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The Lake County Florida Nuisance Animal Organization

Gotha

Our procedure “Rodent Proofing” is often misinterpreted by homeowners whose attics are infested with rodents. Pest control companies and specialty animal removal companies remove rodents from the attic. While it is rare for pest control companies to include the service of sealing the roof openings, it is more common for specialty companies to do so. To effectively eliminate rodent entry, roofing shingles, tile and/or metal roof covering must be removed.

Do Skunks Burrow Underground?


Fort Mason

Raccoons are known to find their way into our Lake County, Florida homes, garages, barns, and porch spaces; however, do we really know how vulnerable our house is to such intrusion? How do you determine your home's level of exposure? Read on to learn ways to inspect and animal proof your house from raccoon invasion this winter season.

Interior Home Inspections

To begin assessing how open your home is to the wild animal community, particularly raccoons, it is crucial to inspect the inside and outside of your house. Look for weak spots and pay close attention to dark, warm areas. These are ideal shelter spots for raccoons. Indoors, try starting in your basement. If you do not have a basement, turn to your utility room, crawl space, or garage as an option in its place.

Animal Proofing Your Home

Once an inspection has been completed, it is important to move onto animal proofing your home right away. The areas that were labeled weak, exposed, and open should be sealed immediately. By closing off the areas of access, you can stop further intrusion. It is very crucial to have all existing raccoons removed from your home with the help of a professional company before sealing off these access points.

  • Squirrel Pest Control

  • How Much is a Bat Exclusion?

  • What Kind of Damage Do Bats Cause?

Squirrels Chewing on Woodwork


Goldenrod

Raccoons pose a problem to residents of urban areas in Lake County, Florida. They have adapted perfectly in the urban setting and are now considered to be pests. Removing such an animal has become popular since these mammals find shelter near or inside our houses.

Attics and chimneys are the best place for these critters to make a house out of, while it will be overturning garbage cans, taking pet food from kitchens and fruits from trees, making a ruckus with household animals (e.g. dogs, cats), a raccoon could always be transmitting rabies. Due to all the above reasons, home owners generally don't like having them around. People who are unfortunate enough to have raccoons in their homes need to take some necessary steps to get rid of them without angering animal rights advocates.

There are many ways to enforce raccoon removal. It is up to you to decide which one is the best. Be sure to select a method that is somewhat humane. Their removal doesn't necessarily mean that the animals must be harmed.

  • Types of Skunks

  • Raccoon Removal & Control

  • What Are Health Concerns Related to Bats?

Skunk Repellents


Conway

Raccoons have no manners! They're slobs and the one staring at me didn't seem to really care about the niceties of eating. Bits of dry cat food were soaking up water from where it had been sloshed out of the water bowl. The bag of food I'd laid on a table was now torn open and about 10 pounds of cat chow was strewn across the floor.

This particular raccoon had come in through the pet door into the garage and was happily eating leftovers from my cat Spike's dinner bowl. He obviously had no fear of me, because he kept eating as I walked over to the work bench. Even though he appeared to half tamed, I was trying to keep a little distance between me and the raccoon.

Spike has a bed in the garage, in the house and on the deck. Whenever and wherever the mood strikes him to take a nap, he's not very far from a comfortable pillow. He has become adjusted to seeing raccoons and possums enter his garage at all hours of the night. Tonight he was sleeping on the bed that used to be my work bench before he took it over. He was now peering over the side of the cardboard box that was his bed, at the raccoon that was making a mess of his eating area.

I may have to try trapping the animal, but that didn't work out very well last year. I used a gage-like trap that is supposed to close the entry way into the cage when the animal tries to eat the canned cat food in the back of the cage. It's very humane. Of the five raccoons we had last year, none were caught. I did catch Spike...twice. I've never accused him of being smart!

If you have a 'possum get into your house, the best thing to do is to put a can of cat food just outside the door and let the animal go to the food. Then slam the door shut! They may scare you by hissing and snarling, but that's just their defensive mechanism. It's sort of scary when they bare their fifty teeth, but more than likely if you back away, they'll never hurt you. One good thing about confrontations with a 'possum is that they hardly ever get rabies.

I really hope they'll leave soon. Spike and I would like to get our garage back.

  • Raccoons In Chimneys

  • Raccoon in Chimney - if You've Got One in Your Chimney or Fireplace

  • How to Repel Squirrels From Attics