--> Dangerous raccoons: Protect your home and pets



In Quebec, raccoons are increasingly common, not only in wooded areas but also in urban and suburban environments. Attracted by easy sources of food and the shelter provided by our homes, these curious omnivores often get too comfortably close to our living spaces. Although they may seem cute and harmless, it is crucial to understand the risks associated with their presence and to take steps to protect our homes and pets.


Behavior and risks associated with raccoons



Raccoons are known for their intelligence and dexterity, which makes them particularly adept at adapting to various environments, including urban areas. However, their curious behavior and constant search for food make them likely to cause problems in human habitats.


Carriers of infectious diseases

Rabies: The raccoon is a known vector of rabies, a deadly viral disease primarily transmitted through bites. For more information on this disease and its presence in raccoons, you can visit the Quebec government page dedicated to this species here.

Distemper: Often associated with dogs, this viral disease also affects raccoons. It is highly contagious and can be fatal, although it is not transmissible to humans, it poses a significant risk to unvaccinated dogs.

 – Scabies: This skin infestation caused by mites can be transmitted to pets if they come into contact with an infected raccoon. While treatable, scabies causes severe itching and significant discomfort.


Carriers of parasites

Raccoons can also harbor a variety of internal and external parasites, such as:

Intestinal Worms: They can transmit several types of worms, such as roundworms, which can infect pets and occasionally humans, leading to gastrointestinal issues and other complications.

Fleas and Ticks: These external parasites not only cause irritation and allergies; they are also vectors of diseases like Lyme disease, which can affect both animals and humans.

Managing the presence of raccoons is therefore essential to prevent health and safety risks for your family and pets. By better understanding the risks associated with these animals, you can take more informed steps to keep them away from your living environment.


How do raccoons enter homes?



Raccoons use their agile paws to open lids, move grills, and exploit small openings to access warm and secure spaces. They can climb along gutters to reach attics, where they can cause damage in their search for a nest. Basements, garages, and sheds are also common targets for these animals seeking refuge, especially during the colder months.


Preventive strategies to deter raccoons

Raccoons are attracted to easily accessible food, whether it’s in our trash bins or gardens. To effectively deter them without resorting to fences, several respectful and effective methods can be employed.


Securing food sources

One of the first steps to prevent raccoon visits is to secure all food sources. Ensure your trash bins have lockable lids and remain closed at all times. For composters, consider using closed and robust models that cannot be easily opened by these animals. Avoiding leaving food outside, such as pet food bowls or fruit and vegetable remnants in gardens, is also crucial.


Using natural repellents

Natural repellents can be an alternative to deter raccoons without harming them. Options like applying ammonia or vinegar around frequently visited areas can discourage these visitors. Sprays based on cayenne pepper or black pepper are also effective, as raccoons are sensitive to these irritants.


Humane and respectful solutions for raccoon control

When a raccoon is already established, it is recommended to call pest management professionals, who use respectful and effective methods to manage raccoon populations. Techniques such as trapping and relocation, as well as the use of natural repellents, can be employed to keep these unwanted visitors at bay without harming them.



The presence of raccoons near our homes requires vigilance and proactive actions to minimize the risks and inconveniences they can cause. By adopting preventive strategies and seeking professional services when needed, you can effectively protect your home and pets. For more information or intervention, do not hesitate to visit the Exterminatek website or contact us.

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