If you are having a problem with wildlife in your Columbia home, your best option is to hire a company that specializes in Missouri 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 Columbia, and I recommend the following:
Kellys Wildlife Control
Cell Phone: 573-476-1975
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Boone County Animal Services: (573) 449-1888
Kellys 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. Missouri also has a documented problem with
bats in buildings, and Kellys 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 573-476-1975
to discuss your critter problem and schedule a same-day or next-day appointment.
When hiring a company to solve your wild animal problem, you want these features:
- Specializes in wildlife removal, not pest control
- Fully Missouri and Boone County licensed and insured
- Works 7 days per week (critters don't take weekends off)
- Performs full building inspections: enters and inspects attic
- Performs exclusion repairs, with guarantee against animal re-entry
- Offers cleanup of biohazardous wildlife waste
Kellys Wildlife Control is a full-service Columbia wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Columbia pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. Kellys 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.
Columbia wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in Missouri 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 Missouri law. We offer Columbia raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Kellys 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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
Bat removal is a highly specialized task. Missouri 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 Columbia pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Columbia 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 Columbia trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Columbia 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. Kellys Wildlife Control does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Kellys 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
. Kellys Wildlife Control
also provides dead animal removal in Columbia. 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 Columbia snake removal - most of the snakes in Missouri are not venomous, but
call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes
in Columbia. And remember, we are a private business, not Boone County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (573) 449-1888.
Boone County animal services does not handle any wildlife issues.
Kellys Wildlife Control
Cell Phone: 573-476-1975
Columbia Wildlife Tip #1:
Getting rid of roof rats - It can be challenging to get rid of roof rats simply because many people do not know they are inside until things are out of control. Roof rats are excellent climbers and will often enter a home through damaged vents or eaves near the roof. They like to live in the empty spaces above the building's main rooms because people rarely visit those locations. Not only is everything quite, there are no predators and food is readily available from the people below. You can get rid of rats in a few ways depending on how accessible they are to you. If the rats are in an area like the attic, setting up snap traps will be your best method for removal. Snap traps are humane and effective. They can be set in areas where you have noticed rat droppings or urine marks. If the rats are not easily accessible, your next option is to install a one way door on the area of the roof where they are living. Keep in mind that rats are bale to chew through most substances, and if you exclude them, they will make an attempt to get back inside. Using a one way door attached to a trap may be the most efficient means to handle rats that aren't easily located inside the home.
Columbia Wildlife Tip #2:
Baby raccoon sounds - Baby racoons are sometimes hard to find within a home, so it's best if you know when and what to listen for. These animals are nocturnal and will be most active around dusk. Listen for the distinctive cry the baby racoons make. This might be accompanied by chirps and growls from the adult. Not only will you be able to know for sure what animal is living inside of your home, you'll have a general idea of where the kits are located. A vital part of trapping and removal is finding the babies. Don't be fooled if you don't hear any sounds. Most racoons that live in a home are female. You should always assume there is a litter somewhere in the building. Because it's illegal in most states to trap raccoons without a license, you probably won't be the one who has to worry about this. A wildlife professional will be able to come in and find the babies as well as removed the adult. On a rare occasion, the critter in your attic will be male. These guys are trapped and removed as most other pest animals are, with the clever use of a cage trap.
Missouri Wildlife Information:
Missouri State bird: Eastern bluebird
State mammal: Missouri mule
State reptile: Three-toed box turtle
State amphibian: North American bullfrog
State fish: Channel catfish, paddlefish
State insect: European honeybee
Missouri is a state that is wetter than most people think. It was originally classified as a southern state, and eventually became grouped with the states in the Midwest. As far as Midwest states go, however, it is full of wet grasslands which gradually culminate through foothills into the Ozark Mountains. Though much of the landscape is flat, the region has a fair amount of forest. It is humid with hot summers and cold winters.
A state with such ample grasslands is bound to have a good number of large grazing animals, and Missouri definitely fits the bill. This state has white-tailed deer, elk, and American bison. The bison, which are growing in popularity for food consumption around the globe, are in both wild and semi-wild herds. Their numbers are significantly less than when they roamed the plains hundreds of years before pioneers came through.
No predators are large enough in Missouri to take down a full-sized bison, though sick adults and young calves will occasionally be prey for coyotes or mountain lions. It is rare to see a mountain lion out on the plains; in fact, it is rare to see one of the big cats at all. The species vanished from Missouri in the 1970's only to reappear in the mid 1990's. The game commission in the state does not feel there is a breeding population of the cats, and any cougar sightings are animals that have come in from other states.
Another creature that enjoys life out in the grasslands is the badger. These aggressive, intimidating animals are excellent diggers, and they live primarily off a diet of rodents found in prairie grass. The badger can be a fierce protector of its den, and people are advised to keep their distance from this critter.
There is, of course, no shortage of home invading species in Missouri. The state has an ample supply of raccoons, foxes, bats, skunks, porcupines, opossums, nutria, muskrats, and squirrels.
The wetlands in the region are home to a few animals that are slowly vanishing as the swamps dry up. The swamp rabbit is a critter found in the southern swamps of Missouri, and its numbers have been steadily declining as the wetlands get destroyed. Another species that is gradually going away is the alligator snapping turtle, a reptile that can grow to be 150 pounds.
You can always call Kellys Wildlife Control, any time of day, at 573-476-1975, for a price quote for Columbia wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Columbia, MO.