Met with John from Critter Control yesterday afternoon so that we could free ourselves from a raccoon problem. He laughed a bit when he got out of his truck because he's been here so often he knows our schedule as well as the property. He is very knowledgeable about the habits of any non domestic animal which could take up residence in or around your house and he's able to bound up roof lines like no one I've ever seen.
He did a complete study of the roof and soffiting as well as the yard and underside of the deck and front porch. Thankfully he did not believe a raccoon had gotten into the soffiting or under the roof and into the attic, but he did recommend listening at night to see if any rustling might be heard in the attic because raccoons can easily slide down the attic vent on the roof. He is going to cover the opening of ours. I told him we had a big hole under a rose bush in the back yard and that Ferdie has been very interested in that hole. Ferdie led him right to it and after looking at it, John said it was definitely a groundhog hole but that other animals, including raccoons will take over holes like that. And he found raccoon droppings under our deck which led him to believe that there were two sizes, one of an adult and smaller piles indicating a young animal.
He ended up setting up 4 traps, one under the deck, one just outside the deck, and one on each side of the front porch. His bait which went in the trap and around the outside of the trap consisted of mini marshmallows, cat food, dog food and splatters of canned tuna. Needless to say when I saw that I put Ferdie in the house. Unfortunately our next door neighbors' cat was out and very interested in that buffet and it wasn't until we were about to leave that the neighbor showed up and I was able to warn him that the cat might be trapped if he didn't get in the house.
So we'll see what happens. Hopefully something has been caught overnight. The Critter Control people will check the traps every day and leave a note in a cardboard tube letting us know what if anything had been caught. John asked me how many animals we wanted caught! I told him, "All of them"!
As we were about to drive off our other next door neighbor came home from work and asked what was going on. After telling him, he told me he thinks a deer has gotten into his backyard and is eating his elephant ear plants and knocking over his birdbath. Frankly, I just can't get into dealing with anymore animals!