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Philadelphia Pennsylvania Raccoon Control Situation: Hi David, First, thank you for all of the great information on your website. I have a raccoon in my house & am really not sure how to deal with it -- your website has been very helpful. My house is currently under construction (we are renting an apartment while the house is being remodeled). For a week a racoon has been nesting in the house -- it appears to be sleeping in the upstairs crawlspaces & using the downstairs bedroom as a lavatory. My local Philadelphia AAA Animal Control will come to the house to trap the animal, but they do not offer clean-up & sanitation services after the removal. On your website you offer Attic Decontamination as a service. Do you have another location near Philadelphia to help us with this crucial part of the problem? If you no longer provide this service at any of your locations, can you please recommend a company who can help? I am really concerned about the health risks of living with this waste, as well as the possibility of other animals being attracted by the odors. You said once before that you aim to get both the litter AND the mom in the attic. I've never done this. Getting the mom would be very difficult in nearly all the situations I face. It's always the same old thing: I go into the attic, find and grab (or snare) the pups, throw them in a bucket, and the mom is just lurking down in the soffit. Lower a snare pole down there (and it's hard to reach as it is), and she just scoots over. Within a few seconds, she runs through the soffit and out the exit hole, and she's gone. I've never once had a good shot at snaring a mom in the attic. How do you do it? Sometimes the coon with get in the corner on the pups and stand her ground. I'll go in with the 7-12' noose and get her. The big noose makes it easy to reach the soffit. Other times if shes agressive and moving a lot. I'll leave the attic right away and screw a safegard universal trap over the exit hole then i go back in after her and when she goes to leave she runs into the trap. See picture. We had a job last Friday where the coon would not stay still. Back and forth in the soffit. We used a board to funnel her to one side (kept sticking the board down in the soffit) and once we had here confined to about 5 feet of soffit Mike (my partner) noosed here as she ran by in the soffit. It could also be that our coons are different up here. I know that our coons are much bigger than yours. I have been getting a lot of sick animals lately Rabies is wiping out our coons. We did our first cleanout/re-insulation last week too. Went well.Thank you for your time, Jean
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