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
|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
This month's featured wildlife removal
How to Keep a Skunk Out Of My Garbage Cans
Skunks are almost cat sized creatures with a measurement of between 15 and 37 inches, and they can weigh between 1 and 18 pounds – so there is no chance that you will miss one if it creeps into your garbage cans!
You will have to be careful when dealing with skunks, because they do have ways of protecting themselves. Of course, they are famous of their anal scent glands, which produce the awful sulphuric smell that they are so well known for. Although this tool is primarily linked to mating, it can also be used as a defensive mechanism. There is also a belief that you are likely to get bitten, but actually the rate of skunk bites is extremely low.
The issue with skunks and garbage cans is the fact that they are omnivores that can actually survive off of human waste. If they find a suitable shelter, nearby a food source, they will reside there for as long as possible. Becoming an increasing annoyance for you!
There are a few things that you can do to defend yourself and save your garbage from attracting these nuisances. The first thing you will want to do is ensure that your waste is completely properly protected. You can either seal your cans up securely or even better lock them away in a garage or shed – that way the skunks won’t even be able to smell your trash.
You can also make sure that there isn’t anywhere that they can take shelter. Skunks are often found hiding under decking, porches or even bushes. Seal these areas off and cut any low branches so they aren’t suitable for keeping out of any better weather. This will prevent skunks from thinking that your yard is a great place for them to stay.
On top of this, there are deterrents that you can employ to prevent them for entering your property in the first place – which will obviously keep them far away from you garbage cans. Because skunks are nocturnal creatures, they will actively avoid light, so if you install some garden lights – maybe solar powered or motion censored to save your energy bills – they will shy away from your yard. You may also consider chemicals, barriers, sprinklers, or if you’re feeling particularly brave, traps.
It is important to remember that skunks are terrible climbers, so if you’re looking for an easier, more simplistic way to protect your trash then place it up somewhere high – on a rack or some high up decking. Either that, or latch it up onto your garage wall – anywhere that the skunks cannot reach. If getting to your trash is too much of a challenge, then the skunks will simply leave it alone.
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