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Will the city or county animal services help me with a rodent issue?

If you have a problem with rodents in your house, then you are probably looking for every available option to assist you in getting them removed. It doesn’t matter whether you are talking about a raccoon or a group of mice, these animals are pests that can do a lot of damage to your home and who make an enormous mess everywhere they go. This can be a nuisance as well as a serious health risk and so it makes sense to do all you can to try to find a means to get rid of them.



Many people hold that their local city or county animal services department will assist them in getting rid of rodents. They often help with wildlife, such as bears, lions, and wolves, and so the hope is that they will assist you in getting rid of your raccoon, possum, skunk, or other rodent that has gotten into your home. The question is, will the city or county animal services actually help you with your rodent issue? Sadly, the answer for the most part is no.

Because these animals are so common and they pose minimal risk in terms of attacking large groups of people, your local animal services will not help you. If they went out to help every person who has an issue with a raccoon or squirrel than they would spend 24 hours a day, seven days a week performing this task alone. The fact of the matter is that rodents like this get into people’s homes all the time, and so it is really up to you to figure out how to get rid of them. There are means that you can use to exclude these animals from your home, or you can hire a professional to do so. You truly are not helpless in the situation to get rid of them.

However, there is one instance where you can count on this department to assist you. If you have a rodent that is clearly ill in some way then they are likely to assist you because of the potential health risk this animal may pose.

For example, many raccoons carry the rabies virus. When you see a raccoon that looks completely disoriented, is foaming at the mouth, has glazed over eyes, and is acting quite aggressively then it is a good possibility that this rodent has rabies. To let it roam the neighborhood attacking people and pets would be dangerous to the community, so the animal services department is likely to come out and assist you in capturing this animal to prevent any risk to the community.

If you feel like there is an animal like this in your neighborhood or in your home, then contact them to let them know of your concern. If they find that what you are saying is accurate then they will most certainly send somebody out to handle the problem for you. Otherwise, you are simply on your own. Read more: Rat Control, Get Rats Out of the Attic, Rat Trapping, Rats in the Ceiling, Rat Feces.


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