Today, the property manager and animal control removed a raccoon from a wall in the house I'm renting. I have questions about the smell, and the health of the rightful human and cat occupants of the house.
Yesterday, the property manager, on the advice of animal control, cut open a hole in the wall of our hall closet and set a trap to catch the raccoon that had taken up residence inside the wall. The raccoon
, now known as "Wally", was successfully caught in the night, but before animal control took away the critter, it relieved itself on the closet floor.
The property manager cleaned up the wood floor (the closet floor, and the path by which the raccoon was carried out of the house) and wiped it down with Lysol. After the property manager left, I was still sort of unnerved by it (I was warned that raccoon feces contains all kinds of parasites), so I cleaned it all again with Lysol (wearing gloves, as recommended by animal control).
I still have some nagging questions:
- Theres still a pretty strong smell in the closet. What can I do to get rid of it? Its bugging our cat; she tried sniffing and rolling on the floor in front of the closet and I'd like to remove whatever incentive she has to hang around that closet.
- After the cleaning I've already done, should I still be concerned about us or the cat? From the time we knew about Wally until after the second cleaning was done, we kept the cat in a bedroom away from all the excitement. She's up-to-date on her vaccinations.
Presumably theres also a mess in the attic/walls that ought to be cleaned up, but I am not at all confident that the property manager will actually do anything about it. Our lease ends in August and we're going to move, so I just need help to make this situation tolerable from now until then.