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Cleveland Ohio Raccoon Control Situation: Hi David, I hope you don't mind my addressing you by your first name, but I didn't see your last name anywhere on your website. Perhaps I should say Mr. David. In any case, I live in Cleveland Ohio, and I'm writing to ask a few questions and get some advice concerning "nuisance" raccoons in my attic. First of all, let me tell you that I was very impressed with your website. It's very straightforward and I love the photos.
Here is my situation. We've had critters scurrying around our yard and roof for as long as I can remember. It's never really been a problem, at least not to me, but I'm pretty biased animal sap. I'm an animal keeper aka zookeeper by trade. Besides, no real damage or bother ever occurred. We started hearing noises in the walls and ceilings quite some time ago. We thought it was rats or squirrels at first. The noises were sporadic and not very loud. We figured it had to be something small because we really don't have an attic. Whatever it was had to be small enough to crawl in what little space there is between the ceiling and the roof. And our upstairs rooms have slanted ceilings! Anyway, to make a long story short, the noises got louder...like WWIII in the middle of the night! And then we realized that it wasn't just one....it was a whole clan! Then came the true realization of the problem....I actually saw a raccoon scurrying into a hole up near the roof of the house. Worse yet, my husband then saw a branch, leaves and all, being pulled into the same hole a couple days later! It's beginning to not be so funny anymore.
The real problem is that I live in an old A-frame house that is in major need of repair around the roof and soffits. I'm sure there are many entry points besides the one we know of for sure. The quandary is that if I had money, I wouldn't have a home in need of repair, and I wouldn't be in this position. I've worked with raccoons and even trained them (see the Pocahontas show out at Disney's Animal Kingdom), so I really have a soft spot. I would rather not see them killed if at all possible. I've trapped stray cats before and had them fixed, so I'm wondering, would I be kidding myself to think I can trap these raccoons and relocate them? I have friends who have lots of land and maybe they would let me release them there. I know it's your job and you are the expert, but I fear this might cost more than I can chew right now. Now there is access to the "crawl space" via a couple of holes inside the house (I told you it's an old house in need of repair) so this might help defray some cost if I did hire you...maybe. So anyway, is this something I could possibly do? Would I need a license? I hope you will not be offended in my asking these questions. It is not my intention. I know you are a professional, and I totally respect what you do. I'm just broke, but in desperate need of some help. Any help you can provide will be appreciated, and I most likely will end up using your services anyways. Thank you in advance. Aracelis
If you wish to learn more, click on the How to Get Rid of Raccoons in the Attic home page. For raccoon control in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, call us at 440-527-6300, and ask to talk about raccoons in the attic in Cleveland, OH.