Rabies Still A Danger In Connecticut, But Rates Stay Relatively Low
Small, Occasional Outbreaks Of Disease Among Wildlife Common, Health Officials Say
February 26, 2012|By KIM VELSEY, firstname.lastname@example.org, The Hartford Courant
Although the first few months of 2012 have been marked by a smattering of rabies cases around the state, including a notable incident in Enfield when a resident was forced to fend off a rabid raccoon with a stick, public health officials say that the confirmed cases — 19 so far — are well within normal fluctuations.
Rabies, a viral infection of the nervous system, is transmitted through animal bites or the saliva of an infected animal. In the early stages, it can be effectively treated with a series of vaccines. Enfield had one confirmed case of animal rabies in 2011 and none in 2010. Nearby Windsor Locks had two confirmed cases in 2012 and none in 2011 and 2010.
taken from http://articles.courant.com/2012-02-26/news/hc-rabies-trends-0227-20120223_1_rabies-cases-rabies-spread-contact-with-wild-animals
I found this while browsing the local news. I have been confronted many times by sick animals. Raccoons and skunks are the most common animals we deal with that are obviously sick. The signs of rabies can be easily confused with other illness. A “friendly” raccoon can be a rabid raccoon. I cannot stress this enough do not approach, or feed a wild raccoon. Things can go wrong very quickly with a raccoon. I would prefer to grab a full grown Coyote than grab a raccoon. Raccoons are able to pretty much turn in their skin. It seems that you can grab a raccoon by the back of the neck, and he can spin around and grab you in less than a second.
RF Wildlife recently responded to a call in Essex CT the home owner had a squirrel running around the living room. We chased out the squirrel that was hiding under the armchair. Upon further inspection we noticed the door to the attic ajar. The squirrel had a nest in the corner of the attic. Bat droppings or guano was also found in the attic. A squirrel chewed a hole in the louver vent and screen allowing access for the bats also. After making sure no other squirrels were still in the home we removed the nest. We then installed a one way door device (bat cone) over the hole and seal the rest of the vent with hardware cloth.
- closer view of wire chewed by squirrels
Wiring had been chewed by the squirrels causing a fire hazard. Even though this homeowner lived in a well maintained home squirrels do not discriminate. If you are hearing noises in your attic , please do not hesitate, call a professional. Animals can and will cause major damage once they have access into your home.
It all starts with a call. What was described to me on this call I was convinced that this would be a bat or squirrel job. When I arrived on the job I did a preliminary walk around the house. I noticed some vent damage which could be from gray squirrels, raccoons, opossums. I am still thinking possible gray squirrels, or bats let in by previous gray squirrels.
This is a attic vent damaged by raccoons.
I head up into the attic by the time I got near the vent pictured I start hearing young raccoons. At this point I leave the attic, I did not want to spook the mother raccoon to move her young into an inaccessible area of the attic.
I then head to the roof and get a closer look at the attic vent. Install a positive set trap (trap that is unbaitted that forces the animal into the trap in order to leave the attic)
Closer look at attic Vent damaged by raccoons
The next day my client calls me telling me we have caught mother raccoon on the roof. I was already in rout being that the forecast called for temps in the upper 80s.
I removed the mother and then went inside the attic to retrieve the young. I retrieved the first within 10minutes of being in the attic. I searched the attic and could not locate anymore young. I was convinced their were more young and instructed the home owner to listen out that night. The next morning I get the call that they did hear another raccoon. I went into the attic and made some raccoon calls. The next of the young showed himself. I retrieved him and did another search of the attic. No more raccoons were found or heard from. I sealed off all the attic vents completing the job.
Raccoon trap set for mother raccoon
Mother raccoon waiting in trap the next day.
Baby raccoon found in attic CT
Bat guano in CT attic
If you are in your attic and you notice a pile of droppings like the one pictured above you most likely have bats. It is very easy to tell if the droppings are that of a bat or rodent such as flying squirrels. Bat droppings will turn to powder if they are pressed on. Squirrel droppings will smear if fresh or be hard if older. If the bat droppings are examined closely you will notice bits of insect exoskeleton in them. If you spot a pile look up that is where the bats are roosting, or the entrance exit point is located. Caution do not assume that if you do not see bats, that it is OK to ciel up the hole you may have found. Bats have a very good sense of hearing, and may have hidden under the insulation or behind of wall when detecting you entering the attic. Even as a professional bat control expert many times I do not locate the bats themselves. They are very fast even when crawling.
I have personally witnessed the aftermath of home owner bat removals that have gone wrong. A trapped bat will follow air currents in an attempt to escape. Often these currants will bring the trapped bat into the living quarters of the home. One home ended having 15 bats flying around the living room. The other possibility with a misguided bat removal is dead bats, and depending on the size of the colony the smell is horrible. Imagine letting ten pounds of meat rot inside your walls.
Bat removals and exclusions are best left to professional wildlife control companies. A recent trend is pest control companies getting into bat removals. Pest control (bugs experts) are not the same as Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators. Pest control companies tend to treat bats the same as they do insect control. This is a huge mistake, bat removals take a lot longer to do, and very close attention to detail must be used. I am not telling you that you have to use us for your bat infestation. I am just warning you that wildlife control companies are the true experts in this field.
Raccoon removal from public bathroom CT
This raccoon was removed from a public bathroom today. He decided to pull open a skylight and fall through a screen, effectively trapping himself in a locked bathroom. A worker went into the bathroom and had a close encounter with this raccoon. Apparently the raccoon acted aggressively to the employee, then climbed a wall into a small attic space. The space was much to tight to employ a catch-pole. Luckily I had a Comstock cage trap on the truck. I installed the trap and the raccoon was removed the next morning. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jim Comstock for is innovative trap design, this trap was installed upside down on a ceiling.