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Des Moines Iowa Raccoon Control Situation: I realized that we never did raccoon jobs together in Des Moines. Now I'm dealing with them more than any other animal. I have a few questions about this one case: A guy called, clearly price shopping. I quote all my jobs low because I want the business, experience, building of reference contacts, etc. He said that he had a raccoon in his wall. I went, and there's a hole where a dormer meets the roof. It's very difficult to get to. I have to put the ladder at 45%, flat against the roof to get to this spot. I put a cage trap on the roof by the hole, and another on the ground. The ground one caught an incidental raccoon right away. I drove there and retrieved it. I went back today, and there's a juvenile in the trap. Turns out he's got a mother with young. I removed the trap with the juvenile and took it away. I drilled a hole in the wall and inserted a twisted up napkin soaked in eviction fluid. When (if) the mother and young leave, I will have to seal the hole at the dormer, which I can already tell will be a hard job, smelly with droppings and hard to reach. I've already driven there three times, and the repair job will be a fourth. Question 1The juvenile was actually stuck in the cage and unwilling to move, but was too light to trigger the trap, which remained open. Should I have left it there in hopes that the mother would enter the trap to retrieve her young? Question 2: I'm really betting on this eviction fluid. We've used it on squirrels before, but what is your actual experience with raccoons? I used quite a bit, and it's in a small area. -They'll be able to smell it. But will it work? ...I'm worried that two days from now they guy will say, "nope, they're still scratching and crying away in there". Then I'll be out of ideas.
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