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Dachsie
3rd September 2014, 03:25 PM
Any suggestions for this problem?

There is some animal I think that is getting on my back deck and moving things around a making a lot of noise. It is scaring me but when I peak out the window I can't see anything.

I have seen a possom once back there but no raccoons yet around this suburban neighborhood. (I think racconns are cute and don't like idea of killing one, but possums are beady-eyed rat like rabid looking varmints that I have no sympathy for.)

I would like to set some kind of poison out there to kill them but do not want to kill my neighbors' cats that often visit. They have never gotten on my deck and made a racket and sounded like they are moving things around.

Does anyone have any suggestions.

I have noticed that when I turn on all the lights, whatever it is ceases and desists, but I always have my gun drawn just to be on the safe side in case it is a two legged critter.

Any suggestions for this problem?

osoab
3rd September 2014, 04:30 PM
Set a trap with canned cat food and see what you get.

Celtic Rogue
3rd September 2014, 04:31 PM
Nope no poison is that specific. Better to live trap them... that way if its your neighbors cat you just let it go. If its anything else... [put it in your car still in the live trap and drive far away and release it.

Dachsie
3rd September 2014, 04:50 PM
Thanks for very wise suggestions.

Do you think I can order a trap from Walmart or where would I get one?

Celtic Rogue
3rd September 2014, 04:58 PM
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Celtic Rogue
3rd September 2014, 04:59 PM
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PatColo
3rd September 2014, 06:13 PM
I have noticed that when I turn on all the lights, whatever it is ceases and desists, but I always have my gun drawn just to be on the safe side in case it is a two legged critter.

U have an outdoor porch light? Replace it with a motion detecting fixture... very cheap @ Home Depot etc. You set range & sensitivity, and whether it stays on for 1, 5, or 10 minutes after being activated. Convenient for the residents too, as when they approach their darkened house, the outdoor lights turn on. Uninvited 2 legged varmints don't like these lights though. :)

http://www.homedepot.com/s/motion+detection+lights?NCNI-5

osoab
3rd September 2014, 07:06 PM
Thanks for very wise suggestions.

Do you think I can order a trap from Walmart or where would I get one?

Any farm store will have the live traps.

Dachsie
3rd September 2014, 07:23 PM
My big town has one farm store. Will go there and get one as well as the motion detector thing.

Santa
3rd September 2014, 08:08 PM
Racoons and possums are attracted to dog and cat food and trash cans, and sometimes possums will even eat chicken feed.
Any food like that left out, or even in bins on a deck will eventually attract them.

hoarder
3rd September 2014, 08:11 PM
Ditto on the cage traps, I've trapped many that way. It's easy with sardines for bait. Less easy when you get a skunk.

Dachsie
3rd September 2014, 08:32 PM
I do not have dog or cat food on my deck but I do have a thick plastic sealed bag of bird food in an open bucket I have a tray of bird seed out there to feed the wild birds. Maybe that is it.

PatColo
3rd September 2014, 10:09 PM
Not addressed in the replies about trapping them, is the question of what to do with the living caged varmint next. Celtic's article said use gloves, and spray them down with pesticide for fleas/ticks; okay, then what? Drive them to your enemy's house 10 miles away, empty a bag of marshmallows on their front yard, and let the varmint free? Kill the varmint? how? Gunshots alarm many people in the city/burbs... Take it to the animal shelter for "euthenizing" ?

And, how do you even approach a trapped, frightened skunk?

'Coons are edible... some people in rural areas even sell them (or their meat, sellers do the skinning). I recall a thread at the old GIM where it was noted that the skinned carcasses needed to have one paw in tact, to demonstrate that it's a 'coon not a cat!

milehi
3rd September 2014, 10:22 PM
I do not have dog or cat food on my deck but I do have a thick plastic sealed bag of bird food in an open bucket I have a tray of bird seed out there to feed the wild birds. Maybe that is it.

My neighbors feed the squirrels and wonder why they have a rattlesnake problem. Another neighbor traps off leash loose cats and relocates them to the animal shelter. Me? I treat every off leash domestic offender pissing on my rims, crapping in my yard or getting in my trash to a red paintball. The scarlet letter for bad pet owners. My other neighbor uses green paintballs.

gunDriller
4th September 2014, 07:26 AM
Set a trap with canned cat food and see what you get.

I did that and what I got was a skunk.

It sprayed me on the knee.

Spectrism
4th September 2014, 09:15 AM
Lights keep them away? Maybe a two-legged coon?

If it is just little buggars, put your gun away. You are more likely to get in trouble... depending on what state you are in.

Silver Rocket Bitches!
4th September 2014, 01:17 PM
My city has traps available for catching critters. Just have to call animal control to check one out.

Dachsie
4th September 2014, 01:58 PM
Good tip. Will check that out.

I think I just have too much junk on my deck. I had to clear out the garage as I just had the interior of it professionally painted. I have vowed not to fill up the garage again so I am taking the things on my deck and giving to city junk pickup. Problem is it is difficult for this congenital pack rat to throw all this stuff away. (The charitable second hand places will no longer accept working televisions unless they are of very recent vintage.)

I think if I kept the garage empty and the deck completely cleared , my critter problem would largely resolve itself.

mick silver
28th September 2014, 10:44 AM
shot and eat . learn to eat and cook what you can today

govcheetos
28th September 2014, 12:18 PM
'Coons are edible... some people in rural areas even sell them (or their meat, sellers do the skinning). I recall a thread at the old GIM where it was noted that the skinned carcasses needed to have one paw in tact, to demonstrate that it's a 'coon not a cat!


LOL that was my post Pat, glad someone liked it.

Some good stories about the subject.

http://youtu.be/-AX9QoFhEhI

Never mind the visual on this one, has nothing to do with the story.

http://youtu.be/KN17mqYke1o