Raccoon Prevention and Proofing
Raccoon proofing solutions. Over time raccoons learn how to take advantage of vulnerabilities in a structure. They can tear soffits or rip vents of when looking for a warm place. We can make sure that every vulnerable area and potential entry point is strengthened so that raccoons cant get in for years to come.
Raccoons are a nuisance in that they commonly invade urban environments. These clever creatures seem to enjoy mischief and mayhem as they will figure out how to remove lids from trash cans. They can knock over garbage bins, make a mess, and consume food belonging to your outdoor animals. It is an annoying animal to deal with for any homeowner.
Even more unfortunate is when raccoons invade your living space. They often invade chimneys and attics. Most commonly raccoons invade homes looking for a dark, quiet, safe place that they can call home. Female raccoons are most likely to invade because they are seeking a place where they can safely give birth to their pups.
The best way to prevent a raccoon from entering your home is through the use of prevention and proofing. Of course, raccoons are clever, dexterous, and surprisingly strong, so you will need the help of a professional to ensure your home stays raccoon-free.
Soffit Raccoon Proofing
The soffits of your roofing system are the undersides of arches, balconies, and eaves. Soffit intersections are often weak points that an animal will use to invade your home. You can generally find these intersections where the upper and lower points of your roof meet. These junctures often provide raccoons with easy access into your attic, especially if they are made from plastic or aluminum.
Under the vinyl or aluminum of the soffit, the area is usually wide open. A professional can install a sturdy piece of plywood under the soffit so the area does not remain wide open. Afterward, the technician will put the soffit back in place. The secure piece of plywood will deter animals from prying the soffit back and gaining entry into your home.
Roof Vent Protection
Roofing systems often have a ventilation system, or at least they should. A ventilation system helps prolong the life of your attic. However, it can pose as a great entry point for wildlife. Animals will find and chew through vent screens using their claws and teeth. Since raccoons are very strong, they can easily chew through the covers on a roof vent.
A technician will remove the damaged screen and replace it with a sturdier screen and perhaps a cloth cover. Sturdy screens and vent covers deter animals such as raccoons and squirrels from gaining access to your attic.
The edges of your roof are also vulnerable areas that can provide animals with easy entry. Fortunately, a technician can secure these areas using proper covers, sections of plywood, and wire mesh if necessary. Make sure you have a professional repair damaged roof edges to prevent animals from re-entering your home. In fact, you should immediately address any signs of roof damage as soon as possible.
Animals do not just invade attics. They can, and will, also invade chimneys if your home has one. When the chimney is not in use, you often close the damper. Therefore, squirrels and raccoons will easily make a home out of your chimney. They can easily scurry up and out when they need to search for food, and then climb right back down to their new cozy den.
Fortunately, you do not have to allow animals entry into your chimney. Hire a professional to come and install chimney caps. A technician can install a secure wire grate over the top of your chimney so it can still let smoke blow out when you have a fire lit while keeping animals out. Since the chimney is similar to a hollowed-out tree, raccoons often enjoy invading that area of your home.
Other Methods of Prevention – Do NOT Make These Mistakes
There are other methods of prevention and proofing you can use to protect your home against an invasion of wildlife. In many cases, it boils down to common mistakes people make that attract wildlife to their home. To prevent animals from invading our space, there are some common mistakes you should avoid.
Do Not Provide Access to Food
The first rule of thumb is to never feed wild animals. Raccoon populations throughout Canada have increased over the years and it would seem that there is no way to get rid of them. That does not, however, mean that you need to open your home to a wild animal. Providing access to food for wild animals continues to attract them, so it is best to stop.
Wild animals are capable of finding food for themselves. Aside from the fact that what you feed them might harm them, it also entices them to make your home theirs. To ensure that you are not feeding the local raccoon population, do not make the following mistakes:
- Do not leave pet food bowls outside – as soon as your pet is done eating, pick up the bowls, bring them in, and clean them out
- Do not set out food purposely for raccoons or other wild animals
- Do not place garbage bags outside unless they are in properly enclosed containers with lids
- Do not leave ripened fruits on trees as they may attract hungry wild animals
- Do not leave your lawn untreated – an untreated lawn attracts grubs and other insects, and grubs and other insects attract raccoons
Do Not Put Home Repairs Off
If your home is in need of repairs, address them immediately, particularly exterior repairs. Exterior damages create weaknesses that raccoons can utilize to gain entry to your home. Therefore, you should avoid these following mistakes:
- Do not leave roofing damages unattended – damaged roof tiles, shingles, soffits, and vents create entry points for raccoons and other animals
- Do not ignore gaps, cracks and holes found along your roof or your foundation
- Do not overlook the importance of professional grade prevention and proofing – a professional can secure weak points of your home to prevent wildlife from entering
Do Not Attempt the DIY Approach
Finally, do not make the mistake of thinking you can apply raccoon prevention and proofing on your own. A professional can provide you with a job done right. Our technicians have the training and skills needed to identify weak points that animals can use to gain entry to your home. Too many people use the Internet to research the DIY approach.
Unfortunately, the DIY approach could put you in harm’s way. If you already have an animal living in your attic or chimney, you run the risk of the animal harming you. Although raccoons are not generally aggressive creatures, they will attack if they feel threatened or provoked. Also, their urine and feces may transmit diseases that can make you ill.
Rather than putting yourself at risk, give us a call so we can provide you with our professional raccoon removal, prevention and proofing solutions.