Raccoons! How I humanely evicted..

wendy2shoesApril 6, 2013

I'm in southern Ontario, a couple of blocks from a creek, and Lake Ontario. We have messy fishermen who leave salmon guts etc., so even though we keep our own garbage secure, the raccoons love our neighbourhood. My hubby was away (go figure), and a female raccoon pried down soffit (split level) and got in. She had pups. I could hear them overhead in the spare bedroom. One quick look with a flashlight up in our attic hatch confirmed it. We tried the boombox, strobe lights, but what made her take her babies and run was a sound. Hubs downloaded a sound generator onto his iphone, and a tone around 6000-8000 khz made the pups chirp loudly when he held it up in the attic. We plugged it into the iphone/ipod dock on the boom box, cranked up the volume, and she was gone overnight, with all her pups! We did the right thing and taped paper over the hole and monitored it for two days..no activity so it's now boarded over until we can make a prettier repair. Just thought you might want to know.

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brickeyee

There is no shortage of racoons.

Peanut butter and rat poison.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 2:49PM
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wendy2shoes

She was trap savvy. Caught an opossum attempting to catch her, so, we had to be innovative.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 10:26PM
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tinan

brickeye, there is no shortage of humans, either.

wendy2shoes, great job!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 12:26AM
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brickeyee

"there is no shortage of humans, either. "

But murdering them is a crime, and killing animals that are destroying your house is not.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 12:26PM
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geoffrey_b

Hey Brickeyee... to go along with that peanut butter a nice dish of anti-freeze - they love that sweet stuff.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 1:20PM
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ionized_gw

Individual urban raccoons have remarkably restricted territory. I don't know how long it takes others to move in after another is removed, but it might be worth a try to reduce the local population. I trapped 5 in a live trap baited with kitty kibble doped with fish sauce. I was trying to nab feral cats after a neighbor moved out and left a half-dozen cats behind. My local animal control loans traps. I called them and told them that there is something wrong with their cat trap.

Raccoons and possum are both pretty destructive nuisances in urban landscapes. The feral cats are no fun either and I consider them to be a worse problem since they are the only known predator of native songbirds on our map.

This is a remarkable study of urban raccoons. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/category/episodes/by-animal/raccoons/

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 2:25PM
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bus_driver

A raccoon can be one of the most vicious creatures imaginable under certain circumstances. Their willingness to engage in combat exposes them to rabies quite often.
So they pose a double danger to humans. Distance is a protection.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 5:03PM
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energy_rater_la

so.... any ideas on the way to stop the armadillo that digs for grub
worms in my yard...humanely. I'm not going to shoot it.

last night he had a very busy night.
my back yard looks like someone set off land
mines.

btw...how long do those son of a guns live?
this is the same one...I've seen for the past
6 years. HUGE. the small one that lived under
my Mom's place moved on after I put wire fencing
around the house. but the one that digs in my
yard...he is a smart critter for sure!.

this is also the start of the.same spring/summer issue with my dog who thinks snakes are the play with. I've put a lot of time into clearing out things...but he roams the
woods on either side of me.
Y'all would have laughed at me chasing my dog around
the yard with a dead garter snake, trying to teach him
to leave them alone.
vet said he is probably a repeat offender!
so far this spring I've found & released 4 baby garter snakes..
last summer my dog got bitten 3 times. first two were
garter snakes...but the third one..I didn't get a look at.
but at 10 pm we were at the emergency vet.
took 2 weeks for the swelling in his throat to go back
to normal. looked like he had a goiter!

kudos to you wendy.
rat poison & antifreeze
are painful deaths. takes a cold heart to
do that IMO.

I don't like killing.

btw has anyone watched billy the exterminator
on a&e? I've watched a few episodes on hulu.
he takes the critters & releases them, or puts them
in facilities for wild life. one episode he was trying to
catch a bobcat & got an armadillo instead.
unfortunatley before the got there it died.
hot humid Louisiana...he took it home to his
pet cemetary, buried it & put a marker with the
name he gave it. gotta like a guy with a heart.
and a goth guy at that!!

no problem with racoons here...guess they have
easier places to nest than my house.
I'd hate for my dogs to come across a mother
with babies. they did get..or thought they got
a possum..but she was playing dead. I got
the dogs inside & told her to take her babies
away from my yard....& she did. when I went
back outside a half an hour later...no possum!

I hope more people will show some mercy for
animals. we are all God's creatures.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 10:15PM
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wendy2shoes

Thank goodness we don't have armadillos in Canada (yet). Possums came up about 30 years ago. Skunks dig up the lawns for grubs here. The only thing I can suggest is get rid of the grubs. If you could get a flock of starlings to 'come on down', that would work, but people around here use nemotodes. They are a small parasite that you spread on your lawn, they hatch, and kill grubs. Local garden centres sell them in the spring.
I told the mama raccoon to leave as well, except I used my best Burton Cummings voice from "American Woman"..."you know you gotta leave...you know you gotta go..Bye bye..Bye bye"

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 11:50AM
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southerncanuck

Serve them eviction papers, if they don't leave see Judge Judy. Seriously the only trick that we have used successfully is the strobe light at night.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 2:05PM
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tinan

Look, someone posted here with useful information for those who do not believe in poisoning living creatures. She was NOT looking for your advice, since she was successful in removing the raccoons from her home. You all seem very delighted with the idea of poisoning animals - as if you think it's fun.

Poison is a cruel death and can result in non-terget animals being harmed directly or indirectly through secondary poisoning.

The wildlife was here first, we keep building homes in their habitat, and then act affronted when they attempt to continue living.

Some humans think it is OK to just decimate all other animals to make room for ourselves as we sprawl all ver the countryside with our pavement, pollution and buildings. Some of us prefer to NOT harm other animals, so why bring your unwelcome remarks here?

Also in case you didn't notice the OP said there were babies. So if you jerks were to poison the mother, she would die and leave the babies to starve to death (slowly) in the attic - not only inhumane, but very very smelly to have rotten dead babies up there.

This post was edited by tinan on Thu, Apr 11, 13 at 23:25

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 11:22PM
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ionized_gw

What is a "non-target animal" in this case?

"...we keep building homes in their habitat"

In fact, we generate habitat for many species. This would probably include urban raccoon populations since they are so successful in that environment compared to undeveloped wilderness.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 2:59PM
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silvamae

Hi people. I'm visiting from the stained glass and mosaic forum. I successfully rid our attic of raccoons and want to pass it on. I needed a humane way to do it and I didn't want to fool with trapping and releasing. (Even if I was okay with poison, which I'm not, then we would have to deal with dead bodies, smell, etc.) Our attic is huge with many places to hide and some inaccessible to us. Here's what we did.

We bought four packages of tennis balls and a jug of ammonia. We filled the packages with ammonia and let them soak for about 30 minutes. Then we tossed the tennis balls into the inaccessible areas of the attic. The rest of the ammonia we placed in open containers. We set up a radio, tuned to AM talk stations, loud enough to be annoying.

After two days we climbed back up there and sprinkled flour all over the floor using a kitchen strainer. The next day we went back up and checked for footprints in the flour (there were none).

It's important to make them leave asap. They mate in January and once they have their babies in the spring, it might get more complicated.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 3:07PM
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