Wildlife control agencies give advice for homeowners faced with raccoon issues to not make their house livable for the creatures, particularly their attics. While many believe that loud music coming from radios placed specifically near the main entrance and inside the attic, can scare away the invasive animals, loud music or noise as deterrent does not always work.
Raccoons have been observed as smart animals with exceptional capability to adapt in different environments when needing to find a new place to use as habitat. In Toronto, raccoons are said to have adapted pretty well with all the bright lights and noise of city life, including loud music. Moreover, they are no longer afraid of humans and are bold enough to explore places where humans live, work or play. Anecdotally, it is said that every Toronto resident has had an encounter with a raccoon that some even managed to adapt one as pet.
One Canadian study even suggested that instead of playing loud music, play a recording of menacing growls of animals that prey on raccoons. Even the sound of barking dogs are said to be effective in striking fear in the hearts of the creatures. However, it seems the efficiency of this method as a raccoon deterrent was short lived, as the animals are smart enough to recognize real danger.
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Many Toronto residents seemed to have accepted the presence of these animals in their midst, fondly calling them trash pandas. Some have even shown compassion to raccoons found lying lifeless on streets, or trapped in dangerous situations that could get them road-killed.
Still, the Toronto Wildlife control agency warns residents that it is important for every household to address raccoon or any wildlife infestation issues. All wild animal are regarded as dangerous, an are threats to the health of community members. Mainly because many of them are exposed to numerous disease-carrying microbes in the form of fungus and spores present in natural environments.
The most common disease that raccoons carry is rabies, which is known to develop during long incubation periods lasting for weeks and even months. Raccoons are also known to be carriers of external parasites like ticks and fleas that are likely to transfer to pets and subsequently shift to humans.
Wildlife control agencies give advice for homeowners to get in touch with certified companies providing raccoon removal services in solving their raccoon problems. Wildlife removal technicians are trained to use only humane methods in capturing all sorts of wild animals, as well as in instituting effective methods of preventing another home invasion or infestation.