North York Chimney Exclusion

Case Study: Baby Raccoon Removal from Chimney in North York

This article will analyze and recount the removal of raccoon and immobile raccoon babies in a chimney in North York. It will detail the steps taken in exclusion, by the technician, to exclude and humanely remove the raccoon from the chimney along with its babies. This is located between Highway 400 and Jane Street as well as Finch and Sheppard, North-South.

The technicians, before the exclusion, must first inspect and confer with the customer or customer’s on the issue and must then locate the dead animal the customers suspect to be in their chimney. The customer’s original complaint was the sound of an unknown wild animal in a sealed chimney. A technician was sent out to inspect for a dead animal and if none is found to disinfect the area.

North York, Jane And Finch: A University Town Near a Park With a River

Jane and Finch is a North York neighbourhood that abuts York University as well as the Black Creek Parkland. There is a large amount of green space and a river called Black Creek which can attract rodents and wild animals to human homes. Before the urbanization of the area, it was farmland for one-hundred and fifty years previously run by German-Canadians. The neighbourhood is very close to the 400 highway. The area is highly dense and multi-cultural.

Exterior Inspection 

When the technician arrives on site they will perform an exterior inspection of the outside of the house. This led to the discovery of a living raccoon and babies in the chimney. The technician noticed the chimney cap had no protection from animal invasion and that it needed exclusion with galvanized steel mesh and a one-way door.

Interior Inspection

The inside of the chimney was inspected and photographed. The raccoon’s immobile children were located inside the chimney along with a large amount of detritus. The raccoon babies would need to be removed before exclusion can begin.

Inside of Chimney Raccoon Nest
Detritus inside the chimney where the babies were found.

Initial Measures

The technician removed the raccoon babies and placed them in a small box on the ground near where the mother would exit. The technician then disinfected the inside of the chimney. The technician then excluded the chimney with galvanized steel mesh and a one-way door. After the full work was completed the technician returned on-site and the raccoon and babies were gone, as well as the box.

Proposed exclusion

Excluded Chimney Mother Raccoon
The mother raccoon peered out from the chimney before venturing out.
Excluded Chimney
The chimney was excluded with galvanized steel mesh to prevent another invasion.

The technician excluded the chimney cap using thick galvanized steel mesh. The cap has a steel roof which assisted this process. This will prevent other wild animals from entering the chimney. While completing the exclusion and attaching the one-way door the raccoon mother was found to still be in the chimney. Luckily the technician had already installed the one-way door and the raccoon vacated through the one-way door and moved on from the property with her young.    

The technician discovered a raccoon and raccoon babies in the chimney. The technician was successful in removing the raccoon and the immobile raccoon babies from the chimney and in sealing off the chimney cap using thick galvanized steel wire mesh. On returning to the property the babies and raccoon were gone and the customers were pleased with the work.