- Raccoons can enter uncapped chimneys, loose shingles and openings in attics, roofs and eaves, garages and sheds.
- They also like to hide under decks and other structures.
If raccoons do get in, you can evict them and discourage them from re-entering by:
Step 1: If you think you know where the animals get in, check to see if this entrance is in use:
- Sprinkle flour and look for footprints.
- Stuff a rag or bunched up ball of paper in the opening and check later to see if it was removed.
Step 2: Encourage raccoons to leave on their own by making the home unlivable.
- Hang ammonia-soaked rags.
- Play a loud radio tuned to an all-talk station.
- Keep the area brightly lit.
- Do not attempt to smoke animals out of the chimney – they could be suffocated or burned.
Step 3: Before any opening is closed off or any chimney is capped:
- Check to see that all raccoons have moved out, especially between March and July when there may be babies.
- Make sure no animal is trapped inside a sealed area -the animal will die and decompose.
Step 4: When you are sure that all raccoons have left:
- Secure the opening to prevent re-entry.
- Block all holes with galvanized sheet metal.
- Repair siding and holes in buildings.
- Use heavy, rustproof screening to cover open air vents.
- Cap chimneys securely.
- Trim overhanging tree branches.
- Remove unused TV towers.
- Leave behind ammonia or bleach to discourage the raccoons in their search for another opening back into their old den.
- Ammonia has a strong odour. When using anything that has an unpleasant odour or fumes to deter wildlife, it is important that you first check to make sure the babies can move around on their own. Any animal exposed to fumes may become ill or die if they cannot escape.