If you have a problem with wildlife in your Chicago home, your best option is to hire a company that specializes in Illinois 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 Illinois and Chicago, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Cook County Animal Services: (708) 974-6140
A1 Wildlife and Abatement specializes primarily in removing animals from attics of homes and buildings - this includes squirrels in attics, raccoons, and rats or mice in homes. Illinois also has a documented problem with
bats in buildings, and A1 Wildlife and Abatement 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 773-295-1230 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:
A1 Wildlife and Abatement is a full-service Chicago wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Chicago pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. A1 Wildlife and Abatement 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.
Chicago wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in Illinois 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 Illinois law. We offer Chicago raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at A1 Wildlife and Abatement. 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 Chicago 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 Chicago 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 Chicago rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
Bat removal is a highly specialized task. Illinois 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 Chicago pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Chicago 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 Chicago trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Chicago 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. A1 Wildlife and Abatement does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by A1 Wildlife and Abatement. 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. A1 Wildlife and Abatement also provides dead animal removal in Chicago. 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 Chicago snake removal - most of the snakes in Illinois are not venomous, but call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes in Chicago. And remember, we are a private business, not Cook County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (708) 974-6140. Cook 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.
Chicago Wildlife Tip #1:
What sort of bait catches a nuisance wild animal? - When wild creatures inhabit your home, you would be forgiven for thinking of things like bait and traps straight away. However useful this may be to get rid of the original problem, it is more than wise to look at the bigger picture, especially when it comes to avoiding the problem from ever returning again in the future. The best kind of trap can be bought fairly easily, especially online, and the right sort of bait to catch a nuisance wild animal is cat food, road kill, sweet fruit or seeds. However, once you have removed the creature from your life, what are you going to do next? If you decide to sit around and do nothing, you are just increasing the risks of having another nuisance wild animal or wild animal coming into your home or land. This is where the following preventative measures come into play: The first thing that you should do, regardless of whether the animal was in your home or not, is to make sure that any holes leading into your home is sealed to prevent any kind of wild animal from entering your beloved home. You might not see any holes, but look at the chimney - is this covered? What about the holes for the air conditioning units? How about your windows? Are these covered with screens? All of these things are potentially door ways for your little wild animals! Any kind of artificial creature can be used in the right against wild imposters, and as stupid as this may sound, these dummies have been shown to work on various wild animals. You could throw an owl in a tree, a hawk on your roof, or even snakes in the lawn - these can all work as a deterrent in the fight against the nuisance wild animal. Finally, have you thought about using cayenne pepper? No animal likes spicy stuff up their noise, so by sprinkling this strong powder around your fruit trees and flower gardens, you could be doing your part to keep the animals away.
Chicago Wildlife Tip #2:
Wildlife removal skunk - There are plenty of organizations around the country willing to put the human aspect into skunk removal. A wildlife removal company will send out knowledgeable professionals to your home. They will access your property, look for areas where wildlife has been a problem, and discuss what needs to be done. Sometimes just having them come out for their recommendations is important. Not every home owner knows what it means to trap a skunk, and once the wildlife experts have detailed the plan, you might decide it's not something you want to take on by yourself. The obvious concern with most people is that a skunk is going to spray them. This can happen, especially if you do not go about the trapping process correctly. Visual stimulation is a big part of what makes a skunk spray. If you trap a skunk in a cage trap and then walk up to it and reach down, you're probably going to scare the animal enough to make it let loose. This means if you trap a skunk in a cage trap, you need to cover the trap prior with a tarp or a heavy blanket. There are specialty traps on the market that have solid sides, but those will take a while to reach you since they are often ordered online.
Illinois Wildlife Information:
Illinois State bird: Northern cardinal
State mammal: White-tailed deer
State reptile: Painted turtle
State amphibian: Flarebutt Salamander
State fish: Bluegill
State insect: Monarch butterfly
Illinois, a long state near the bottom of the Great Lakes, experiences hot summers and cold winters. How harsh your season is depends on where you are located; the northern residents receiving cooler temperatures and more snow than the southern residents. As a humid, flat tract of land, Illinois is prone to tornados and violent thunderstorms. It is primarily covered in farm land and supports a large population of grazing animals. The plains are also known to encourage the proliferation of prairie dogs. These cute, intelligent little creatures are surprisingly problematic for farmers, digging tunnels beneath equipment and compromising the integrity of buildings. Pest control for this species is a daunting task; a prairie dog city can contain thousands of members.
The entirety of Illinois is not just grass. There are forests in the state, and the local governments have been proactive about planting trees to help prevent erosion. In these forests, just like in most forests, raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, opossum, snakes, and chipmunks live, waiting to find a way to invade homeowner's yards. In reality, the most common offenders are raccoons. Because of how intelligent these critters are, the raccoon can live happily in an urban setting, feeding off of garbage and other edible waste. Raccoons aren't the only problem animals city dwellers need to worry about, however. Rats are just as common in Illinois as any other state. If left uncontrolled, the animals could easily overrun many of the city streets. Thankfully, rats have learned to remain in their sewers when humans are around.
There are not many large predators in Illinois due to excessive hunting and deliberate removal by state authorities. Wolves and cougars were once native to the region. While the cougar is slowly being reintroduced, it is the coyote that claims the title of top predator in this plains state. Coyotes can be just as pesky as rats when it comes down to invading a property. Because of the large number of farms in Illinois, homeowners need to be on constant watch for the opportunistic coyote. These canines won't hesitate to sneak inside the lawn and snatch a pet or a chicken. In most locations, a coyote in the yard threatening pets or children can be shot on sight. This, of course, depends on where you live, as discharging a firearm in the city is likely to be frowned on.
You can always call A1 Wildlife and Abatement, any time of day, at 773-295-1230, for a price quote for Chicago wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Chicago, IL.