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Danger of Raccoon Feces

Raccoons often carry round worm, Baylisascaris procyonis. Although harmless to raccoons, these parasites create eggs, which when matured can cause serious side effects in humans and other animals. Many parents allow their children to play in the backyard, and we all know kids like to put everything in their mouths. Having your deck as a Latrine (bathroom) site for raccoons can be very unpleasant and potently harmful to your family. If your deck is a latrine site, please see Removing Raccoon Feces.

Raccoons under your deck

Raccoons like to create dens in dark, safe, and quiet places. During the summer, the underside of your deck is the perfect location for a mother raccoon to start a family. Most times, Raccoons are unwanted visitors in a residential backyard, as they can get quite aggressive when threatened, are unsanitary, and are very destructive pests.

Luckily, at Hawkeye Bird and Animal Control, we can provide permanent and humane raccoon removal, as well as provide solutions to help prevent the same problem in the future.
With our services, an assessment will be performed on your deck to determine the access point (s) of the raccoon (s). Then there are a few options available depending on what your personal needs are.

One-way doors

A one way door can be assembled so that the raccoon (s) may exit the den, but are unable to re-enter. We can then block off the existing entrance (s) permanently. During the nesting season this method is not preferred as the young may become stuck in the den without their mother. Based on your situation, if we suspect there are babies present we will ensure that every animal involved will be handled humanely.

Permanent Removal

After locating the opening or access point (s) of the raccoon den, multiple live traps can be set up by one of our trained animal technicians depending on the unique requirements of your situation. As a client you have two choices: release or euthanasia. All of our technicians are licenced in humane pest euthanasia in Ontario, and this process will ensure that your pest solution is permanent. For those clients that do not wish to take this path, we may also release the raccoons within one kilometer from the location they were trapped. In the province of Ontario, this is the maximum allowable distance for release of a trapped animal. Most clients prefer to euthanize as this is the only method that will ensure a permanent solution. If you would like more information about animal trapping please see Animal Wildlife Trapping: Raccoon, Squirrel and Skunk.

Preventing Raccoons from choosing your deck

Raccoons tend to nest where there is available food close by. Things like garbage and recycling that are left unsecured can be a major attractant to raccoons and other unwanted wildlife on your property. Having a secure bin is optimal and will block off the food supply for potential new residents of your deck. But to ensure complete security of your deck from wildlife you may also wish to install exclusion fencing. This fencing is made of heavy gauge screening and would be installed in the ground around the entirety of your deck. For securing solutions please visit Animal Wildlife Exclusion.

To get a permanent solution for your pest problem, call us at (416) 429-5393; we will be happy to discuss all of your available options.


Spring is coming, are you ready??

When a wild animal gets into your attic, their presence, no matter how short of a stay, can pose a serious threat to your health and safety. Squirrels like to chew, in fact, they have to chew as their teeth continually grow. If they are in your attic, they may have chewed wires or wood, leaving your susceptible to electrical fires, leaks and mould. Raccoons can also create openings for moisture to can get into, and if they defecate, this is a health hazard as they carry Raccoon Roundworm, as well as giardia, leptospirosis and salmonella. Simply installing a one-way door in to get rid of an animal in your home or attic, does not mean the end of the problem.

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The most serious threat? Raccoon rabies. Raccoon rabies have been confirmed in the Niagara Region, and the problem will continue to grow. Trapping a removing raccoons or other wildlife is ILLEGAL and can help spread the disease to new areas.  Do not trap and relocate any wild animal without the proper permit, or with the help of a licensed wildlife control company.  Need more information? Contact us at or 1-855-393-4295


To avoid unwanted animal tenants, we have put together some tips to keep raccoons, skunks and other wildlife out of your home and garden.


1. Find their Food

Food sources include; bird seed, fruit trees, garbage, dog or pet food and open or insecure compost piles. It may not be obvious that these are sources of food for wildlife, but they are and getting rid of them, or limiting access to them, is key for keeping critters away.

2. Check your Deck 

Underneath a deck is a great place for all kinds of critters to make into a home. It is easy for raccoons, mice, rats, squirrels or even a coyote to dig under your deck and make a nest. You will need to add wire mesh/cloth around the perimeter of your deck, along the edges and sides, making sure it is placed deep enough into the ground so animals can’t dig underneath.

3. Secure your Shed

Sheds are another great place for wildlife to build their homes or to just break into searching for food. Over the cooler months, you might not visit your shed often, and will be less likely to see that an animal has moved in, or caused damage, until it’s too late! Roofs, doors, walls and floors are all access points. Make sure to secure around the base of your shed too, as animals are likely to dig underneath your shed as well.

4. Reinforce your Roof

You may want to hire a professional for this to make sure it done correctly, and done in a safe manner.  On average, each month 100 people in Canada are hospitalized from falling from a ladder, many from doing their own repairs.

5. Trim Your Trees 

Trees that overhang onto roofs and other structures provide easy access for animals to get onto, and into, your roof or attic.  Trim back branches 9 feet from your roof as squirrels will jump great distances to get onto your roof. For larger branches and trees, consider hiring a certified arborist to make sure if it done right, without harming the tree.

6. Fix Your Fence 

Gaps around the base of your fence make it very easy for animals to visit your yard. Check for any spaces or holes and repair them. If animals are digging underneath your fence, you will have to look at installing wire mesh/cloth into the ground, deep enough so they cannot dig underneath it.  

7. Protect Your Pond

Raccoons are notorious for bathing in decorative ponds and eating any koi, goldfish or frogs in your pond. You can make the pond deep enough so the fish have a deep place to hide from the masked predators or invest in a protective metal cover than is secure so raccoons can move it, and does not allow the raccoons to reach through it. Remember to check with local bylaws on safety requirements for ponds.

This information is for Animal / Wildlife Control, please visit BIRD CONTROL for pest bird related issues.


Hawkeye's permit/license under The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act (MNR) as a licensed furbearer trapper, uniquely qualifies HAWKEYE as a company to offer:

- Capture and relocation within 1km of the pest animal OR
- Capture and permanent removal/euthanize of the pest animal at your request


Hawkeye Bird and Animal Control can address your commercial or industrial nuisance animal or wildlife problem. With over 25 years experience in the bird, animal and wildlife control business we know which techniques work. Our experienced trappers will provide a free assessment of your property today; identify the problem and create a solution that works for your business.



  • Most people associate airports with bird strikes, however other pest wildlife often cause serious issues for airports and runways including raccoons, coyotes, fox and deer.
  • Hawkeye has worked in and around airports and knows which techniques work best in pest-proofing these areas.
  • We commonly use falconry as well as dogs to help control wildlife.


Architectural Consulting

  • Architecture is usually a creation of a unique, beautiful structure. Pest birds, animals and wildlife are often forgotten about when buildings are being designed. This can lead to many problems in the years after for occupants, including structural damage and costs for repair and services. Hawkeye can help you avoid these costly mistakes and teach you to design with wildlife in mind.
  • We offer consulting for architects, architectural engineers, building or property management/maintenance


Farming & Agricultural

  • While it is challenging to completely prevent wildlife from damaging crops as well as posing a risk to farm animals, there are ways to reduce loss and deter wildlife.
  • Hawkeye will assess your property and wildlife/animal nuisance you are experiencing and develop a plan to help you protect your farm.
  • Timing is critical to get the most value for your investment in wildlife control. With farming being heavily reliant on weather, it is important to address those problems before your busy season starts.


Food Industry

  • Pest animals and wildlife can pose serious health risks to both your customers and staff.
  • Hawkeye can assess your facility to ensure proper safety measures are in place to prevent wildlife from accessing your business and contaminating your product.
  • Typically, areas like receiving doors or a propped open door are common entrances for pests
  • Whether you are AIB, qualified or have similar safety quality assurance or quality control systems, we can help you address issues like animals defecating or disturbing assembly lines and spreading viruses and diseases into your manufacturing line.


Government/Public Sector

  • Public spaces like parks often fall victim to nuisance birds, animals and wildlife.
  • These areas are often green, well manicured, have a source of water, alternate food sources like human garbage and are not occupied for many hours at a time providing the perfect opportunity for pest wildlife.
  • In addition, city or provincially owned roadways, ditches and culverts often provide a network of paths for any number of small nuisance wildlife like foxes, skunks, raccoons, beavers, muskrats and more.
  • Tall grasses provide coverage while ditches provide a consistent source of water.
  • With the current rabies outbreak continuing to spread north from the U.S., certain areas are becoming more prevalent. Pre-baiting is important to help stop the spread, but all licenced trappers are working with authorities to ensure proper handling of wildlife at risk for rabies (raccoons, skunks, foxes)
  • Hawkeye has worked with many municipalities and local businesses to address nuisance wildlife following MNR guidelines and precautions.


Manufacturing Industries

  • Manufacturing plants often struggle with nuisance animals and wildlife.
  • Many plants are aging and in disrepair leaving nooks and crannies for small pests to find their way in.
  • Receiving doors are often left open, inviting mother nature inside.
  • We can help you address issues like animals defecating or disturbing assembly lines and spreading viruses and diseases into your manufacturing line.
  • Pest animals also pose a risk to high voltage areas, overhead wires, cranes and fiber optic communication lines.
  • Prevent your goods from being damaged by pests, call Hawkeye today for a free consultation of your plant.



  • Landfills come with a host of pest bird, animal and wildlife issues
  • Typically, we associate them with pest birds like gulls, however small animals are attracted to the smell of rotting food, bugs and a host of other material they scavenge
  • Hawkeye has worked in many different landfills, our technicians not only provide bird and animal control, but have training in traffic control and proper inspection and handling of waste (including hazardous waste)
  • Commonly we use falconry and dogs to help control wildlife in landfills. See falconry for bird control for more information on using falconry to control pest birds


Medical Industry

  • Hospitals, drug manufacturers, care facilities and other medical facilities are extremely sensitive to the smallest level of contamination from problem birds or other wildlife.
  • With a large amount of waste, recycling and compost that often sits in large dumpsters outside the building, this can attract a host of pest birds, animals and wildlife.
  • Raccoons, squirrels and skunks are common offenders of dumpster diving.
  • With a recent outbreak of rabies in Ontario, this type of pest should be given extra consideration for pest control



Raccoon family on deck sm

Raccoon poop, or feces, can cause considerable health hazards, so it is important that it is cleaned up right away and done right. Raccoons carry the intestinal parasite Baylisascaris procyonis, which is raccoon roundworm. Infected raccoons shed millions of eggs in their poop, which infect the environment, and can be passed to dogs and humans. Their poop also carries giardia, leptospirosis and salmonella, which are also harmful to humans and pets.

Raccoon roundworm eggs that have been shed into the environment take 2 to 4 weeks to mature to the infective stage, so it is important to promptly remove any fresh raccoon poop. Although not that common, roundworms can infect our eyes, organs and brains, and there are no drugs that are completely effective to treat raccoon roundworm (, 2017). Raccoon poop is found in ‘latrines’; common areas where they repeatedly defecate. These are found on top of sheds, roofs, garages, gardens, sheds, decks and inside of attics. When established latrines are found they should be treated as a biohazardous material and handled accordingly.

Cleaning chemicals will not kill the raccoon roundworm parasite eggs, but the right amount of heat will. Raccoon poop may be cleaned up from some areas with boiling water, but in other areas, safe use of a propane torch may be the only way to safely disinfect. People removing raccoon poop must take the appropriate precautions to avoid infection. This includes the use of a properly rated respirator, disposable gloves, proper footwear and the right clothes that can be effectively cleaned after use to kill any parasite eggs that may have come in contact during the raccoon poop removal.

The professionals at Hawkeye have the proper equipment, knowledge and experience to safely remove and disinfect raccoon poop from latrines. We can also help you find ways to keep raccoons from coming into your yard, and show you how to keep them out of your home, garage or shed.


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