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Are Raccoons On The Roof A Problem?

We got called out to a building because the neighbour had reported seeing 6-8 raccoons on the roof. Upon arrival, we spotted this one raccoon sleeping underneath the HVAC duct work. Most HVAC systems such as this are typically installed inside a building but in this particular case, the HVAC system was installed outside. This location provides the perfect Spring den for a raccoon away from the elements. Many of you may ask “why wouldn’t you just leave the raccoons if they aren’t living inside the attic?” The answer to that can be seen in the video. The raccoons have been tearing at the shingles and exposing the plywood beneath. This can provide major problems for the building owner such as water leaks, mold, and drywall damage. An even more concerning matter is that a children’s playground is located directly below this spot on the roof where an accumulation of feces has been deposited. With the potential of raccoon roundworm eggs in the feces, it could inadvertently infect the children playing in that area. Raccoon Roundworm is a parasite that lives in the intestines of 70 to 90% of urban raccoons. The eggs of this parasite are shed in the raccoons droppings and if accidentally ingested, can cause serious health consequences. Young children are at highest risk since they have a tendency of putting things into their mouths. However, older children and adults can also be at risk when playing or working outdoors. The raccoon was gently persuaded to move on, the roof was repaired and the area was screened to prevent them from living there. Please give this video of thumbs up if you enjoyed it! We GET THEM OUT and KEEP THEM OUT. Follow Our Adventures! Youtube: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:

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