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Wildlife Education - A Directory of Qualified Wildlife Removal Professionals

Wildlife Animal Control

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 2018.

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: Is it Safe to Handle an Opossum with Bare Hands?

Opossums are not harmful animals, yet they might get defensive if they feel threatened. Even so, it is not safe to handle an opossum with bare hands. If you need to catch an opossum without using a special trap for it, you are highly recommended to wear thick gloves and keep it away from you.

How to Catch an Opossum without Traps
Whether you want to catch an opossum quickly and you donít have any traps, or you just want to catch it without a trap because you feel courageous about doing it, you still need to know a few things before trying to catch it by hands. Although opossums arenít aggressive animals, they might still try to defend themselves if they feel threatened Ė which they would very likely feel if you try to catch them. However, it is also possible that they would play possum Ė which is when they act dead Ė but you never know how they would react. So here is what you should do when you want to catch an opossum by hands:
  • Put on a pair of thick gloves, for your safety Ė it is totally not recommended to try to catch it with bare hands
  • Carefully approach the opossum you wish to catch
  • Wave one of your hands in front of the opossumís face to distract it
  • With your other hand, grab the opossumís tail
  • Lift the opossum and keep it as far away as possible from your body
  • Move it wherever you want, as far away as possible from your property, if you donít want it to ever come back again
Reasons for Not Handling Opossums with Bare Hands
There are several reasons why it is not recommended to handle an opossum with your bare hands:
  • You donít want to get hurt. Opossums are not aggressive, yet they might hurt you if they feel threatened
  • You donít want to risk getting rabies. Although opossums are highly resistant to rabies, and they rarely carry rabies, you surely donít want to risk getting any problems
  • Opossums are wildlife Ė and one of the first recommendations regarding wildlife is not to touch them with your bare hands, for several reasons, including hygiene concerns
Final Recommendation
It is definitely not recommended to handle opossums with bare hands. In case you want to catch them by hand, always wear a pair of gloves. However, even if you handle them with bare hands or with gloves, thoroughly wash your hands after you handle any opossum. If you need to catch an opossum, ensure your safety, or call a professional to help you handle the situation.

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