Part of Arcadia's beauty comes from our close proximity to the foothills, an area that is abundant with wildlife. It is important to be aware of how to interact with animals such as bears, coyotes, raccoons, mountain lions, skunks, snakes, and peacocks. Wildlife poses little threat to humans as they have a natural fear of people and are not comfortable in unnatural surroundings. However, with a significant water shortage, animals are getting braver about coming down into residential neighborhoods.
If you are being threatened by a wild animal, call 911 or the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5151. The Arcadia Police Department works with the Department of Fish and Game in mutually supportive efforts to address local issues and problems. For information about living with wildlife, please visit the California Department of Fish and Game website at wildlife.ca.gov/Keep-Me-Wild
Often bears emerge in residential neighborhoods in search of food and water. Bears have keen noses and can smell from miles away. To protect your family and property, follow these simple tips:
- Purchase and properly use a bear-proof garbage container. The City of Arcadia offers 95-gallon bear resistant carts to residents. For more information, visit ArcadiaCA.gov/TrashandRecycling.
- Wait to put trash out until the morning of collection day.
- Don’t leave trash, groceries, or animal feed in your car.
- Keep barbeque grills clean and stored in a garage or shed when not in use.
- Only provide bird feeders during November through March, and make them inaccessible to bears.
- Don’t leave any scented products outside, even non-food items such as suntan lotion, insect repellent, soap, or candles.
- Keep doors and windows closed and locked.
- Consider installing motion-detector alarms or motion-activated sprinklers.
- Harvest fruit off trees as soon as the fruit is ripe, and promptly collect fruit that has fallen.
- Securely block access to potential hibernation sites such as crawl spaces under decks and buildings. This can be done by sealing all openings with caulking, foam insulation, or wood. Make sure to continuously monitor the exterior of your home for new possible points of entry.
In the event of immediate danger from any type of wildlife, please do not hesitate to call the Arcadia Police Department at 792-7151 or 911 in an emergency. The Pasadena Humane Society Wild Animal Resources - Pasadena Humane and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Bear Hunting (ca.gov) are mutual partners in the effort to control animal related incidents within the City.
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Mosquitoes need only a small amount of stagnant water such as the standing water that can be found in dog bowls, planters, bird baths, tires, dirty swimming pools, etc. to reproduce. It is vital to eliminate any standing water on your property. Containers should be drained and cleaned weekly. This is the most effective method of managing mosquitoes in Southern California.
- Apply mosquito repellent to exposed skin when outdoors.
- Wear long sleeves and long pants when spending time outdoors.
- Make sure windows and doors have tight-fitting, intact screens.
Tips to Keep Wildlife Off Your Property and Out of Your Neighborhood
- Do not ever feed wild animals or leave food out for them to eat. Dispose of garbage in secure containers and do not leave trash, pet food, water or food waste in accessible areas.
- Do not leave small children outside unsupervised.
- Do not leave cats and small dogs outside unattended; they are prey to coyotes.
- Do not touch or pet the animal.
- If you are composting, use securely enclosed compost bins and do not dispose of meat, dairy or egg products in compost.
- Keep barbeque grills clean and free of drippings.
- If you have fruit trees, pick fruit as soon as it is ripe and remove any fallen fruit from the ground.
- Reduce the use of bird feeders. Clean up seed that has fallen to the ground.
- Clear bushes and/or weeds close to your home where animals might seek cover. Place obstacles so coyotes can’t use them to climb over fences.
- Spay or neuter your dogs.
- Consider installing motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
- Wait to place your trash cans at the curb until the day of pick-up. Store garbage cans in a garage or closed shed.
- Frequently wash garbage cans and recycle containers and lids with a strong smelling disinfectant such as
ammonia or a bleach solution, or use a heavy-duty pine-scented cleaner. Eliminate odors by double- bagging smelly garbage.
- Put meat scraps in the freezer until trash day.
- Do not get between a mother and her young.
The crawl space under your house is the most appealing area to wildlife. Secure all ground-level access points. Inspect the base of your home for ripped screens, holes or missing boards. Make all necessary repairs. Since persistent animals may rip through screens, you may want to reinforce the area with lattice or wood planks.
Cover any window wells at the base of your home. Because they usually drop down a foot or more, skunks may fall in and will be unable to get themselves out. To avoid a potentially stinky situation, try covering the area with planks of wood or a grate.
Open space under a deck is perfect for a wild animal looking to set up a nursery. Building a lattice or chicken wire boundary is the best way to exclude wildlife from under your deck.
Raccoons are the most common culprits that tear up roofs to get into the attic. To minimize their access to your rooftop, trim tree branches away from the side of your house and remove ivy and trellises. You can attach sheet metal two feet wide to the corners of the house if you suspect the animal is climbing the walls to get to the rooftop.
Animals will get into your chimney both purposefully and accidentally. By installing a chimney cap, you can prevent raccoons and squirrels from establishing residence and keep birds from falling down the chimney. Available at most hardware stores, chimney caps keep animals out and allow you to use the fireplace below.