Raccoons under deck

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Ground entry points for raccoons: Decks , Sheds, hot tubs.

A good way to find  Raccoon entry points is to take a  walk around the outside of your house looking closely at where the house meets the ground. Are any of the vent covers Damaged or removed ?  Have any doors been left Ajar particularly the basement or rarely used garage door?  Is there missing or muddy siding?  Are you seeing any digging, dirty spots, or loose boards or lattice? Any of these signs can point you to a possible entry point on ground level.  You should do an inspection like this During the spring and fall at minimum. Doing such an inspection a few days after a fresh snowfall is also a great way to find an active den, thou the animals living there normally may be stuck at another den site for the time being.

Raccoons are a creature of habit, they tend to get into somewhat of a routine. Raccoons will have a latrine site close to where they are living.  Raccoon latrines are dangerous and precaution should be taken when working around them. The Raccoon page talks more about this. Raccoon trails are easy to spot on clean surfaces the muddy foot prints are easy to identify.

Below is a series of pictures taken in Connecticut showing a raccoon latrine and trail leading onto a deck.  The home owner informed me that a woodchuck was living under the deck.  My original call to this site was because the house smelled like skunk.  Skunks have taken up residence with the hibernating wood chuck. I have captured five skunks from under this deck,  job is ongoing at this time.  I believe that raccoon may be in the same woodchuck den, yet the breeding skunks spraying inside the den may have forced the raccoons to remove themselves for the time being.

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Raccoons Climbing onto a deck

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broken sideing, muddy trial up to deck from raccoons

 

Skunks and snow

It is that time of year again, Skunk breeding season is in full swing in CT. Our first Nuisance complaints started Valentines day. The typical call is for the skunk spraying under the house. Many of the people noticed the trails leading under the deck or house in the snow, but waited. We get the call after the home owners wake up in the middle of the night eyes burning, difficulty breathing from the potent spray. The skunk smell can linger for weeks or months.Skunk Control CT

Skunks will hold up for a few days when the weather gets bad, but they do not hibernate like groundhogs.  Storms like the blizzard we have just experienced do not hinder the skunks much. Now is a good time to walk around your property looking for trails in the snow. Skunks trails will always lead to a hole of some sort.  Skunks will move under sheds, crawl spaces and decks. Do not make the mistake in assuming that a woodchuck is the only resident under your shed. I find many times skunks living in the same hole as a woodchuck.

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A skunks entrance under a porch in CT. Home owner tried moth balls before calling.

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Skunks do not need a lot of room to get under something, they may look big but that is mostly fur. Spaces under three inches high and four inches wide is more than enough room for a skunk to fit. 

Bird feeders are a favorite source of food for the skunks this time of year especially. Raccoons will also visit bird feeders for an easy meal.  Skunks will have multiple den sites normally, and will visit them regularly in our area I find the time between visits average seven to eight days.  I am happy to answer any questions just use the contact form or give me a call.