Come and get your Critter Ridder!
This is the battle cry from Councilmember Vince Gentile (D–Bay Ridge), who has again started handing out supplies of “Critter Ridder,” a humane raccoon repellant, “to all residents who are experiencing unwanted visits from raccoons.”
Gentile’s constituents quickly exhausted an earlier supply of the repellant after The Brooklyn Paper mentioned its availability at the Councilman’s office. But the lawmaker bought another supply — this time larger — to ensure that the neighborhood not get caught flat-footed this summer.
“Raccoons took us by surprise last year,” said Gentile spokesman Eric Kuo, who will dole out the “Critter Ridder.”
“This year, we are prepared with an impressive arsenal, but we need people to come down and grab themselves a bottle.”
The “arsenal” consists of 60 bottles, each with a 30-day supply of the “humane, safe, non-toxic” spray, which is made by the Lititz, Pennsylvania-based Havahart Company.
As reported in The Brooklyn Paper, the garbage-eaters have been popping up in a broad belt stretching from Cobble Hill to Prospect Park and down to Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights.
The cuddly (looking) critters are considered wildlife and cannot just be killed (like rats and mice) unless they are obviously rabid (in such cases, they’ll be walking around like drunks, experts said).
Call (718) 748-5200 to pick up your raccoon repellant.