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Old 06-21-2013, 03:05 PM   #31
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I had a similar problem a few years ago, and an animal control officer I knew suggested the amonia trick. Worked like a charm. Also, for what is it worth, here in Ohio, if you trap a raccoon you have to either kill it or release it on site. It's against the law to transport it anywhere to release it. The concern is the spread of disease.
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I've bombed the chimney with ammonia soaked face cloths (strings attached to help reomve later).
The Raccoon must be wearing a gas mask!

He's still there.


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The risk of nesting materials or feces in your chimney is those materials igniting into flames. With some creosote in the chimney, you get a chimney fire which can spread into a house fire.

How many years have you gone without a chimney cleaning/inspection ?

Now would be a good time. And yes, most of them will install a animal resistant cap if you want them to perform that work.
I just got the house.
It came with the Raccoon, no additional charge
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:22 PM   #33
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I just got the house.
Another great reason to have it professionally inspected and cleaned.

And no, just because you may have had a home inspection, it does not mean that the inspector looked at the interior of the chimney.
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. Be mindful of razor sharp claws and teeth.
What traps are you referring to? Razor sharp? What brand of manufacturer sells steel traps with jaws which have been sharpened like a razor? And teeth have been outlawed on steel traps for decades in most states.

No trapper would ever want a razor edge on the jaws if trapping raccoon for fur. The force of the jaws would immediately slice the paw allowing the coon to run away. The saying is "there is no profit in catching feet".
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Thanks,

I've bombed the chimney with ammonia soaked face cloths (strings attached to help reomve later).
The Raccoon must be wearing a gas mask!

He's still there.
You are probably not using the correct strength of ammonium hydroxide. Did you buy grocery store grade? Too weak. Go to Ace hardware, and ask for industrial strength ammonium hydroxide (ammonia). It is about 10-11%. While that sounds "weak", I assure you you will be knocked off your feet if you take a wiff. Pour that into a spray pump and spray a rifle stream up into the chimney while using a carbon/charcoal mask!

. Try that. Also, you can pour some into a wide pan and prop it up into chimney somehow, then plastic tape off the face of the fireplace well!! Repeat over and over, and the coon should go away.
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You are probably not using the correct strength of ammonium hydroxide. Did you buy grocery store grade? Too weak. Go to Ace hardware, and ask for industrial strength ammonium hydroxide (ammonia). It is about 10-11%. While that sounds "weak", I assure you you will be knocked off your feet if you take a wiff. Pour that into a spray pump and spray a rifle stream up into the chimney while using a carbon/charcoal mask!

. Try that. Also, you can pour some into a wide pan and prop it up into chimney somehow, then plastic tape off the face of the fireplace well!! Repeat over and over, and the coon should go away.
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That Raccoon must have a gas mask!!!
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I just got the house.
It came with the Raccoon, no additional charge
There's city peeps who have to PAY big money to see wildlife at the zoo or wildlife park, and travel some distance to get there, but you get the views and experience right there in the comfort of your home, and for free too

Best take a read of my previous post with the information on what to do/not do.
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Won't your local Animal Control person come out? They do stuff like this all the time and they normally work for your county or city or township.
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Won't your local Animal Control person come out? They do stuff like this all the time and they normally work for your county or city or township.
Not for this.
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The pest control company came & installed a chimney (flue) trap yesterday.
The Tech said he couldn't see the Raccoon, it's about 30' to the fireplace damper.
I wouldn't let him spray an irritant to rouse the Raccoon (probably wouldn't have worked anyway, since he sleeps with a gas mask).

The trap has not been tripped as of this morning.

Maybe, I don't have a Raccoon in the chimney after all.

Maybe it's Wiley Coyote!
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You did the rite thing. A mother raccoon is nothing to mess with. They will attack.
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Hopefully the beast has moved only to look forward to tearing apart your trash bins. If it was a squirrel or something? A squirrel tore apart the car wiring of my Godparents to the tune of $4K once. They had parked the car outside while I was doing some work for them and storing lumber in stuff in the garage. The breed was brought to beautify the University of Illinois campus. They have no real predators and are so cute until they turn pest they just multiply.

I do think for reasons beyond the animal in the chimney and given this is a new house? And especially if you plan to use the fireplace, call a chimney sweep. I always advised clients to do so annually. If there is leftover animal nest material in your chimney, you probably do not want to bring hot sparks near it?

"But they are expensive!" And yes I guess good ones can be but they are much, much cheaper than a chimney originated house fire.

And of course let us get back to the fact the critter probably got in because of a missing chimney cap. Pay the money and buy a good one. A chimney sweep or mason can be helpful in your choice. An orange apron box store employee will have no idea of what your are asking about.

One final piece of good news. Critters are habitual and they pass what they learn generationally---even dumb as rocks squirrels. If you had problems with one and it found a comfy place? It will be back with friends when it turns colder again.


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