If you have a problem with wildlife in your Andover home, your best option is to hire a company that specializes in Minnesota wildlife removal only. This is a specialty business, and regular pest control companies do not use the proper techniques to solve animal problems. I have spent many years reviewing Minnesota and Andover, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Anoka County Animal Services: 763 422-2092
Oakridge Wildlife Control specializes primarily in removing animals from attics of homes and buildings - this includes squirrels in attics, raccoons, and rats or mice in homes. Minnesota also has a documented problem with
bats in buildings, and Oakridge Wildlife Control is specially trained in bat removal. They also perform general wildlife trapping services, such as the capture and removal of skunks or opossums on the
property. Call 763-400-3768 to discuss your critter problem and schedule a same-day or next-day appointment. Click here to learn more about what prices we charge in 2020.
When hiring a company to solve your wild animal problem, you want these features:
Oakridge Wildlife Control is a full-service Andover wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Andover pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. Oakridge Wildlife Control performs a full inspection of the home or property, and determines why the animal(s) are there, and if inside a building, how the animals got inside. All
animals (including rodents) are trapped and removed, or if possible, removed from the building using special exclusion devices. Once the animals are gone, preventative repairs are essential, and
cleanup is sometimes recommended.
Andover wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in Minnesota to trap without a license. Trap type is very important and there are many different types, bait is somewhat relevant, trap placement is vital, and there are dozens of small things that are very important to know. Safety is a concern. Then once the animal is trapped, it must be removed and dealt with in the proper manner according to Minnesota law. We offer Andover raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Oakridge Wildlife Control. Many types of animals like to live in attics. This includes squirrels, raccoons, rats, mice, bats, birds, and even possums. Critters like to go into attics for a safe place to live and raise their young. Removing animals from attics is very complex work, partly because of the presence of baby animals. If you need Andover squirrel removal, we can remove all the squirrels from your attic, and seal out any future ones. Read more about how to get rid of squirrels.
Rodent control must be done in a very specific way. First off, the most important thing is that all the openings that rats and mice can use to enter a house be sealed. Then all the rodents must be physically trapped and removed. Never, ever use poison! Most Andover exterminators will just use this lazy poison technique to kill rodents, and it causes more harm than good - dead stinky rats, and it doesn't solve the problem. Call us for correct Andover rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
Bat removal is a highly specialized task. Minnesota is known to have colonizing bats who often live in buildings. Bats love attics. If not removed, the colony can grow to a very large size over the years. The bat droppings are often corrosive and cause health risks. The same goes for bird droppings on or in buildings. We perform Andover pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Andover bat removal. We remove 100% of the bat colony and seal the building so that it's totally bat-proof. Read more about how to get rid of bats.
If you have animals inside a house, no job is complete without proper exclusion repairs. If you simply hire a Andover trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Andover wildlife control company that identifies 100% of the animal entry points into your building, and seals them shut with professional repairs. In addition, in many cases animals have left waste or contamination behind, and you'll want a company that can provide professional cleaning services. Oakridge Wildlife Control does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Oakridge Wildlife Control. We also trap and remove animals that destroy lawns, such as moles, or digging animals. Sometimes animals like opossums will live under buildings, steal pet food, raid garbage cans, etc. Read about how to get rid of opossums. Skunks commonly live under sheds or decks, and set up a den. We can trap and remove them without them spraying. Read about how to get rid of skunks. Oakridge Wildlife Control also provides dead animal removal in Andover. If you need help with any other wildlife conflict, from a fox, beaver, groundhog, or any other critter, we can solve it. We also do Andover snake removal - most of the snakes in Minnesota are not venomous, but call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes in Andover. And remember, we are a private business, not Anoka County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at 763 422-2092. Anoka County animal services does not handle any wildlife issues.
Every wildlife removal situation is different, from the species of animals involved, the location of the animal inside a house or outside, the extent of repairs or cleanup, etc. It's impossible to give one-size-fits-all prices. Examples MIGHT include:
Small Job: For example, a one-stop job to remove an animal in the yard: $100 on up
Medium Job: For example, getting critters out of your house with minor repairs: $300 on up
Large Job: For example, a project involving many service trips and complex work: $500 on up
Give us a phone call now and tell us about your wildlife issue and we will be able to give you a price estimate over the phone. If you're cool with it, we can schedule a same-day or next-day appointment if you like. Our prices are fair, and a good value because we do the job right, the first time.
Andover Wildlife Tip #1:
What damage can raccoons do to a house? - The raccoon, although a small creature is one that is going to make a right mess of your home, should it decide to move in there! Normally the mess and damage that the raccoon leaves behind is memorable because of things like a knocked over trash can and garbage strewn all over the place, but when you look at the tools that this animal has at its disposal, you will soon see the problems that you could be faced with. Just one look at the razor sharp teeth and claws and you will soon understand what you have let yourself in for! As well as a knocked over garbage can, you are likely to see a few more things in your yard or garden that would relate to the mess and damage left by an raccoon. The flowers that you have so lovingly grown - these are likely to be ripped up. Even worse than this, they will end up being pooped on and peed on by the creature that will, quite literally, go to the toilet wherever it wants to! The fruit and vegetables that you have growing in your yard - the raccoon will have a good go on these as well. As you can imagine, the situation is going to be strained! It gets even worse when the animal moves into your home, especially when you take a look at how costly the repair could be. You may need some re-wiring done after this anima, and many others like it, has a good old nibble on wires that it may come across in your attic or basement. The attic may even need new insulation once the creature has messed it up to make a cozy nest or left its droppings all over it. All in all, it could be said that this animal is a rather destructive one indeed!
Andover Wildlife Tip #2:
What to do when a skunk is in the walls - Having a skunk in the walls means a skunk has found a way inside of your home. This isn't the most common scenario, but if a foundation is damaged enough, it won't take long for a skunk to realize the wall is a warm, dry place to be. The best way to handle this situation, if you don't want to call in a professional, is to trap and remove the animal on your own. This shouldn't be as difficult as it seems; the animal has a direct entry point into your home, so you know where you need to set up your trap. The most common concern for trappers is how to avoid getting sprayed. If you're using a cage trap, you can keep the skunk calm and avoid being sprayed by placing a tarp of a blanket over the top and sides. There are special traps that can be purchased online. These have solid sides and provide the same type of protection as the blanket or tarp. To bait your trap, you can use marshmallows, or, if there are no stray cats around, you can use wet cat food.
Minnesota Wildlife Information:
Minnesota State bird: Common loon
State mammal: Black bear
State amphibian: Northern leopard frog
State fish: Walleye
State insect: Monarch butterfly
Minnesota is known as "the land of 10,000 lakes", which is a correct description of the glacial-carved landscape. In reality, the state has over 11,000 lakes. The large bodies of water are supported collectively by over 6,000 streams. The water doesn't stop there; there are over 10 million acres of wetlands in the region. Despite being one of the more populated states in the country, over 60 percent of Minnesota's population lives in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area. This leaves much of the south as farmland and much of the north as unpopulated forest known as the North Woods.
Aquatic and semi-aquatic animals thrive in this land of 10,000 lakes. There are numerous beavers, muskrats, and otters. These are only a few of the animals that like to live in wetlands, and one of the most common nuisance animals in the state-the raccoon-is also a fan of such a location. Raccoons are not strict forest dwellers. They will live anywhere they can find a vertical surface to climb if danger approaches. The appeal of a swamp or lake for a raccoon is the abundance of reptile and bird nests that can be raided for tasty eggs.
While a good portion of the state is water-oriented, there are many areas where deciduous forests were cleared for farmland. These vast expanses of land combined with the natural prairie of the state support herds of bison, elk, and caribou. All of these large grazers have been severely affected by conversion of plains into farmland, and now numbers of each animal are minimal. More solitary grazers like the moose tend to fare better in the second-growth forests around the state. There is also an abundance of white-tailed deer which keep local packs of timber wolves fed.
Minnesota has the largest population of timber wolves in the country second only to Alaska. These wolves are usually reclusive, but harsh weather can drive them toward farms in search of grazing livestock. More problematic for people are the coyotes, which cannot compete with the wolves for food, and often rely on sneaky tactics to secure a meal from the local farmhouse.
Common animals in the state are skunks, gophers, squirrels, porcupines, foxes, salamanders, snakes, black bear, bobcats, cougars, and bald eagles.
You can always call Oakridge Wildlife Control, any time of day, at 763-400-3768, for a price quote for Andover wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Andover, MN.