If you have a problem with wildlife in your Athens home, your best option is to hire a company that specializes in Ohio 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 Ohio and Athens, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Athens County Animal Services: (740) 592-6047
Wildlife Removal SE Ohio specializes primarily in removing animals from attics of homes and buildings - this includes squirrels in attics, raccoons, and rats or mice in homes. Ohio also has a documented problem with
bats in buildings, and Wildlife Removal SE Ohio 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 740-478-4251 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:
Wildlife Removal SE Ohio is a full-service Athens wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Athens pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. Wildlife Removal SE Ohio 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.
Athens wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in Ohio 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 Ohio law. We offer Athens raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Wildlife Removal SE Ohio. 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 Athens 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 Athens 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 Athens rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
Bat removal is a highly specialized task. Ohio 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 Athens pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Athens 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 Athens trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Athens 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. Wildlife Removal SE Ohio does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Wildlife Removal SE Ohio. 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. Wildlife Removal SE Ohio also provides dead animal removal in Athens. 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 Athens snake removal - most of the snakes in Ohio are not venomous, but call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes in Athens. And remember, we are a private business, not Athens County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (740) 592-6047. Athens 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.
Athens Wildlife Tip #1:
What to do when you have opossums in your garden - There is no doubt that we all love to have wild animals running around in our yards and gardens, but not when it comes to rather annoying creatures such as the opossum that can cause a great many problems; all of which you are going to need to resolve. Not only will they have a good root through your garbage cans, causing them to tip over, but they will also steal food from your pets, trample all over your plants, and will even have a good old munch through your fruit trees and vegetable patches if you do not sort the problem. Understanding the opossum is your best tool to fight against it, but this can be difficult when you consider that it is a normally nocturnal creature that will rarely venture out throughout the day. This will make it hard to recognize the patterns, but there will be a few tell tale signs such as droppings, knocked over garbage cans and even trampled plants. The opossum will make a home pretty much anywhere although it does seem to love wooded areas near to streams. However, your porch, decking, steps, attic, basement, within the walls of your home and even the outbuildings that surround it will make for the perfect opossum home, and you will find that it could bring even more problems still, such as disease. You have many options open to you if you deiced you cannot live with your opossum anymore, and among the popular methods you will find preventions, such as fencing, as well as extermination through poisons and kill traps, trapping and releasing, and even various repellants. The right method for you will very much depend on your situation.
Athens Wildlife Tip #2:
What to do if skunk damage the crawl space of the house - Chances are the crawl space of your house had some serious damage before the skunk got inside. Yes, a skunk will dig and cause some damage, but the animal isn't going to compromise your foundation or chew apart your cinder blocks. The very fact that you have a skunk in the crawlspace means something was damaged enough to let the animal inside to begin with. You will have to fix this damage, but you're going to have to trap and remove the skunk first. This can be done on your own or by a professional. Don't be too optimistic about claiming the crawlspace damage on your homeowner's insurance. Because a home has to be damaged prior to a critter invasion, most insurance companies will consider a skunk in the crawlspace the result of negligence. Unfortunately, repairing a damaged crawlspace is no easy task. It often means knocking out parts of the foundation, and that can mean having to raise the house completely up on temporary supports.
Ohio Wildlife Information:
Ohio State bird: Northern cardinal
State mammal: White-tailed deer
State reptile: Northern black racer
State insect: 7-spotted ladybug
Welcome to Ohio, the state where there aren't many mountains, but there are plenty of forests and fields for animals to enjoy. Not only does this state have a nice mixture of habitats, the landscape is generally universal when it comes to climate. Ohio does occasionally have a tornado, and it can have an earthquake or two, but most of the time the summers are hot and the winters are cold. This climate eliminates some of the heat-loving critters in the southern states, but it does keep those common creatures that live around homes comfortable.
The most common nuisance animals in Ohio are raccoons, snakes, bats, geese, swans, squirrels, woodpeckers, skunks, and opossums. Homes in this state are well-insulated against the cold winters, making them ideal locations of critters that like to climb into an attic. Rats are frequent visitors in the city areas, and homeowners without rats usually have a mouse or two. People living closer to nature, or those with an urban raccoon issue, sometimes find the animals up in the attic. This can be particularly problematic, especially because most raccoons in an attic have a littler of babies nearby. While not as common, the occasional opossum will also invade a home in Ohio from time to time.
Coyotes and black bears rule the food chain in this state, though the bears are less of a nuisance than the intelligent canines. Coyotes will hunt in packs, picking off livestock or entering suburbs where they feed on pets and harass small children. A determined coyote will even climb a fence if it is hungry enough to want the pet inside the yard. The black bears are nuisances mostly at campgrounds or in places where people leave garbage out overnight. The bear is an extremely strong animal, and a secured garbage can lid won't be enough to deter these predators.
In the river valleys, Ohio has a number of industrious beavers, otters, and muskrats. Homeowners living near streams may find themselves suddenly flooded due to a recently constructed dam. For the most part, muskrat concerns belong to the county. Government officials need to worry about dike walls being compromised by the burrowing muskrat. Due to the decent amount of precipitation this state receives annually, semi-aquatic animals tend to thrive in Ohio.
You can always call Wildlife Removal SE Ohio, any time of day, at 740-478-4251, for a price quote for Athens wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Athens, OH.