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What Attracts Squirrels to Your House

Attracts Squirrels

For many years, homeowners in Los Angeles discover they are sharing their home with squirrels. They also unravel that the animals have been there for quite some time. If you are wondering what attracts squirrels to your house, how to remove them and why you should prevent them, you are at the right place.

What Attracts Squirrels? 

Various things attract squirrels to your home. However, the foremost thing that draws these opportunistic creatures is food. If you are making food readily available and accessible to them, then get ready for other animals joining the party soon. Also, holes, crevices, and cracks in your home attract them.

Why Remove Squirrels in Your House? 

Damage Wiring and Insulation 

Squirrels belong to the rodent family. Their incisor teeth are growing, so they cut and grind hard objects such as wood and plastic. They do not leave insulation and wiring untouched, putting you and your loved ones at risk. You will also incur unnecessary repair expenses.

Stench and Stains 

Squirrels urinate and defecate in your attic creating bad smells. Also, their urine and droppings stain floors. You may have to dig into your pocket to clean them. Some squirrels get stuck or trapped in walls and die to leave awful smells.

Health Risks 

Decomposing animals are serious health hazards. Moreover, studies show that squirrel droppings and urine causes salmonella infections. To add salt to injury, squirrels themselves carry some transmittable diseases.

What Shows You Have Squirrels in Your House?

  • Strange noises in your attic or scratching sounds in the chimney
  • Squirrel droppings resembling those of bats
  • Damage done around their entry points, mostly spotted during an inspection
  • Interior damages in your attic
  • Chewed and ripped shingles
  • Strange, foul odors
  • Damages on walls and ceilings

What Are Some Squirrel Removal Techniques? 

There are many ways to humanely get rid of squirrels, including:

  • Using pets, especially dogs to scare them away
  • Fencing or netting
  • Use humane traps
  • Catch the squirrel using the blanket approach
  • Contact animal experts

Now that you know what attracts squirrels to your house, it is prudent to remove them humanely. Contact service providers to help you.

How to Tell If a Raccoon Has Rabies

Behavioral Changes

At least one person in the world dies every day as a result of rabies. This lethal viral disease is carried by skunks, bats, and raccoons. However, raccoons are one of the most widespread carriers of this disease in the U.S. Petting or feeding a rabid raccoon may put you and your entire family at risk of contracting the deadly disease.

The more worrying thing is that rabies can’t be diagnosed in raccoons unless the raccoon’s brain is carefully examined. Being able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a potentially rabid raccoon can save you from contracting rabies. Here are some signals that indicate a raccoon has rabies.

Behavioral Changes

Raccoons usually contract rabies when they are exposed to the saliva of an already infected animal. Once the virus gets into the body of the raccoon, it attacks the central nervous system before it spreads to the other parts of the brain and the saliva glands.

The virus also affects motor, cognitive, and other body functions. Behavioral change is one of earliest signs of rabies in raccoons. Acting in a way that is contrary to the norm is an indication of rabies. These changes include being too aggressive with livestock, dogs, cats, and other animals. Sometimes, the raccoon may also appear to be more friendly and easy to tame.

The Raccoon Looks Confused and Slow

When you notice that the raccoon is walking in circles and its movements seem to have no purpose, then it’s a clear sign that a raccoon has rabies. A healthy raccoon always stays alert and does things purposefully.

They Start Making Strange Noises

As the rabies infection in the raccoon progresses, the raccoon will start producing strange sounds. These sounds may include screeching, high-pitched peeping, and chattering. The raccoon may also produce hissing sounds, and it becomes aggressive and more defensive even when it’s not provoked.

Other Signs a Raccoon May Have Rabies

  • The animal may look partially paralyzed and walks unstably.
  • The raccoon seems “drunk.”
  • The fur on the face will appear tangled.

Are you tired of raccoons disturbing your pets and destroying your yard in Los Angeles? Contact Animal Capture Wildlife Control today for efficient raccoon removal.

Rat Removal From Your Home

Rat Removal

Rats in your home can be a nuisance, but they are often much more than that. Rat infestations can lead to other serious problems, such as disease or destruction of property. The Center for Disease Control lists numerous diseases carried and transmitted by rats. These include: Leptospirosis, Rat-Bite Fever, Salmonellosis, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome, Lassa Fever, and even Plague! Many people think Plague was wiped out long ago, but a number of cases still occur in this country each year. Rat removal is essential for good hygiene.

Also, while rats are not a staple for many larger predators, those such as mountain lions or coyotes are opportunistic hunters, and they will eat them to survive when necessary. A rat infestation can attract these predators and lead to further wildlife problems.

How do you know if your house is infested by rats? Here are some common signs: gnaw marks, droppings, tracks or trails, nests of shredded paper or other materials, foul odors, or agitation of cats, dogs, or other larger pets. Unexplained rustling sounds at night are another possible sign. Action needs to be taken when any of these occur, but rodents seen during the daytime can be especially concerning, indicating the possibility the infestation has grown larger. The gnawing of rats can cause much damage.

For all these reasons, the safest and wisest course when dealing with wildlife infestations is to call the professionals. We are also experts in the removal of any larger wildlife creatures attracted to your house by these rats. If you live in Los Angeles or a surrounding area and become aware of the need for rodent control, contact Animal Capture Wildlife Control. We will rid your home of unwanted wildlife in a rapid, safe, and humane manner.

Bobcat Removal Tips

Bobcat in Backyard

A bobcat is a medium-sized wild cat — weighing between 15-40 pounds — that’s becoming increasingly common in the United States. Bobcats are naturally shy animals, which is why sightings are rare in urban areas. Unless rabid, bobcats are highly unlikely to attack a human, but they are attracted to food sources, including small domestic animals, rodents, wild bird scraps and pet food.

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Snakes in Southern California

Snakes in Southern California

If a snake is in your home, you should know one thing: Do not move it. Doing so would be an unnecessary risk. Snake removal should be handled by animal control experts. San Diego Gopher Snakes, California King Snakes, California Lyresnakes, Coast Mountain Kingsnakes, Southern Pacific Rattlesnakes — these are some of the snakes you might find in Southern California. Two of these snakes are venomous, whereas three are not. Do you know which ones are harmful to humans?

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Dead Animal Odor Removal

Dead Animal Odor Removal

Smells from dead animals could drive you out of the house. And the residue left by a dead animal could be hazardous to your health. If you hear or see signs of a live animal in the house, contact Animal

Capture Wildlife Control to remove it before it dies. Additional hazards after an animal dies include maggots, flies, and other bugs that could be carrying disease, including any disease the animal itself might be carrying.

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How Bats Prepare for the Winter

Bat Removal Services

California is home to over 27 bat species that occupy any habitat that isn’t under water. Given that December is Southern California’s coldest month, the bats have to devise survival mechanisms, too.

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Making Sure Your Trash Cans Are Cleaned Up This Holiday Season


The holidays are quickly approaching. There will be family gatherings, a rainbow of leaves on the ground, backyard football, and of course food, lots of food. With this increase of food comes an increase of leftovers and old food that eventually gets thrown out, creating a smorgasbord for critters, such as raccoons, who love to invade our trash cans for their own Thanksgiving feast. While seen as cute and innocent, raccoons who have become accustomed to being fed or feeding from human trash cans sometimes become aggressive, not to mention the numerous parasites and diseases they carry. It is paramount to remember that safety comes first for you, your family, and the animal.

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Effective Mouse Trap Placement

Effective Mouse Trap Placement

Of all the pests, varmints and rodents that can plague a human habitation in Los Angeles or nearly anywhere else, the quick and clever mouse is probably the most ubiquitous, prolific, annoying and potentially harmful of them all. Once mice have moved in, they can be hard to get rid of on your own, and often the best solution is to call a professional animal removal service. However, with a little knowledge, patience and perseverance, effective mouse removable is possible.

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What To Do When A Coyote Is On Your Property

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Animal Capture
Coyote Removal Los Angeles

Coyotes are common in the suburbs of Los Angeles where there are abundant food sources, such as trash cans, dumpsters, rodents, and pet dogs. As natural predators, these wild animals are a threat to small dogs and children. They are big enough to jump over fences and open windows, but small enough to fit through doggy doors. Although coyotes are timid creatures, they can be chased away or deterred. But if you see one on or near your property, it’s time to give Animal Capture Wildlife Control a call.

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