Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Raccoons, Rodents and Other Home Invaders

Hey All!!

All too often we experience home invaders that can damage our homes.  I am not talking thieves, although they may steal more than just your peace of mind.  I am talking those furry critters that somehow manage to find their way inside your home, or perhaps into your trash.  Since living in this home we have experienced, raccoons, mice, snakes, deer, opossums, and groundhogs.  Let me share a little bit with you.

You may know we have had an ongoing battle with raccoons in our home.  It started over a year ago when we heard something scratching, clawing and fighting in the ceiling of our new addition.  After some research we decided we had a raccoon problem.  Everyone recommended humane traps and relocating the cute little pests.  We caught 2 and 1 random opossum that investigated the trap.  My husband relocated them to a nice wooded area about 5 miles from our home.  Guess what? 5 miles is not far enough.  Within days we had noises above us again.  We set up the traps, but nothing seemed interested in the food in the traps, or they managed to steal it without getting caught.  Need I tell you they are reasonably crafty!!  Next thing we know they apparently decided above our bedroom was the perfect spot to raise a family.  We started hearing fighting between the siblings.

So, a friend of ours drove 2 hours and came over and inspected the roof to find out where they were getting in.  By that time we had trapped at least 3 more and had taken them on a much longer trip to find their new home.  All of this was done under the advice of our local wildlife management.  On the roof they found 2 spots where it appeared that they had torn through to gain access.  They ran to the local hardware store and picked up some sheet metal, that they used to block the raccoons entryways into the home.  Sounded good.  Two whole days of total silence....but somehow another one entered and set up house.  We caught him after about 5 days.  We think we may still have one.  We will see what happens.

On top of all this a groundhog decided to move in.  He has built many, beautiful tunnels around our backyard, many of which go under the house or outbuildings.  Unfortunately for him, he came out one day and entered an area where our Toy Aussies play.  He ended up cornered in a hollow at the base of a tree.  I never realized how mean those groundhogs can look until I saw him baring his teeth at my dog.  We managed to call Buddy off with no one getting injured and my husband tried to encourage him to come out.  He stayed in the hollow until quite a bit later that day and as far as I know has never returned. Hopefully this battle is over.


Last of all we have been dealing with the random mouse.  We have been using glue pads to catch them, but we have to make sure to place them where none of the dogs can reach them.  Have you ever tried to remove one of those sticky pads from a dogs foot or fur?  I have, and it is not fun at all.  So we try to place them out of reach, or only in rooms the dogs can not access.  We believe they are coming in from the basement, but can not locate exactly where.  Fortunately it is only one very 4-5 months.

So, what type of home invaders have you experienced? What did you do to deal with the problem? If you have any advice on how to stop ours, please leave a comment.  I am willing to try other options.  Did you hire someone to come in?  We are going forward with the humane traps and our friend is coming back to inspect the roof.  My husband is checking out the basement for ways they may be gaining access, and we are trying to seal off anywhere they may enter.  We are also trying to use deterrents like essential oils they do not like.  Hopefully all of this combined will help.  Be sure to share your information or story.  Thanks for stopping by!! See you soon!

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