house, and you may notice a steady stream of wasps making their way into your attic through a tiny gap under the eaves or through a vent on your roof.

Wasps don’t do much damage, although they can make a mess and are extremely dangerous if anyone in your household is allergic to wasp stings. Also, it’s not uncommon to find more than one wasp nest in your attic.

Cluster flies

Cluster flies are one of a number of insect species that are commonly referred to as “attic flies.” Attic flies are not dangerous to humans, but they can be a nuisance once they get out into your home in search of food. If you hear buzzing sounds coming from your attic and notice swarms of dark-colored flies invading your home, call a professional exterminator right away.

Bats

Bats typically invade your attic during the fall and winter. As the temperature drops, bats seek shelter and warmth in preparation for their winter hibernation.

Although you might not notice anything unusual during the wintertime while the bats are inactive, you may hear fluttering sounds and high-pitched squeaks coming from your attic in the spring and summer months when the bats are busy feeding and raising their pups.

Although bats won’t cause damage in your attic as some pests do, they do make a lot of mess with their feces, and dead bats present a health hazard as their corpses do attract other pests.

Final thoughts

In Ontario, it’s illegal to kill, stress, or transport wildlife for one kilometer. So, if you hear noises in your attic, your best course of action is to contact a professional raccoon removal Hamilton company to investigate.

The experts will identify the intruders and take the necessary action to remove them safely, humanely, and legally from your attic, as well as giving you helpful advice on how to prevent future problems.

Can a Raccoon Harm Your Pets

Can a Raccoon Harm Your Pets

If you have pets and you discover that you have raccoons visiting your property, you’ll need to know if a raccoon can harm your furry friends.

Pets primarily come into contact with raccoons outdoors at night when the raccoons leave their dens to go foraging. However, in urban areas, raccoons are also seen out and about during daylight hours.

So, what dangers do raccoons pose to your pets? (more…)

How to Tell if A Raccoon Has Rabies

How to Tell if A Raccoon Has Rabies

Rabies is a highly dangerous virus that’s carried by raccoons and which can be transmitted to humans and pet dogs. The rabies virus attacks the infected animal’s brain, causing distressing symptoms, and ultimately being fatal unless treated promptly.

In this article, we give you all the information that you need to tell if a raccoon has rabies and explain what you should do if you discover a potentially infected animal. (more…)

Humane Raccoon Trapping and Removal

Humane Raccoon Trapping and Removal

In Hamilton, raccoons are just about the most common species of wild animal that comes into conflict with people, even in an urban environment. Call us if you need help with raccoon removal in Hamilton. These intelligent, dexterous, and resourceful creatures frequently invade attics, garages, and even chimneys in search of somewhere safe, sheltered, and warm in which to raise their young.

Raccoons are incredibly agile, and they are accomplished climbers. Did you know that these animal acrobats can even descend a brick wall headfirst by swivelling their back feet through 180 degrees? Amazing!

Although you can discourage raccoons from setting up home on your property by reinforcing soffits, installing a steel chimney cap, securing trash can lids, and bringing pet food indoors at night, you may still finish up sharing your place with raccoons. (more…)

How to Tell If a Raccoon Has Babies

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If you hear loud thumping sounds coming from your attic in the early spring, it’s likely that you have a mother raccoon living there. Raccoons are highly intelligent, and with their dexterous hand-like paws and strength, they’re able to gain entry to pretty much any attic, no matter how secure you think you’ve made it.

Unfortunately, the security, peace, and warmth of your attic make the perfect den for a mother raccoon who is looking for somewhere safe to raise her family. Although it is possible to eject a solitary animal from your roof space, it can be extremely difficult to get rid of mom once her babies have arrived. Call us for a professional raccoon baby removal in Hamilton: 647-977-5890

However, armed with some knowledge about baby raccoon season, you can prevent the masked menace from turning your roof space into a nursery for her brood before the happy event has happened. (more…)

Do Raccoons Make Nests in Trees?

Do Raccoons Make Nests in Trees

Although raccoons routinely make their dens inside people’s homes, under porches, and in sheds and garages, the creatures’ natural den sites are hollows in trees. Tree hollows make the perfect spot for a raccoon to rest up during the daytime, shelter in poor weather, and raise a family in safety.

Unfortunately, raccoons can be a nuisance in a residential setting. The creatures can cause damage to your property, present a danger to pets, overturn trash cans, and make a terrible din at night with the continual growling, chattering, and snarling sounds that they make, call us for professional raccoon removal Hamilton. Also, raccoons have a habit of creating communal latrine areas, presenting a health hazard to you, your family, and your pets.

So, how do you know if a raccoon has made a nest in one of your trees? (more…)