*Next strata meeting is Wednesday, September 26th 2012 @ 7pm in the Magnolia Clubhouse.
*Want to join the strata? Contact us for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Would you like to share your landscaping ideas? We have a new email address just for the Magnolia Landscaping:
Magnolia 3rd Annual Block Party will be on Sunday, August 26 from 1-5pm. It will
be set up outside Unit 43. There will be a list on the mailboxes, please write down what you will be able to bring for food and how many people will be joining us :)
See you all there!!
* The clubhouse has had its interior painted, join us for a strata meeting or Mom's Social Night to check it out.
* A number of gates have been repaired. Please contact strata if yours is still needing maintenance.
Remember that racoons are our neighbours too and they can be very BRAVE!
So a few racoon tips:
1. Seal garbage cans tight. Raccoons have opposable thumbs, and can remove any loose or broken lids. The best garbage cans have lids that lock into place with handles or clamps. If necessary, keep garbage cans inside a secure building.
2. Don't feed them. If you have pets, feed them during the day and don't leave their food or water dishes outside, which the raccoons are likely to use at night. In some cases, raccoons have even fought cats and dogs for their meals.
3. Control access. Blocking off access is the best raccoon deterrent for your home itself. Inspect your house thoroughly to find any holes or crevices where raccoons may enter; they can get through surprisingly small spaces. This includes chimneys, attic vents, and the seams along roofs and baseboards. Block any spaces with sheet metal or heavy screening.
4. Scare tactics don't work. Banging pots and pans may be a temporary raccoon deterrent, but they are persistent little critters, and will come back long after you've given up. Water-sprayer raccoon deterrents are also widely available: they hook to your hose and use a motion detector to scare off raccoons. They will work for as long as it takes the raccoons to find a way around them.
5. Although there are no approved repellents, toxicants, or fumigants for raccoon problems, some chemical raccoon deterrents are commercially available. These include mixtures of coyote urine and other natural repellants. Also, some research shows that moth balls may keep raccoons out of enclosed spaces in the house.
6. Watch out for raccoons that are active during the day, move erratically, or aren't afraid of humans. They may have rabies. If you suspect there is a rabid raccoon on your property, call your local wildlife control.