The Lake County Florida Nuisance Animal Organization
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.
Raccoons In Chimneys
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.
Dead Raccoon Removal
What Does Raccoon Feces Look Like?
Squirrels Removal From Chimnies
Bat Removal and Prevention
If you've had raccoons living in your attic, it's a good idea to have the attic cleaned. Raccoons leave their waste behind when they inhabit an attic. Sometimes there's a specific raccoon latrine, and most of the poop is piled up in one spot. Sometimes it's spread out all over the attic. Same goes for urine as well. Sometimes it's concentrated in an area, sometimes spread all over the place. The poop is easy to pick up and remove, as in the above photo, because the droppings are large. But the urine soaks into the insulation or even the sheetrock (drywall) or wood in the attic. And not all feces or urine will be accessible to remove by hand. That's when it's important to clean up and properly fog the attic to eliminate the odor and potential unsanitary conditions.
Squirrel Trapping Services
If There is a Raccoon in My Attic, How Likely is It to Come Down into My Home?
How Much is a Bat Exclusion?
Squirrel Damage Repair
Did you know raccoons are the major source of rabies in Lake County, Florida.? If you are infested, raccoon removal is vital. Over the last 30 years, rabies has been on the rise in this animal and other forms of wildlife.
If you've got this problem, there are three basic things you can do.
A - Acquire information. It's vital you educate yourself on how this animal likes to eat and live in order to have an effective raccoon removal. Their favorite habitat is a hardwood forest near plenty of water. But, if tantalized by food sources, they can be found around barns, abandoned buildings, and even your home.
They're easily identified by the well-known "mask" around their eyes and rings around their tail. Each weighs between 10 and 30 pounds and can grow to a length of 2 to 3 feet. Generally, the colors of gray, white, black, and sometimes yellow cover their heavy fur.
One of the most important things you can do to prevent raccoons from infesting your property is to keep all outside garbage concealed in an airtight container every day. Raccoons love gardens and if you are constantly having trouble with them, you may want to consider removing their food source - your vegetables!
Ridding your property of these curious creatures can be a challenge. This is why it's crucial you call the experts to do the job. You'll be so glad you did.
Squirrel Trapping Services
What Kind of Damage Do Bats Cause?
Do Skunks Attack Pets?