How to annoy a raccoon 101
So I posted a little while back about having squirrels in the walls, and the landlord would not take care of it. We are on a month to month lease, and the guy is known for being a complete asshole, so we need to tread lightly (we are planning on moving as soon as possible, though). So I called maintenance a few weeks ago, and I was told that they are not squirrels, they are raccoons. So great, we are possibly dealing with 20 pound animals here. I have been told that maintenance is trapping them, and then when they don't catch any for a while they will seal up the hole the raccoons are getting through. Whatever - I know it's probably illegal for him to trap that, but the city doesn't care about the other illegal shit they do (buildings not being up to code, etc), so I'm just gonna leave it alone. The more and more research I do, the more I realize that raccoons will pretty much do whatever they want. If maintenance seals up the hole, and the raccoons *really* want back in, they will find a way back in. It seems like the solution, then, is to make their environment as un-friendly as possible. So, we've been doing small things. I'll pound on the ceiling when I hear them, and you can actually hear them running away, then you won't hear them for a while. They seem to be above the closet in the bedroom, too, so I take my ipod speakers, press them straight against the wall, prop it up with sweaters, then put on NIN on full blast. They don't seem to be a fan of NIN (it's a pity, though, they are decent artists). So, do any of you have experience with something like this? Do you hunt, and do you know what might piss off a raccoon? I thought about getting some fox urine tablets, and taking the dremel and putting a small hole in the wall, and dropping a few in. Is there anything else they don't like? I've heard ammonia, but I don't know how I would do that one. The landlord does not care, at all, about this house, and it's gonna be renovated for condos, so I'm not worried about holes in the walls, etc (as long as it can be covered with some spackle). I thought about calling the health department, but sadly, he is known for paying them off. He just got a whole bunch of awards, though, for "revitalizing the city" - which means he kicked his $500/mo tenants out, and made them into $240k condos. He sucks.