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Raccoons on Your Roof? Here's How to Get Them Off
Do you have raccoons on your roof? For the safety of your home and its occupants, hire professionals to remove the raccoons from your roof as soon as possible.
Having raccoons on your roof may not seem that bad, but in reality, it could be the beginning of a long struggle for control of your house. Raccoons are known to seek out weak points in a roof, such as the eavestrough, soffits, or metal or asphalt shingles. From this point, their main focus is getting inside your home to create a warm den away from the cold.
Why is this such a dangerous situation? Raccoons carry a variety of diseases that can cause life-threatening illnesses in humans and domestic pets. Raccoons also do a number on your insulation and wiring, which could have catastrophic consequences for your home.
Why It Takes a Professional to Choose the Right Live Trap for Raccoons
Live raccoon traps are one of the most humane methods of capturing and removing raccoons from a property or structure. Live traps use bait to lure raccoons to a trap so that the raccoon can be safely relocated or humanely euthanized. There are a variety of raccoon traps professionals use based on the number of raccoons onsite, the size of the raccoons, and the location of the raccoons.
Below, we outline some of the key factors that professionals consider when using live traps to remove raccoons from a property.
Seized raccoons from Kawartha Lakes facility *Update
Back in September the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) obtained a permit to remove close to 100 raccoons that were being kept in a rehabilitation facility called “Mally’s Third Chance Raccoon Rescue”. *Our original Article here* The MNRF states that this charity violated the Provincial Wildlife Conservation Act and was not meeting their regulations as wildlife custodians; which is why the animals in their care were seized. Although Mally’s Raccoon Rescue wholly denies these allegations, there are certain aspects of the videos posted that don’t quite add up. What we are questioning is why did they have so many animals in their care, is housing so many animals together risking spread of disease, and why were kits being taken into custody at this time of year? There are many reasons why this raid may have happened and this article will help to explore those reasons.
In Ontario, the law for wildlife custodians states that “wildlife custodians are legally authorized to provide temporary care for sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife so they can be returned to the wild.” The key word in this statement is temporary. This facility had close to 100 animals in captivity and many of the animals in the pictures seen, appear to be in perfectly stable condition to be released into the wild. Raccoons or other animals in captivity can easily become domesticated. This poses a large problem because they can become reliant on humans for food and shelter and become unable to survive on their own successfully. This leaves us to question if these animals are being kept in captivity longer than they should be? Also with so many animals housed together are they risking the spread of disease?
How to Clean Raccoon Poop Safely and Effectively
Cleaning raccoon poop is a whole different ballgame compared to picking up after your dog or cat. Raccoon poop carries a wealth of diseases that can lead to serious and fatal health risks to humans and domestic animals.
Raccoon poop might look a lot like the poop of a small dog but there are a few differences. It usually contains undigested food such as berries, seeds, and other foods. Raccoon poop is tubular shaped, two to three inches in length, dark in colour, and often has an overpowering odour.