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Here are examples of emails of cheap, but bad, jobs that I've received from some website users. Please bear in mind that doing a bad job in the first place will cost you more in the end.
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I just found your website and was impressed, and wanted to ask your advice about a problem we've been having in our apartment in New Jersey. What looks like a family of raccoons has moved into our drop-down ceiling. Our apartment is on the top floor of a four storey brownstone. The raccoons are making a terrible racket night and day. So far we've had our pest company come in and set poison and lay a trap with cat food on the roof. The first two nights, they ate the food but the trap wasn't set off, and last night (having tied the food to the back of the cage so they couldn't drag it forward), they didn't even touch it. Our landlord tells us that the state animal control people won't deal with raccoons, so we're using some private exterminators who so far haven't inspired much confidence. They weren't able to find the entry point, and the traps aren't working. I am not optimistic about solving the problem and am thinking we might have to move out when our lease runs out at the end of next month. Is this an overreaction? What do you think we should be doing? How serious a problem do you think this is? I'd appreciate any thoughts you had.
I wrote back to this person, and found out that he'd hired a company who normally does pest control - cockroaches, termites, etc. Their price was cheap, an $89 service fee to set up the trap, plus $49 for each raccoon removed, but they clearly didn't know what they were doing. I told Joe that he needed to hire a wildlife removal professional who could find the raccoon babies and cut open the ceiling or wall and remove them, a real wildlife pro who could listen and feel for the warm spot where the babies lie, then remove them and use them as live bait to trap and remove the female raccoon. Most professionals that do the job correctly (not just throw a trap on the roof baited with cat food!!!) will charge significantly more than the price charged by the exterminator company, but they will do the job correctly, and prevent the raccoons from causing damage in the attic (contamination, tearing ductwork and wires, etc.) that is far more expensive than removal costs.
I followed up with this woman, and found out that she did hire the trapper on my site, who did charge more than $329, but he was able to properly remove the animals - it was in fact a raccoon, and as usual, there were baby raccoons - and fix the entry holes and clean up the raccoon waste in the attic. The company that she hired for $329 was a pest control firm who normally only traps small animals like rats, and was not equipped to handle larger wildlife.