Alert: Raccoon strain rabies is circulating in our raccoon & skunk populations
Raccoons are most active at night; however, sometimes they will look for food during the day. They cause damage to roofs, garages, gardens and lawns.
Keeping raccoons off your property
Here are some suggestions:
- Pick fruit from trees and plants as soon as it ripens.
- Keep your barbeque clean and covered when you are not using it.
- Trim tree branches that overhang your roof.
- Check your roof vents, gables and eaves to make sure screens haven’t been torn away.
- Secure your chimney cap.
- Repair holes in walls or screens.
What to do with raccoons on your property
Here are some tips for dealing with raccoons:
- Install one way gates in the openings animals leave from so they cannot re-enter. Do not permanently block the entrance until you are sure you don’t have any raccoons.
- Never separate a mother raccoon from her young.
- Get rid of raccoons in fall after their young have left the den.
- Let raccoons in your chimney move out on their own. After eight to ten weeks, the female and young will leave and not come back.
- Hire a wildlife agency or trapper to remove raccoons from your home.
- Call Animal Services at 905-574-3433 to report injured or dead raccoons.
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