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Old 05-19-2017, 01:28 PM   #16
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They are in the flue for the water heater... Any sort of potential access is actually inaccessible due to how close the furnace is to the chimney...

The babies are putting up a good fuss right now so I expect mom is getting them on their way out.
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Old 05-19-2017, 04:31 PM   #17
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Raccoons are a little advanced above humans in this respect. Mama needed a few days to locate the kids another home rather than living under a bridge. What are you going to do if they all die in the pipe?
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Old 05-19-2017, 05:11 PM   #18
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What are you going to do if they all die in the pipe?
You said it. Based on the quiet for the past few hours now I expect they are all gone. Will get up there ad place the cap back on lightly and check back tomorrow to see if its been moved.. But I expect she has moved on.
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Did you even read the SDS? If you are concerned about wildlife, and especially if there are babies, how can you not be aware that their eyesight can be irrevocably affected by Industrial Strength ammonia? Lets put you in a chimney with Industrial strength ammonia & see how you feel coughing, choking & unable to see. . . that's not very humane, it's torture.
I Dont read sds's, I CREATE them, EVERY DAY.

I KNOW ABOUT AMMONIA! aND i KNOW ABOUT SODIUM HYDROXIDE, AND HYDROCHLORIC ACID, AND GLACIAL ACETIC ACID, AND CYANIDE, AND CHLOROFORM, AND aRSENIC, AND MERCURY, AND LEAD, AND ABOUT ANOTHER 200-300 CHEMICALS. yOURE OUT OF YOUR LEaGUE HERE. The English Poet ALEXANDER POPE SAID A LITTLE LEARNING is a dangerous thing.

I didnt mean to suggest to dump a gallon down there and drown them in ammonia. Of course, one need to use common sense, squirt a bunch. The coon will hate the smell, and get the kits out, hopefully, but of course, whenever one deals with PESTS (this forum IS on pests, correct??) one takes chances. The OP should take a chance, or submit to a coon family.

You did not critisize post #5 for suggesting to "smoke them out" with smoke, which, unlike ammonia contains tiny particles of burnt debris, which clogs the alveoli in the lungs of any mammal. Ammmonia is short term, and all evaporates within minutes.

Your smug comment about my 'torture" is also pathetic and hipocritical. With so many poisons on the market at HD and other stores targeted for pests you are smug about avoiding harming/killing/"torturing" animal pests.

I bet you think Its OK to "torture" a rat with arsenic/metaldehyde poison/bait, but not cute squirrels, or cute baby coons. Theyre both mammals, and us humans have only arbitrarily deemed that its OK to torture rats/mice, but not coons, squirrels, etc etc.

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Old 05-19-2017, 08:38 PM   #20
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I don't know how you know my science background, since I have never stated it fully on DIY. Too much schooling isn't widely respected on here. Experience is.

I do not poison rats/mice, I have cats. I rather like them from a distance. The cats like them, too.

I do know that the people that wrote the old MSDS or the newer SDS write as few negative facts as they can get away with. After all they are paid to do so. I'm not sure which part of "serious eye damage" you don't understand, but this isn't the CBR. It isn't the place for grandiose self-serving statements.

The OP seems to be a reasonable man.
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Old 05-23-2017, 09:28 AM   #21
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Sorry for being a few days late, hadn't read this thread, but a contractor was demolishing a local abandoned commercial building this spring, discovered a fox den with young ones, contacted the proper authorities, and they did as papereater suggested; set some ammonia just inside the entrance to the den and the mother moved them that night. As far as I have heard, no harm done.

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