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tdc's FarmGate
- Raccoons
in Eastern Ontario


They get into your garbage, live in your attic -
How do you get rid of them ?

Get Them Removed

Pest control firms must follow the provincial law that protects wildlife such as raccoons, squirrels and skunks from harm — even when they cause homeowner havoc.
(Ontario Law http://www.humanewildlifecontrol.com/resources/laws-and-statutes.html )

Wildlife technicians are specially trained in raccoon removal and prevent undue stress or injury to the animals. This is also a practical and economical approach. The inhumane killing, trapping or relocation of raccoons is illegal. Removing raccoon mothers leaves the babies to die in your building. The removal of carcasses is time consuming, costly and poses a health risk.

As they can climb up quickly and have an outstanding memory, it is not an easy thing to remove raccoons from your house. They are not easily frightened. So, chasing will do no good. However, the use of homemade raccoon repellent is a perfect remedy to stop their destructive activities. A common homemade raccoon repellent can be made by boiling Tabasco brand sauce and adding some flakes of chili, sticky dish detergent used in washing, cayenne pepper and a gallon water with it. All the ingredients are cheap and environment—friendly. After the preparation is done, spray that anywhere where you don’t want raccoons.

Discourage Them from Making Your Home Theirs

Another raccoon repellent home remedy is to use substances having toxic odors of high degree. As ammonia has a strong smell which is pungent enough to irritate the raccoons, you can use that as raccoon repellent home remedy. Raccoons have very sensitive noses, lungs and eyes. So they can not stand those odors.

You just need to take a piece of cloth and soak it deeply in ammonia and keep that in the trash cans, garbage drums or inside the chimney. Remember that there should not be any air to carry the smell out making it highly toxic.

Here are some things that works ...

Animal Stopper Garbage Can

A list of Raccoon Control Companies in Eastern Ontario

Critter Control
Quality Pest Control
St Lawrence Humane Wildlife and Pest Control Services

The list is pretty small and perhaps if you know of others who will
service Eastern Ontario ... please e-Mail me


This garbage can is available from Canadian Tire for about $30.00.
Well worth your effort to get rid of those pesky racoons - and it works!


Raccoon Proof Your Home

You may want to contact a professional for advice, or raccoon-proof your home yourself:

Cover up potential entrances, such as uncapped chimneys, loose shingles and openings in attics, roofs and eaves. If you’re not sure where raccoons are getting in, sift flour around potential entrances and check for footprints later. You can also stuff a rag or ball of paper in a suspect hole and check later to see if it has been removed.

Make a raccoon den unlivable. Sprinkle moth balls around the area or hang ammonia-soaked cotton rags near the entrance and keep the area brightly lit. Raccoons dislike loud noises, bright lights, and strong smells. Use the same methods in your garden or in the area where you keep your garbage or composter. Warning: Both moth balls and ammonia can be toxic to humans or pets if too much is used in a confined space from which pets and children are not excluded (such as a garage or garden shed).

Always cover composters and garbage cans. Use a bungie cord or a heavy weight to keep the lid in place.

Make sure that bird feeders, especially suet feeders are on slippery poles or on wires which raccoons cannot climb.

Make sure that all raccoons or other animals have left before sealing up holes in any part of the building. This is especially important between May and July when there may be young.

Block the entrances to a raccoon den once you are sure that all animals have left. You can use sheet metal. Repair siding and holes in buildings, and use heavy rustproof screening to cover open-air vents or chimneys.

Trim all overhanging tree branches or any other structure that animals might use to get on to the roof of a residence or detached building.

Other Information

Sorry, Mayor Tory: Us members of Raccoon Nation won’t back down without a fight
City of Ottawa - Raccoon Rabies
MNR - Discourage Raccoons from Moving In
Havahart Collapsible Raccoon Trap
Toronto Animal Services


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