Last Updated: June 2016
Raccoons have long been inhabiting the great city of Toronto, a concern for homeowners and business owners alike. Hearing the rummaging through their trash and the sound of scratching or crawling noises around upstairs isn’t exactly how you wanted to spend your evening, but from time to time, it happens and you’re in need of raccoon removal. Fortunately, there are many companies out there that provide Toronto raccoon removal services, but be on the lookout when selecting the right wildlife control company for you. There are several factors you should be cautious of when researching for this service. Ensure the company you are looking at is professional, has experience, conducts humane methods and more. Raccoons, although can be a nuisance to deal with when indoors and uninvited, are very interesting mammals. They are incredibly intelligent and possess skills that allows them to be able to walk through Toronto, between buildings, scavenging, and finding shelter. If you’re living in Toronto and are faced with the need for raccoon removal, keep in mind the well-being of the raccoon and call for a professional to help you with wildlife problems. This eliminates the risk of injuring yourself, others, and the raccoon. A professional will be able to help you deal with Toronto raccoon removal effectively and humanely.
Raccoons are part of the family of mammals called Procyonidae. This group of mammals also includes animals called coatis and olingos, and are characterized by their body size and long tails. Raccoons are easily recognizable by their unique physical appearance. They are small to medium sized mammals that are measured at about 25-35 inches. Raccoon fur is a brown-grey color, that lighter around their face but is covered by their signature mask. The dark area around the raccoon eyes and their long striped tail are the more distinguishing features of the raccoon, making them easily identifiable. Raccoons have a lifespan of about 2-3 years but can live to about 20 years in captivity. Raccoons are very adaptable. They can live under varying situations which is why they have become so accustomed to the city. A raccoon habitat originally are grassy, forested areas, often by riverbanks as they would seek out trees to climb to avoid predators. They find shelter in tree cavities for themselves and their young.
More facts about raccoons
- Raccoons have very agile fingers that allow them to unlatch cages
- Female raccoons give birth to about 3-4 young (kits) in the spring
- Raccoons are very intelligent. The rank just below monkeys on the mammal IQ test
- Raccoons can run at speeds of 15 mph
- Baby raccoons are born blind and cannot see up until about 3-4 weeks after
- Not all raccoons have rabies, but they have a risk of contracting it
- Raccoons are omnivorous, they eat berries and plans but they also eat frogs, insects eggs and more
- Raccoons can adapt to many environments which is why they do so well in the city, and are scavenging human food
Raccoons in the City
As previously mentioned, raccoons have been found to be extremely adaptable to many different living environments which is why they’ve succeeded in making a habitat out of more urban areas. A part of the reason why raccoons have been in the city is due to deforestation. According to The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals Canada is one of the leading countries in deforestation. This process drives fur-bearing animals like raccoons out of their natural habitat into more urban areas which is partially to blame for the need of Toronto raccoon removal services. Toronto raccoons have been doing well in the city because of how well the city supports the basic needs of a raccoon. There are many places for a raccoon to find shelter and take care of their young, they are free from their natural predators in the wild, and they have access to human food. Our waste often becomes food sources for raccoons which is one of the main contributing factors as to why the city needs Toronto raccoon removal.
SOS Wildlife Control: Toronto Raccoon Removal
When conducting Toronto raccoon removal, SOS Wildlife Control understands the importance of conducting humane, safe, proper methods that don’t pose risk to both the raccoon, the customer and the technician. Our technicians have the right experience, know the proper methods and are effective when conducting Toronto raccoon removal. Once our technicians arrive to the site, they make sure to ask all the right questions to best analyze the situation. Each case is unique, so we tailor our services to meet your specific needs and devise a plan of action to accomplish your Toronto raccoon removal situation promptly and effectively.
If baby raccoons (kits) are involved, the raccoon removal process must be done even more carefully as to not put the baby raccoon and mother at risk. The mother raccoon is first deterred from her babies temporarily while the technicians place the babies in a comfortable, heated box. The box is kept in a location that is easily found and accessible for the mother raccoon to find. The mother then will then take her young away to another location carrying them one by one from the box. Baby raccoon removal must be handled very carefully due to the delicate babies and the protective mother. For this reason and more, it is always a better solution to call for a professional wildlife removal service company to handle your Toronto raccoon removal problem rather than trying to conduct it yourself.
If you notice signs of wildlife in your house give us a call. At SOS Wildlife Control, we provide superior Toronto raccoon removal services for residential, commercial, and industrial clients. Let us help you solve your wildlife problems. Taking action before it’s too late will help eliminate animal damage repair costs. We can easily be reached at 1-800-981-0330. Don’t wait and call us to schedule an appointment for a thorough inspection to help evacuate all your unwanted wildlife guests in the most humane way possible.
Call SOS Wildlife Control at 1.800.981.0330 for Toronto Raccoon Removal!