Side Note: Hardships of Renting

I think I mentioned before that we are renting the house next door to the lot we’re building on.  Our neighborhood is heavily wooded and the rental property has over 60 trees on 1/2 acre….plus lots of shrubs (and weeds).  We’re also about 1/4 mile from a creek.  We have a fair amount of wildlife in the area even though we’re right by Love Field inside the Northwest Highway loop of Dallas. 

Long story short:  Our rental is really falling apart, and as you can see from the photos, we’ve had raccoons and a opossum in our attic.  And in true environmentally-friendly fashion, we had them caught and released by a reputable wildlife handler.  Our landlord wanted us to place poison in the attic to kill them, then expected us to dispose of the carcasses….that wasn’t going to happen. 

Our landlord’s handyman came by this past weekend to close up the hole in the attic so no more critters can visit that closely.

September 10th, 2008 8:23 am

OMG…how cute.

January 4th, 2010 4:16 pm

Who did you call? I’m by Stevens Park and am getting overrun with wildlife in both the crawlspace and the attic. I love wildlife, but PLEASE stay outside…

January 4th, 2010 6:07 pm

The company I called apparently went out of business. I was asked this same question about 2 months ago and the link I had saved no longer worked so I deleted it.

Make sure that whoever you call confirms that they’ll dispose of the animal without killing or hurting it. And that they take the animals more than 15 miles away for releasing. Apparently racoons are territorial and will return home if they aren’t taken far enough away!

Good luck!

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