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A raccoon habitually comes to a Wilmington man’s swimming pool and drinks the water. And he also leaves a calling card – in the pool.
The raccoon, or Procyon lotor, can carry rabies, so self-solution isn’t at all advisable.
Instead, you might call in Critter Control, a franchise here that concentrates on trapping and removing common animals that can be a nuisance but also can do considerable damage to your home.
Ben Mitchell will come to your home, trap the animal and remove it to a safer place – even back onto the owner’s property if desired. By law, however, the raccoon must be destroyed, because of its rabies affliction, he said.
Among Critter Control’s furry, burrowing and slithering quarry are opossums, snakes, deer, foxes, groundhogs, skunks, moles, birds, bats, and rats and mice. (Some people don’t want to harm even these vermin, he said. The are moved.)
“I am licensed by the state through the Wildlife Resources Commission,” Mitchell said. “We are considered wildlife damage control agents.”
If you call him with a squirrel problem, for instance, “what we’ll do is set up an appointment and, for $189, do a thorough inspection, looking for entry and exit holes, trying to determine what the animal is, and what holes and repairs you need,” he said.
“In that inspection, we will set the traps” for seven to 10 days, to (get it out of the) home, or capture it alive” without the traps.
Critter Control, however, does not do major repairs.
“If the damage is significant enough,” Mitchell said, “you would have to contact your insurance company.”
Credits: By Wayne Faulkner - Star News Online