Keeping Toronto Wildlife This Winter
Humans are not the only ones who seek warmth and shelter when the temperatures start dropping. Toronto wildlife like squirrels and raccoons are also looking for a warm place to sleep as the cold days of winter approach.
That means now is the time to make a plan. If you want to enjoy your warm and cozy homes wildlife-free, you need to take steps now — before the weather starts getting cold. Chances are you do not want to share your home with raccoons, squirrels, skunks and other nuisance Toronto wildlife, and if you heed these tips you will not have to.
- Take stock of your home – raccoons, skunks and squirrels can enter your home through even the smallest openings. Take a walk around your home’s exterior and look for gaps and cracks that could let wildlife into your home, then seal them up to keep those unwanted intruders out.
- Invest in a trash can storage area – Nothing attracts wildlife more than food scraps left out in the open. Make sure your trash can is not left out all day and night for wildlife to chew through or tip over for a free meal. You can make your garbage less appealing to Toronto wildlife by using odour-blocking trash bags.
- Cap open chimneys. This can keep raccoons from getting into your home in the first place.
- Look for signs of a wildlife infestation, like raccoon droppings on garage roofs and decks or skunk burrows under the pouch. Take immediate steps to remove the wildlife with one-way doors or live traps supplied by an affordable Toronto wildlife control company
- Avoid using cardboard boxes for storage, especially in garages, basements and other places were wildlife could go unnoticed. Use airtight,wildlife proof plastic storage totes or wildlife proof boxes to store your stuff.
- Keep garbage stored properly. raccoons have an amazing sense of smell, and if you leave food out overnight they will find it.
- If you heat with wood, keep your firewood stack at least five feet off the ground and a minimum of 20 feet away from your home. Skunks and other wildlife can use this sheltered area to get out out the elements.
Many homeowners think of Toronto wildlife control as a warm weather problem, but wildlife are even more likely to enter your home when the nights turn colder. Taking a few preparatory steps now is the best way to keep raccoons, squirrels and other unwanted Toronto wildlife outside where they belong.