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02 May 2007 @ 02:52 pm
I'm tired of racoon wrasslin'  
It's been like 2 weeks and they're still there. It's really driving me nuts. I got tired waiting for Akuma to do somthing about it. I know he's been trying. He's left like 3 calls with the critter control people and even brought out other pest guy down to do somthing about it. But the critter people that are SUPPOSED to deal with this sort of thing don't return our calls, and orkin surprised us with the large mammal identification :P They don't do that sort of thing.
So today I got fed up and just decided to call animal control. I mean, from all those shows I see on animal planet, I know they have a long pole with a looped cord on the end, and somthing like that would be perfect to pull these buggers down.

Well.. from my adventures with the coral snake in my front yard a few years ago, I knew that our dear Waco animal control was a small place with people on call and whatnot. What I didn't know is that they apparently don't have a phone number. You can't just call animal control. You have to call the police department and ask them to get animal control to call you back. (This is how it happened the first time, but I didn't call animal control right away. I freaked out and called the police because those guys seem like they know what to do with panicky people)

When animal control called me back, I told them there were 3 racoons in the roof, and they basically said TOO BAD!!!!
Waco animal control is not allowed to retreive animals from attics or under houses. I told him it WASN'T in my attic, becase I don't have an attic. He said somthing about going in houses, and I told him it wasn't like that. I suppose it is technically INSIDE the house because it is not... outside the house..
But it's not inside the living portion of the house. You don't even have to enter the house to gain entry to the raccoons. All you have to do is climb up a ladder, and put the magic pole of animal retreival inside. There's not a big space in there. You just go fishing.
He said they can't do that. So.. I have come to this conclusion:

Waco Animal Control is not allowed to climb ladders.

They said I had to go out and buy a trap and trap the animals myself, and call them to pick them up. Bunk.
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
amypeterson: Sillynessamypeterson on May 2nd, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
Get bitten, sue them ??? profit! :)
HIDE your facekyonomiko on May 3rd, 2007 06:21 am (UTC)
rabies FTL though :O
The Ten Thousand Things: No More You cakekhet_tcheba on May 2nd, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
So what, precisely, DO they do? I mean, I understand that "Animal Control" is probably the guy at the police station who drew the short straw or some old dude who doesn't realize he's retired, but why bother offering animal control at all if you're not going to help - I don't know - CONTROL ANIMALS?

fennelwinkfennelwink on May 3rd, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
Well don't know much about the product persay, but it looks promising to drive the buggers off. http://www.critter-repellent.com/raccoons/raccoons-in-my-house-shed.php

Good luck!
HIDE your facekyonomiko on May 3rd, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
We're thinking about going the havahart trap route. It's what our regular pest guy suggested as well as animal control. Of course, AFTER we catch them with one, they are more than happy to come pick the animal up...
But it'll take multiple trips for them since we'll only get them one at a time that way XP
HIDE your facekyonomiko on May 3rd, 2007 06:21 am (UTC)
Well, you know...
When I saw that coral snake in the front yard, they suggested next time I see it to catch it myself and call them. They said "Just throw a laundry basket over it, put a brick on top, and call us"
(Anonymous) on May 4th, 2007 12:26 pm (UTC)
Is the animal control the same as the Humane Society? Or look for a wild life organization to take care of them.
Grandma B
HIDE your facekyonomiko on May 4th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Racoons
Animal control is different from the humane society. I don't know that we have a chapter around here. They're making so much noise :( Right now, I just want them out. It's been a hell of a time trying to find someone that will remove them for us. First we have to get them out of the roof >..
(Anonymous) on May 4th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
Animal control
Becky, your Humane society or animal control has a web site that says they will go after racoons in residents after hours.

Read the whole site, it sure sounds like they should help you. they talk about skunks and racoons and a few others and they also tell you where to get traps.
HIDE your facekyonomiko on May 5th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
Re: Animal control
Those are the guys I called that said they can't help me. They're not allowed to lift their feet more than 1 foot off the ground. So I have to trap them myself
(Anonymous) on May 5th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Animal control
Grandpa says to put a bandaid on your finger and tell them you were bit. LOL He said maybe that would get some action. It did say in that site that you can go to the police and get a free trap. Maybe you should call the police department. Do you have a Department of Natural Resources there. Maybe they could help.
fennelwinkfennelwink on May 6th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
Just had a friend say they had a lot of luck baiting raccoon traps with apple slices dipped in peanut butter. Worked really good evidently.