Raccoons and Rats

We live downtown. And after living in Ocoee for over 12 yrs, I really like it downtown. Completely different down here. Instead of homeowner’s associations, you have neighborhood associations (in other words, no one telling you what color you can’t paint your house – just a bunch of people who get together and have block parties and help each other out).

But recently, on south Summerlin, around the corner from where I live, they tore down some really OLD apartments to make way for some new, high dollar condos. Seems to be a trend lately.

Problem is, when they tore down the condos, the whole neighborhood got a sudden influx of rats. On top of that, we already have a huge raccoon population living in this area. Considering all of the houses we have, I cannot fathom where these raccoons actually live, but they come on our back porch at night, in our driveway, cut through our yards and … yes… tear open garbage bags and strew the litter everywhere.

Recently we got those trash containers provided by the city (we had them in Ocoee for like the last 10 years) so I’m hoping this helps keep the raccoons out of our trash, but … will it keep them out of our yards?!?!

We recently had two parakeets killed by something on our back porch. At first I thought it had to have been the raccoons. Then yesterday I saw a rat the size of a small rabbit crawling across the top of our porch. He must have come from those torn down apartments. Ugh… rats.

Anyone have an idea what would kill two birds? Raccoons or rats? Keep in mind, the cage was NOT opened, only the bottom drawer (about half an inch deep) was slightly opened. I hate to kill the raccoons to get rid of them, and I’m not sure a rat trap would get rid of rodents of this unusual size (name THAT movie). Rodent extermination is not my forte. Any suggestions anyone??

3 Comments so far

  1. Rachel (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 11:22 am

    Actually my guess would be a cat – as a kid my Dad would bring home baby chickens to raise for laying eggs later, but no matter how thick the cage or how it was closed (one time we had a cage inside a cage!) our outdoor family cat always found a way to get to them. We could NEVER figure out how she did it, so we ended up keeping them in the basement.

    Good luck!

  2. Cindy (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 11:46 am

    Yes my bet would be a cat too. We have the problem with rats as I like to feed the birds and they seem to like the bird food. I found out by chance that ant poision will kill rats. The rats got into my shed and at through the bag and they died right away… so not only did I get rid of the ants, but haven’t seen a rat in a while. I love racoons so I don’t mind if they come and check out the yard.

  3. Andrea (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 1:55 pm

    Well, I just went on my porch an hour ago and found two of my three conures dead and disemboweled. I thought the third conure had done it because there were no other animals out there.

    But then I found rat droppings.
    So, there is no doubt in my mind that a rat did it. I’m not ruling out racoons, but I can vouch for rats killing birds.

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