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Chicago Illinois Raccoon Control Situation: Hello David, I am a resident of a senior mobile home park in Chicago. I recently hired Robert from Super Plus Animal Control who spent several days and eviction methods to rid a raccoon(s) from under my mobile. The animal trapped was a nursing mother and was released back under my home. Coyote and male raccoon urine was placed around and underneath, to no avail. Robert said he could do no more to help me. I have had to leave a section of skirting removed where the mother has ripped it off repeatedly. My mobile is old and the skirting is flimsy and ill fitting, hence the ease of entry for the mother. Since then, about 16 days ago, I have been hearing loud squealing, not chirping or purring sounds....more like distress sounds at long intervals throughout the day and night...maybe coming from babies? This, plus the thumping, banging, scraping from one end of my mobile to the other has me sleepless and concerned that perhaps an animal is caught in the wires underneath or that I may go nuts, whichever comes first. There is a problem throughout the park with the many generations of raccoons that call it home. Some of the residents have been known to feed them and the rest of us are paying the price. Can you suggest anything more that I can do? I have read the Humane Society's article which states that being patient until young animals can leave is the best, but I am becoming more and more concerned that there is a bad situation and getting worse. Tonight, there was a frighteningly loud scuffle of some sort that awakened me and probably my neighbors also. I'd appreciate an e-mail or phone call if you could take the time to do so. Sylvia
Hello - First, I don't know if the raccoon is still in my attic. I heard the animal one time 2 weeks ago - driving my collie nuts - and I turned on the attic light and blew the alarm horn in the attic. I heard a lot of scurrying, but have not heard a single peep from my attic sense. The reason I know it was a raccoon, I went into my attic the next day and saw a couple of prints on the dust on my vent pipes. I have gone into the attic a number of times since and spayed a foul smelling deer repellent - but I have yet to see any other signs - no feces, no sounds, no other signs. I leave the attic light on continuously and I have bolted down my trashcan lid - previously, they were in my trashcan all the time. At the time I heard the scratching, I called Chicago pest control but they want a lot of money to trap the animal, seal the fascia vent screens where the raccoon entered and a long-term contract. I am looking for a more reasonable answer. I'd like your honest opinion as an animal trapper about raccoons and removal - maybe an inspection of the area first to see if Ms. Raccoon is still in the attic and staying extremely quiet. Thanks, Lori
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