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
What to do about a squirrel in
the fire place
Squirrels can get into and outside the chimney
but there are instances where they can get stuck
into the bottom of the chimney into the fire
place. You should therefore never under any
circumstances start a fire because you may end
up burning the animal.
How to remove a squirrel in the fire place
Opening the damper
- Inspect the chimney to determine the exact
position of the stuck squirrel; you can do
this by climbing a ladder so that you can
see where the squirrel fell from. The
squirrel can either be stuck in the primary
flu or in the insulating metal flu.
- If the squirrel is in between the flu, you
can lower a rope until it reaches the bottom
and wait till the squirrel climbs out.
- The squirrel can also be in the regular
chimney, here, you have to determine if it
either leaves there or it’s actually stuck.
If it is stuck, you can either lower a rope
or wait for the squirrel to climb out or you
can open the damper at the bottom and allow
the squirrel to crawl out.
- If the squirrel is living in the attic and
not stuck in the attic, you have to use
conventional trapping techniques and other
exclusion techniques to remove the squirrel
from the fireplace.
Opening the damper above the fire place will
give you several options for instance, snaring
or grabbing the squirrel once it falls out of
the chimney into the fire place.
If the fire place is enclosed, you have the
option of setting traps inside.
For the traps to work you have to ensure that
they are well baited with something like fresh
oranges to ensure that they are captured
If these methods fail, you have another option
of contacting professionals who have the
required tools and equipment that will quickly
help remove squirrels from your fire place.
Why it is important to get rid of
squirrels from the fire place
It is not advisable to have chimneys living in
the chimney or the fire place because they are
likely to cause different damages like chewing
on the wood work and electric wires; squirrels
also bring in nesting debris that may cause fire
outbreaks. Squirrels can also chew through
electrical wires around the fire place which can
be very hazardous.
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a squirrel in the fire place