NY1 For You: SI Residents Seek Help Ridding Their Home Of Raccoon Family
A raccoon and her babies have moved into the Staten Island home of several renters, who want the unwelcome guests out. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.
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Residents of a Staten Island home have an unwelcome guest in their home, a raccoon whom they say has moved in with family in tow.
"You can hear the babies screaming in the middle of the night," said renter Bernadette Reid-Collins. "Two, three o'clock in the morning."
"The sounds is like babies screaming and other things," said renter Luz Rivera.
Tenants say the raccoon and its babies not only keep them up at night but also use their ceiling as a toilet.
The raccoon has been coming in through the chimney and crawling around the attic with its babies for the past two months, according to the tired tenants.
"They need to pay rent at this point," Reid-Collins said.
The renters say at first their landlord refused to believe there were raccoons in the roof. Then, after some persuading, they sent a pest control professional to set relocation traps, to no effect.
After the renters called NY1, the station called management for the building. They told us they're now working with two pest control professionals who are on the case every night in response to our call.
NY1 will continue to follow this story.