Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Raccoon Update

We heard from our raccoon sometime again this weekend (now I'm all fuzzy on which day), but it was much more muffled and sort of half-hearted. We thought maybe it was the death rattle, since the thing is wounded and has had no food or water for several days (at least, as far as we know). But he was back with renewed vigor on Monday night, chewing and scratching louder than ever before. One of Aaron's co-workers loaned us a live trap big enough for a raccoon, as Animal Control still has not contacted us, and we baited it last night, but to no avail. No chewing, no clawing--no attic noises at all--and no raccoon in the trap. We're not quite sure what this means. Is it dead? Is it alive? Only time will tell! Stay tuned to this blog for the exciting conclusion of the Raccoon Adventures!


hoesayfina said...

I have no idea how to help myself, so i did a quick search and found the following information: Thought it might help.

Raccoons may live around humans, but they do not like humans. The sound of a human voice is known to drive away raccoons. Place a radio, set to a talk radio station, in the vicinity of their nest. It doesn't have to be loud, start with a low volume level. If it doesn't get results, try increasing the volume. Leave the radio on day and night.
Raccoons prefer dark places for their nests. If you can light up your attic or crawlspace, this will disturb the raccoons, possibly enough to make them move out.
Raccoons are clean animals, in fact they often wash their food before eating. Because of this habit, they do not foul their nests. Ammonia, a chemical found in urine, is an offensive odor for raccoons. Soak rags in ammonia and place them as near to their nest as safely possible. You may also want to place soaked rags near all possible entrances.


Chris and i have used leaving the tv and lights on to keep our rat friend away. That of course was prior to actually having to get rid of him altogether.

Anonymous said...

I feel sorry for him! Poor thing.