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Raccoons and squirrels

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Updated: 6/05/2003 12:45 pm
They're cute, they're furry and they're fun to watch. But raccoons and squirrels can be dangerous nuisances if they move into your home. They can scurry up drainpipes and enter attics through unsecured vents. Once there, they can chew through electrical wiring, requiring extensive repairs. They can also carry diseases, or bring fleas and ticks into your home. Their droppings can breed bacteria and cause major odor problems. The best solution is to keep them out in the first place. Protective coverings should be placed over all openings to attics and basements. Leftover pet foods may attract them, and should be removed immediately after feeding. Once a squirrel or raccoon has taken up residence, however, the most humane solution is to trap it and release it in a wilderness area far away. For this, a trained pest control specialist should be used. Those cute, furry creatures are still wild animals, and may bite when cornered, with a great risk of transmitting disease. A professional pest control expert should be able to provide the right traps and baits to remove the animal quickly and safely.

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