Trapper Vic Reporting Live From Laguna Niguel

I get a call about a dead animal in the basement. Most homes in Orange County are built on a slab.

So initially when I read this on the work order I assumed maybe the attic. I get to the home and I put on my gear, grab a flashlight and what do you know? They actually have a basement.

The odor was very strong in the basement but I didn’t find anything. I grab my ladder and go in the attic-nothing. There is no crawl space so I’m thinking maybe in the wall. I do an exterior inspection of the home and find no entry points so it doesn’t really make sense to me.

I go back in the basement and I noticed that I overlooked a trash bag. I get closer and open it up. Bingo! Probably a 35 lb. bag of raw meat that has been there for weeks without refrigeration. The customers pay me the minimum inspection fee and I literally run out of there. The woman of the household was very upset at her husband and son (as she should be). So I jetted out of there because I am too, a male. I know better than to stick around. Another close one!

Until next time,

Trapper Vic

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Trapper Vic Reporting Live From Long Beach

There’s an opossum in a shed in Long Beach. No problem. The customer was frantic and too scared to show me where the animal was and just sort of pointed in the direction of the shed. Judging by his actions I was sure that there was a snake wrapped around a lion in there. After he runs inside and watches from his window, I approach the shed. I hear some activity in there and I’m certain it’s a wild animal. I open the door and the cutest kitten I’ve ever seen was in there. The customer ran out embarrassed and poked his head in the shed looking for something that didn’t exist. It happens all the time. I took the kitten to a no-kill shelter and they contacted me to tell me that the kitten has already been adopted. This one definitely had a good ending!

Until next time,

Trapper Vic

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Trapper Vic Reporting Live From Van Nuys!

I’m headed to Van Nuys for what seems to be a dead animal in the crawl space. I talk to the customer and he says that it is under the pool house and there is a spacious crawl space. Ok, no problem.

I arrive and he takes me to the back yard where you can definitely smell it. But this is no pool house. It’s under the framing of a spa. Not a whole lot of space under there. He points out where the spa serviceman had left an access panel uncovered. Definitely where the animal got in. A lot of times animals are able to squeeze their way into a space and unfortunately, unable to find their way out. Sadly, this usually results in a dead animal.

After going around the spa I find an area where I’m able to stick my snare in and try to grab the carcass. Bullseye! Pull the animal out, treat the area where it died to kill any bacteria and dissipate the odor as soon as possible. I tell the customer to get the spa serviceman out to cover the access hole so it wouldn’t happen again. He asked me if I could do it. So I went to the hardware store and picked up some wood (same wood and stain as the spa). All of us technicians carry all of the tools we need because you never know what’s going to happen on any given day at any given time. I cut the wood down to size, screw in some hinges and even make him a latch. Very happy, the customer offered me a beer and tipped me!

Not to bad… I love Van Nuys!

Until next time,

Trapper Vic
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Trapper Vic Reporting Live From Laguna Niguel

Someone Bail Me Out!!!

So I go to my feral cat job that I’d set up a day or two ago remove a trapped cat. Only at cat jobs will I lock the traps. Either to a tree or fence or something like that. And this is why. We are a humane company and we love the animals. I understand that there are animal lovers. Dogs, raccoons, even skunks and snakes. But nothing comes close to cat lovers.

When I arrive at my customers house she’s outside with several people. Her next door neighbor is there and is yelling at the top of her lungs that the cat trapped is hers. My customer and her husband are shouting back at her that it is a feral cat that is destroying their lawn. I try to separate them and tell them that if it doesn’t have a collar on that I’m supposed to take it. The neighbor would not let me.

After about thirty minutes of arguing I tell the neighbor if that’s your cat, prove it. She walks up to the cage and puts her hand next to it and nothing happens. Usually with feral cats they hiss at whoever is there and it’s nasty. So my customer agrees to let it go with the neighbor. I release the cat and the neighbor bends down to pick it up and gets clawed in the face. The cat runs away and now my customer is upset that she didn’t have me remove it. In the midst of all of this, the neighbor is still insisting that it was an accident and the cat got aggressive because of my trap. Can’t win ’em all…

Until next time,

Trapper Vic

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Trapper Vic Reporting Live From Los Angeles!

I get a call from the office saying that I have to pick up a pitbull. I’ve been lucky at pitbull jobs so far but they’re always scary. The office told me the pitbull was 60 – 80 lbs. and at a residence. I touched base with the customer and set up an ETA.

Once I arrived my heart started pumping. It always does with a pitbull. I knock on the door and for some reason it was very quiet. Usually with an animal removal everyone is up, excited and watching my every move. They tell me that it’s in the basement.

I go in there cautiously and approach a dead pitbull. What? I go back upstairs and the man of the house says “yeah it’s dead.” “They didn’t tell you that?” Wow. So with his help I load it in the truck and I’m on my way. I will definitely let one of those office guys know not to scare me like that…. Lucky me, though…

Until next time,

Trapper Vic

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Trapper Vic Reporting Live From Huntington Beach!

So I go to a job that I’ve already set up a few days prior. This particular job had skunks under the house. Something we handle every day of the week. I get a call in the morning that they caught a skunk and that I need to pick it up. No problem.

Except I didn’t have a tarp. Our traps are exposed and we usually transfer skunks to a skunk box to limit spray coverage. In that transfer we approach the skunk in the “open trap” with a tarp and then put the skunk into the skunk box. So without a trap – I’m screwed. I was going back and forth for twenty minutes thinking how I could do this. I could go to a hardware store to get one.

Natural Febreeze

I put it in the GPS and the closest one was 45 minutes out of the way. I didn’t have and hour and a half so I just did it. Approached the skunk (it did spray me), put it in the box and drove off stinking like a skunk just covered me. Note to self – Don’t ever forget your tarp…

 

 

Until next time,

Trapper Vic

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Trapper Vic Reporting Live From Santa Monica

I go out to a condo in Santa Monica where our customer has been dealing with a pesky opossum. The opossum is under the deck and very accessible. I went under there and couldn’t get to the spot where the animal was hiding. I try to setup traps and the customer tells me that they don’t work.

What you lookin' at WILLIS?!

He said he had a trap and has been unsuccessful in a couple of months at catching the animal. I try to explain why my method would work and he disagrees. I tell him that if I don’t catch the animal in 3 nights that I won’t charge him. He showed me his trap and it wasn’t as good as the traps that we use. He told me he baited the traps with hot dogs. I have a lot of confidence now because I know that my traps, bait and trap placement is better than what our customer is using.

So I set a couple of traps and left confident. I go about my normal day after this job and by the time I get into the San Pedro he calls me and tells me that the opossum was trapped. He couldn’t believe it. So I turned around and picked up the animal and the traps, scheduled the repair for the following day and he was all set.. There are many things that I do not know, but I know how to trap animals.

Until next time,

Trapper Vic

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Trapper Vic Reporting Live From Burbank!

I get a call about a squirrel who jumped in an open window and is now running amok in the living room. I tell the customer that I’m on the way and I’ll be there as soon as I can.

When I arrive the squirrel looks like he’s waging war against this family and their household. Squirrel on one side of the room and the family on the other. I try to explain to the family that the squirrel is probably scared and they should move on to the next room and let me do my job. They go off into the next room and I grab my net. It is improbable to snare a squirrel in an open area so that’s why I opted for the net. After about 20 minutes I’m getting tired of chasing this squirrel back and forth so I go to grab a broom to chase it out of the front door that I left open. When I return from grabbing the broom, it’s gone. I let the family back in the room and tell them I flushed it out.

They couldn’t see me from the other room and I felt that I did have something to do with the animal leaving. So unless they read this I’m still a hero… Every job is unique…

Until next time,

Trapper Vic

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Trapper Vic Reporting Live From Los Angeles!

So I receive a call about a mother pitbull under a house. I talk briefly with the customer and she says there’s a pitbull running around her yard. She also says that she thinks that the pitbull is a mother and her litter has passed under the house.

I grab a coyote trap and head out there. I go under and she’s right. There is a mother pitbull under there and a litter that has passed and naturally, the mother is guarding it. The crawl space has plenty of room upon entering, but tapers off as you go in deeper getting very tight. When we go in, the pitbull goes deep where it’s tight so we’re able to remove the litter. Phase 1: complete.

Now to try and remove the pitbull live with a snare. Once I get to the back she starts to growl and I’m not going to lie, I was extremely frightened. We were able  to get the snare around her neck and front legs. Now for the hard part. Pulling an adult pitbull our of a crawl space from laying on our bellies (I did bring help). Impossible. I’m a pretty big guy and so is my partner but there is absolutely no way that we could’ve pulled her out. After about 30 minutes we give up on that and try to get out of the crawl space unscathed. Once we’re out and putting the crawl space hatch back on, she violently approaches and barks. Close call.

We end up setting the coyote trap and baiting it. We caught it the same night. Off to pick up the animal, take it to an adoption center and do animal proofing repairs on the house so it doesn’t happen again. Whew! That was a close one…

Until next time,

Trapper Vic

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Trapper Vic Reporting Live From Van Nuys!

I’m headed to Van Nuys for what seems to be a dead animal in the crawl space. I talk to the customer and he says that it is under the pool house and there is a spacious crawl space. Ok, no problem.

I arrive and he takes me to the back yard where you can definitely smell it. But this is no pool house. It’s under the framing of a spa. Not a whole lot of space under there. He points out where the spa serviceman had left an access panel uncovered. Definitely where the animal got in.

A lot of times animals are able to squeeze their way into a space and unfortunately, unable to find their way out. Sadly, this usually results in a dead animal.  After going around the spa I find an area where I’m able to stick my snare in and try to grab the carcass.

Bullseye! Pull the animal out, treat the area where it died to kill any bacteria and dissipate the odor as soon as possible. I tell the customer to get the spa serviceman out to cover the access hole so it wouldn’t happen again. He asked me if I could do it. So I went to the hardware store and picked up some wood (same wood and stain as the spa).

All of us technicians carry all of the tools we need because you never know what’s going to happen on any given day at any given time. I cut the wood down to size, screw in some hinges and even make him a latch. Very happy, the customer offered me a beer and tipped me! Not to bad… I love Van Nuys!

Until next week,

Trapper Vic

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