- Written by Dan Frankian
Hawkeye is the ONLY pest bird and animal/wildlife control company in Canada designated "Certified Wildlife Control Professional" AND holding the following licenses:
Trapping of Fur Bearing Animals Permit: In contrast to all other companies, we can euthanize the fur bearing animal, thus guaranteeing it will not return.
Raccoons may be cute with their ring tails and black masks but if you live in the city, chances are you’ve already had the misfortune of seeing them topple over garbage cans and cause a mess of trash on your lawn. While this can be a huge nuisance, nothing compares to the property damage raccoons can cause when they make a nest inside your home. How can raccoons damage your home? What kind of damage do raccoons do on your property? Are raccoons destructive? Here's everything you need to know about raccoon damage and how our animal trapping services at Hawkeye Bird and Animal Control can offer you permanent raccoon control.
Where Can Raccoons Damage Your Home?
Raccoons are talented climbers and it is no challenge for them to climb onto your roof. They may venture up there out of curiosity or if they found food, but the main reason is because they are looking for a good place to live. They can climb under gaps in the eaves or soffits or make a hole by digging away at your eaves and shingles. If this happens, you will have pesky rodents living in your attic, and roof damage that is costly to repair.
If you notice raccoons in your attic, they could impact the integrity of your roof and ceiling. They are attracted to weakened areas by feeling the heat escape your roof and will burrow into these weaker areas or holes to make their homes inside your attic. This damage can lead to leaks and floods in your home.
Walls, Pipe Insulation, and Air Ducts
Raccoons that enter your roof and attic can disturb insulation by packing it down or moving it around. When this happens, it leaves open spots in your attic that diminish or eliminate the effectiveness of the insulation to keep your home warm. As a result, you may experience ice damming on your roof and costly leaks.
Is Raccoon Damage Covered by Insurance?
Unfortunately, most renters and homeowners are not covered under insurance if they experience a problem with pests animals. These problems are classified as issues that could have been avoided, which is why it is paramount that you regularly check your attic, roof, and basement for signs of an infestation. The earlier you spot the issue, the faster you can remediate it, so it does not become a costly fix. The assumption by most insurance companies is that homeowners should be doing a good job of inspecting and maintaining their own property to ensure there are no potential places for wild animals to creep in can wreak havoc.
How Do I Potect My Home from Raccoon Damage?
There are several things you can do around your home if you notice raccoons wandering around and want to prevent them from making a home in your attic, roof, or walls. These preventative measures can also be done before there are any signs of raccoons.
Reduce or Eliminate Food Sources
Food is one of the primary reasons why raccoons might choose to nest in your home. If there is a constant supply of food nearby, such as bird feed, outdoor pet food, or garbage and compost, it will lure raccoons onto your property. You can reduce these sources in the following ways:
- Use secured trash cans with a thick lid and a weight or pressure strap on top. Lids that are thin and plastic can be chewed and broken by raccoons or they can easily be knocked over/lifted.
- Install a catch tray on bird feeder poles so that seeds don’t drop on the floor. Ensure that the bird feeder is installed away from trees or other structures that raccoons could jump from.
- If you have trees around your home, cut them back six to eight feet away from your home to prevent access to your roof.
- Use metal flashing on wooden beams at house corners to prevent climbing.
When Should You Call a Wildlife Expert for Raccoon Control?
If you notice raccoons in your neighbourhood acting like they are distressed or injured, contact your local Animal Control Services. The animal could be in trouble or sick, so do not approach them.
Otherwise, if healthy raccoons are roaming around your property, it is best to contact a wildlife expert for raccoon control. Hawkeye Bird and Animal Control has several control methods for raccoon families. These services include control methods such as using one-way exit devices and using hand capture, live trapping, and cage traps. We will visit your property and examine the signs that raccoons are present, then, we will search your property to discover where the nests are located. Once we have removed the animals from your property, we can help you secure your house from further raccoon break-ins. The raccoons that we capture will be safely released in the nature nearby.
Hire Hawkeye to Rid Your Property of Raccoons
Hawkeye Bird and Animal Control services residential, commercial, and industrial properties in the Greater Toronto Area, Golden Horseshoe, and many parts of Florida. Unlike other wildlife control services in the GTA, Hawkeye holds the following licenses: Trapping of Fur Bearing Animals Permit, Falconry Permit, and Pest Control License. This allows us to employ control methods in addition to relocation of captured raccoons.
We are also the only pest bird and animal/wildlife control company in the country designated "Certified Wildlife Control Professional" and we are permitted to euthanize pest animals in accordance with the Canadian Veterinary Association’s standards.
Our services include services include animal and bird control, falconry experience, balcony cleaning and netting, cleaning and exclusion. We guarantee results and offer permanent solutions that exceed our competitors.
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