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Have you ever seen a baby raccoon scurry across your deck? It's just about the cutest thing. Raccoon babies are adorable. But where there are baby raccoons, there is a mama raccoon nearby. Now, you might be thinking, "what's the big deal?". After all, it could be fun to have some raccoons hanging around. But you need to remember that these are not domesticated pets. They are wild animals, and even the babies can bite. So, be cautious when dealing with raccoons.

There are many types of wild animals that would like to live in your home: bats, rats, mice, raccoons, skunks, etc. None of these are good to have around. With any wild animal there is always a chance of rabies or other infection. If you see an animal with the following symptoms, steer clear and call your local Animal Control department as soon as possible. Symptoms can include: walking in circles, stupor, lethargy, paralysis in one or both legs, discharge around the eyes, falling over, and random aggressiveness. If you or your family is bitten, be sure to have the animal captured, and tested. Seek medical attention immediately. Rabies is not something you ever want to leave untreated and our motto is “Better safe than sorry”.

Wild animals also carry disease on their fur and in their body. This is because they are attracted to nasty things. They will slide through bacteria, rot, garbage, and feces, as happily as your silverware drawer or food cupboard. They also leave droppings wherever they are infesting. This can make the air in your attic or basement toxic.

If you get a wild animal in your attic, garage, or basement, you'll also get damage. Raccoons will tear up insulation and chew and rip holes to make their nest. Rodents will chew on your wires and cables. Bats will cover everything with their droppings. And skunks … let's just say that the attic of a four story home is not high enough to get away from the smell of a skunk living in your basement.

If you discover any of these wild animals living in or around your home, call a pest professional to have them removed, immediately. It is not wise to remove these animals on your on. And, a professional can help you prevent future infestations.


Here are some ways you can keep those animals out

  • Keep your trash bagged and sealed in trash cans.

  • Don't leave food or drink around.

  • Check your home and garage for rotted boards.

  • Use caulking to seal up holes or gaps in your foundation.

  • Pick up clutter in the yard that is big enough for a rodent to find shade in.

  • Get rid of puddles, especially near the foundation.

  • Put wire mesh at the bottom of your downspouts.

  • Cut trees back away from the your house, so animals can't exploit weaknesses under your roof line.


All wild animals are drawn in by food and water. The less you have for them to eat and drink, the less they will want to explore the walls of your house. And get rid of clutter, like: wood piles, toys, construction material, old tires, etc. If you make your home clean, orderly, and free of refreshments, there is a better chance that wild animals will choose to stay in the wild, where they belong.

Sometimes, even if you take every possible precaution, those pesky critters can still find their way into your home. If this happens, call Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions. Our qualified inspectors will complete a free, no obligation inspection to determine the best course of action to keep uninvited guests outside where they belong.

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