|My name is David, and I am a nuisance wildlife removal expert. This website is a resource to help educate people about wild animals,
and some of the problems that wildlife can cause. This
website contains many guides to help you solve your critter problem.
I have also written several information articles
about the most common nuisance wildlife species,
just click your animal.
Wildlife removal is not easy. It is also fraught with health and safety risks. Most wildlife control situations are significantly more
complex than they may seem. It is also illegal in most US states for non-licensed persons to trap or relocate wild animals. In,
not all, but many
cases, critter removal is not a do-it-yourself job.
|HUMANE HINTS: Sometimes you don't need to remove wildlife at all! When possible, use exclusion, rather than trapping, techniques. Always be aware that an animal in your
attic likely has a nest of babies inside. NEVER attempt to poison a mammal. Set traps in shade, and never leave an animal in a trap for more than a few hours. If you are uneducated, please enlist the help of a professional.
If you wish to hire professional help, I have complied a directory of expert
wildlife removal specialists, covering over 500 different US cities and towns. I have spent significant time talking to these companies,
and have even directly trained many of them, and believe that the companies in this directory are superior to most of the companies you
may find in your own search. Just click your state on the below map, and you will find a good wildlife expert in your area. Updated weekly, current 2017.
If you have any additional questions about your wildlife problem, feel free to email me, or go ahead and click the above map, and
talk to the person I have listed in your city or town. They will surely be able to answer your wildlife questions, and if you wish,
they can give you a price quote and quickly solve your problem - usually same-day or next-day.
I have personally trained many of the operators on this list. However, since I do list companies in over 500 US cities and towns, I
of course did not train them all. However, I have spoken with all of them, and I do know that they are all
dedicated wildlife control specialists,
not big-name pest control companies. I have listed them for many years, and have not heard any complaints about their services - but I
certainly have heard many compliments! However, if you should ever have a bad experience with any of the wildlife operators that I recommend,
let me know, so that I can talk to them and perhaps revise my listings to someone better. Just give them a call, talk to them, and see for yourself.
This month's featured wildlife removal education article:
Why do groundhogs dig?
Groundhogs are known to be the most excellent diggers; they are capable of making both simple and very complex burrows that are used for different purposes. Most burrows dug up by groundhogs are usually from two to five feet deep with a length of approximately thirty feet. These burrows usually have several entrances but in most cases you will come across two entrances leading to a single burrow. Their main entrance is usually visible in the sense that there is always a very big mound of freshly dug soil and other dirt.
The other entrance points dug are not very visible because they act as escape routes when their homes have been invaded by enemies.
Groundhogs usually use the dug burrows for sleeping, hibernating or raising their young ones. Groundhogs usually dig very large burrows that are later on partitioned to serve different purposes. Typically, you will find two main chambers; the nesting chamber whose main function is sleeping and also raising their young ones and an extreme chamber that is used as toiletry. The burrows dug by groundhogs slightly differ but they all have entrance points, a hole that is used for spying purposes, a nest for resting and another chamber that is used as a toilet.
Since groundhogs are one of the few animals that enter true hibernation, they usually dig separate burrows commonly referred to as winter burrows. They are witty animals therefore they will dig the burrows in areas that either woody or bushy. The burrows are then built below the frost line which allows the burrows to maintain constant warm temperatures during the extreme winter periods.
Groundhogs are accustomed to digging because they are diurnal animals, the burrows and dens that they build also act as homes to other small animals once they abandon them because they are usually dug deep into the ground.
Historically, groundhog burrows have led to revelation of an archeological site, as they dug burrows into the soil that brought to the surface significant artifacts that are believed to be archaeological. They are also known to have dug small ridges that have led to the introduction and important historical sites.
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