How to get a raccoon out of a tree
At times, human encroachment takes over an area that initiallybelonged to raccoons which travel to search for food as reserves run low. They keep looking for food wherever it is and may leavefor over a year before they come back. In winter, they seek higher ground where they can go dormant till the weather becomes favorableagain. If you notice a raccoon in your tree, the first instinct is to actually get them away because they are carriers of diseases and can wreak havoc especially when you have pets.
How they get into trees
Raccoons have the capability of climbing trees especially when you leave the bark unprotected. The fruit developing on your fruit tree is a tasty meal for the raccoons especiallywhen hungry regardless of how much you want the fruits for yourself. They are sneaky scavengers and they can climb trees very easily si as to access your fruits. The rough texture of the trunks makes it so easy foe the raccoons to gain the much needed traction. Whenraccoons are unable to gain traction on the tree trunk, it means that they cannot be able to get to the fruits. You should install a metal collar all around the trunk so as to ensure that raccoons stay off the tree.
How to get them off
If you are not sure of what to do, you should get a professional who is trained in this area andthey will do the work for you. One of the things you should note is the fact that these animals may have diseases so do not try to handle them if you have no idea how to go about it.As you will notice, the raccoon may not remain in the true forever. It will have to move it at one time so as to get food or water. You may also use traps so as to have the raccoon relocated.
Raccoon proof the tree
Once it has been removed successfully, you need to make sure that your tree is inaccessible to it in future. Start by cutting off any branches that are hanging low. You should make sure that an adult raccoon cannot be able to reach any of the branches even if they stand with the hind legs. The reach will dependon the size of the raccoon but you should remove all entrancesthat are within some 36 inches from the ground.
You need to take measurement of the trunk. This will help you find a collar that is the correct size. You should now make the collar, a piece of sheet metal that is some 36 inches in length and 3 inches wider than the circumference of the trunk. This is what you wrap on the tree. You can paint it to match the tree.
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Hi David, I think my question qualifies as "some strange question" and given the raccoons involved don't live on my property I'm sort of at a loss for options other than constantly cleaning raccoon poop from my roof and hoping they don't find their way in my attic. If you have time I'd really appreciate your opinion and thanks either way I have found your site very useful. I have a pretty difficult raccoon related situation I was wondering if you could weigh in on it for me. I own half of a side by side duplex in a downtown neighborhood in Ottawa Ontario Canada. Unfortunately when the sellers told me the duplex neighbor was quiet they neglected to mention he was a recluse who doesn't do any work to maintain his house (or hire anyone to do so for that matter.) As such his roof went from needing replacement when I moved in to totally destroyed now two years later. I already had to have chicken wire installed all over my attic and in my soffit to prevent squirrels from entering from his poorly kept house and now a couple of days ago I found raccoon droppings next to my chimney (I was prepping some things to have my shingles replaced.) I have never heard any sounds from my chimney and I use my attic for storage so I go up there relatively often and have seen no signs of anything out of place nor are there any holes in my roof (inside we have a cinderblock firewall). My chimney is quite high off the level of the roof (about 8 feet) and has metal sheathing at the top so I think it is unlikely a raccoon could get up there (though I don't have a cap on the wood fireplace flue I've ordered one and it will be up soon.) My neighbor's roof however likely allows raccoon access to the attic and he has no metal on his chimney and his flue is dilapidated. So now I'm faced with what if anything to do to keep the raccoons away from my roof as much as possible so as to discourage them trying to visit the attic through my roof and preferably keep them from pooping on my roof. Along with the terrible condition of his half of the house my neighbor also has trees that grow too close and the trunks along with many branches physically touch his roof providing very convenient animal access year round... The Bylaw people will only force him to fix gaping obvious holes in his roof and I'm going to talk to them about the chimney but for the trees I don't think I can do anything other than sue him or illegally cut them down myself. So assuming my neighbor doesn't smarten up and I can't fix any of his problems what if anything would you suggest?
How to get a raccoon out of a tree