If you have a problem with wildlife in your Branford home, your best option is to hire a company that specializes in Connecticut 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 Connecticut and Branford, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call New Haven County Animal Services: (203) 315-4125
BearClaw Wildlife specializes primarily in removing animals from attics of homes and buildings - this includes squirrels in attics, raccoons, and rats or mice in homes. Connecticut also has a documented problem with
bats in buildings, and BearClaw Wildlife 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 860-266-2011 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:
BearClaw Wildlife is a full-service Branford wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Branford pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. BearClaw Wildlife 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.
Branford wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in Connecticut 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 Connecticut law. We offer Branford raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at BearClaw Wildlife. 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 Branford 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 Branford 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 Branford rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
Bat removal is a highly specialized task. Connecticut 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 Branford pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Branford 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 Branford trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Branford 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. BearClaw Wildlife does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by BearClaw Wildlife. 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. BearClaw Wildlife also provides dead animal removal in Branford. 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 Branford snake removal - most of the snakes in Connecticut are not venomous, but call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes in Branford. And remember, we are a private business, not New Haven County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (203) 315-4125. New Haven 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.
Branford Wildlife Tip #1:
What should I do if there is a raccoon in my attic - A raccoon in the attic might seem like the end of the world, but it could be worse; you could have a rat infestation. People will argue the merits of one over the other, but a raccoon isn't going to be sneaking through all the areas of your home in the way a rat would. Regardless, you need to have the animal trapped and removed before you can think about fortifying your house. One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is sealing up the raccoon hole when they see the animal leave the building. The problem with this is that most raccoons inside of a home are mothers. Somewhere inside there is a litter of kits that will be crying to be fed in a few hours. Not only will the mother return to your attic, if she can't get in, she'll try to create a new opening. If she's unsuccessful and you never remove the babies, you'll eventually be hunting through your walls looking to remove stinking corpses. The smell of a dead animal can take months to dissipate, and you can only imagine what multiple decaying bodies would be like. The best way to handle the situation is to have a professional come and trap the mother raccoon as well as find and safely remove her young. This way mother and children can be relocated to a safe place together.
Branford Wildlife Tip #2:
Skunk animal control in the USA - Animal control is widely available to most people in the United States, the exception being folks in very rural settings. If you live in an area where there isn't a local wildlife removal company, you may need to take on trapping and removal yourself. Even if you live in the north where people shy away from cold weather, nuisance animals will find you and your property. The best thing you can do is look for a national directory. National directories will list professionals by state, and the website that provides the contact information often requires certain credentials before advocating that particular company. If you have questions, or if you just need someone to talk you through an animal issue, you can call one of the listings and see what they recommend. Sometimes, with a little research and know-how, trapping and removal of pest critters can be done by the homeowner. There are certain situations, like trapping and removal of skunks, where the homeowner might want to leave the risky task up to the experts. If you're still not able to find a local company, call your police department and inquire about who they use for animal related issues.
Connecticut Wildlife Information:
Connecticut State bird: American robin
State mammal: Sperm whale
State fish: American shad
State insect: European mantis
Connecticut is a small state in the nation, and despite being technically on the coast of the country, it does not have an ocean border. The state is connected to the Atlantic Ocean through Long Island Sound and Block Island Sound, but has no actual sea coast of its own. The majority of the state was originally wooded, though areas of farmland have since been cleared. The forests are full of broad-leaved trees with a mixture of coniferous woodland, and there is a steady rise of terrain to the mountains in the northwest. Summers in the state are warm to hot, and winters are cold; the ocean mediates temperatures and moisture content in the atmosphere.
The state does not have a huge variety of large animals. The moose is the dominate creature on land in size, and it is the only large grazer aside from white-tailed deer. A subspecies of the white-tailed deer, called the key deer, grow to be only 3 feet tall and weigh up to 80 pounds. This subspecies is protected due to dwindling numbers. The key deer are easy targets for coyotes who roam the forested regions of the state. Black bears are also present, but the bears rarely take to hunting down large prey. Black bears spend much of their time foraging for fruits and insects, or raiding easy meal locations like birds' nests. The state has a healthy population of bobcats that keep the numbers of smaller animals manageable.
As in most states of the Northeast, Connecticut has a variety of forest-dwelling critters that hold the potential to become pest animals. Raccoons, skunks, opossums, rats, mice, bats, gophers, woodchucks, weasels, minks, and beavers are all occupants of the state. Connecticut has lemmings, small, elusive rodents that have gotten a reputation for mass suicides. These communal death marches are a misnomer; the lemming will sometimes migrate in numbers during the breeding season. Because the animals are good swimmers, they will often attempt to cross waters where a significant number of them drown. They are not throwing themselves off cliffs for no apparent reason.
Though access to the ocean is had by way of a protected region of water, Connecticut has a number of marine animals including manatees and harbor seals.
You can always call BearClaw Wildlife, any time of day, at 860-266-2011, for a price quote for Branford wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Branford, CT.