If you have a problem with wildlife in your Boulder home, your best option is to hire a company that specializes in Colorado 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 Colorado and Boulder, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Boulder County Animal Services: 303-441-3333
First Choice Wildlife Services specializes primarily in removing animals from attics of homes and buildings - this includes squirrels in attics, raccoons, and rats or mice in homes. Colorado also has a documented problem with
bats in buildings, and First Choice Wildlife Services 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 970-454-7205 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:
First Choice Wildlife Services is a full-service Boulder wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Boulder pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. First Choice Wildlife Services 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.
Boulder wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in Colorado 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 Colorado law. We offer Boulder raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at First Choice Wildlife Services. 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 Boulder 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 Boulder 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 Boulder rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
Bat removal is a highly specialized task. Colorado 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 Boulder pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Boulder 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 Boulder trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Boulder 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. First Choice Wildlife Services does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by First Choice Wildlife Services. 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. First Choice Wildlife Services also provides dead animal removal in Boulder. 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 Boulder snake removal - most of the snakes in Colorado are not venomous, but call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes in Boulder. And remember, we are a private business, not Boulder County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at 303-441-3333. Boulder 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.
Boulder Wildlife Tip #1:
What to do when there is a skunk in your garbage at night - Skunks are not ferocious creatures, and chances are, if you discover one in your trash at night you can just flip on your lights and the critter will flee. What's most important about finding a skunk in your garbage is that you've been given an effective warning about your trash protocols. While a lot of people like to put their trash out the night before, you should always put it in cans with lids. This will hold in any tempting odors. Putting bags out to the curb is just inviting wild animals. Proper garbage care is one of the vital steps to keeping skunks away. In addition to keeping your garbage inside until the day of pick-up, you should be very aware about any vegetable gardens or compost piles in your yard. Any time you have edible items outside, skunks will be tempted to come investigate. Another big no-no is leaving out pet food. Skunks love meat-based items, and that's one of the main ingredients in dog and cat kibble.
Boulder Wildlife Tip #2:
Skunk catchers - If you have a skunk that is harassing you and your family, there are ways to take care of the situation on your own. You can go down to the garden center and pick up a critter trap. With some research, setting it up in the yard might just do the trick. You will, of course, have to think about handling the cage afterward and then driving the animal to a relocation area. If this doesn't sit well with you, there is a much more efficient option: Hire a professional. The nice thing about a professional wildlife company is that you, the homeowner, can remain hands-free. The agency will come to your home and tour the property, identifying all the problem areas and making recommendations. They will also detail the plan for catching the skunk and make sure you understand the process. More likely than not, a professional company will also have the proper equipment to set up, eliminating the need for you to go out and buy anything. Best of all, when it comes time to relocate the animal, the expert will already have tried and true relocation areas, or the skunk will be humanely euthanized.
Colorado Wildlife Information:
Colorado State bird: Lark bunting
State mammal: Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep
State reptile: Western painted turtle
State fish: Greenback cutthroat trout
State insect: Colorado hairstreak butterfly
Colorado is a state of both mountains and grasslands. The state holds the vast majority of the Southern Rocky Mountains, but it also holds the edge of the Great Plains. This variety of landscapes gives Colorado a variety of animals as well.
The Rocky Mountains, which vary in height and climbing difficulty, are the home to animals that can handle navigating the rocky slopes to seek the cooler summer temperatures at the mountain peaks. Elk are one of the most popular animals in the Rockies, and these large grazers have a complex lifestyle of mud baths, mating, and mountain-to-valley migrations. They are often seen at the tops of peaks, grazing along the grassy slopes. During the summer, elk spend all of their time above the valleys. Many of the Rocky mountain peaks have shallow ponds at the summit. These water holes are usually surrounded by thousands of animal prints.
Other mountain-lovers include moose, black bears, grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and mountain lions. These animals will keep their distances from the Great Plains, leaving that region to creatures more suited to living out in the open.
The Great Plains supports its own conglomerate of animals like prairie dogs and pocket gophers. These little critters can be particularly troublesome for farmers looking to work fields where the animals' tunnel systems are complex. Large grassland dwellers include bison, pronghorn deer, white-tailed deer, and ground squirrels.
As usual, the same host of problem animals is present in Colorado. Residents dealing with nuisance animals are often battling with raccoons, snakes, opossums, armadillos, skunks, rats, and a variety of mice.
Semi-aquatic animals enjoy the state, too, and beavers and otters are common in the many mountain streams that cut through to the valleys. Beavers and otters are usually only problematic on private land in this large state, causing flooding or modifying the landscape too much.
Four invasive species have caused some concern with the fish and game department of Colorado
You can always call First Choice Wildlife Services, any time of day, at 970-454-7205, for a price quote for Boulder wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Boulder, CO.