If you have a problem with wildlife in your Grand Rapids home, your best option is to hire a company that specializes in Michigan 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 Michigan and Grand Rapids, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Kent County Animal Services: (616) 632-7300
Platinum Wildlife Removal specializes primarily in removing animals from attics of homes and buildings - this includes squirrels in attics, raccoons, and rats or mice in homes. Michigan also has a documented problem with
bats in buildings, and Platinum Wildlife Removal 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 616-818-0306 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:
Platinum Wildlife Removal is a full-service Grand Rapids wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Grand Rapids pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. Platinum Wildlife Removal 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.
Grand Rapids wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in Michigan 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 Michigan law. We offer Grand Rapids raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Platinum Wildlife Removal. 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 Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
Bat removal is a highly specialized task. Michigan 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 Grand Rapids pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Grand Rapids 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. Platinum Wildlife Removal does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Platinum Wildlife Removal. 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. Platinum Wildlife Removal also provides dead animal removal in Grand Rapids. 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 Grand Rapids snake removal - most of the snakes in Michigan are not venomous, but call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes in Grand Rapids. And remember, we are a private business, not Kent County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (616) 632-7300. Kent 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.
Grand Rapids Wildlife Tip #1:
What would be the best place to release an opossum? - Have you successfully managed to trap that problematic opossum that has been driving you mad? If the answer was yes, then you may be in a situation where you are not entirely sure what to do with the creature next. This is the hardest part for so many people that manage to trap the animal that has been driving them bonkers - where exactly are you meant to release the animal? The thing that you need to remember is that the rules and regulations about trapping and releasing various wild animals will differ from state to state, and city to city, so ultimately, you are going to need to do your research on the topic before you make any final decisions on what you should be doing with your opossum. You are not going to want to get into any trouble with the local authorities just because you are trying to release a problematic opossum, so it makes sense to be in the know beforehand. Of course, as well as the legal reasons for wanting to do your research, you are going to want to make sure that the opossum you are releasing is actually going to survive. After all, what would be the point in going to all the effort and hard work of humanely trapping the animal, only to kill it when you release it back into the wild. The problem with releasing opossums, is that if you don't do it far enough away from your home, or at least into a nest box, you run the risk of the animal moving right back into your house again. At the same time, however, if you move it too far away, it is likely to die. This is the problem you will face should you choose to remove the animal yourself, rather than using a wildlife control professional which is always highly advised.
Grand Rapids Wildlife Tip #2:
Skunk break into house - A skunk won't break into a house if that building is fortified as a home should be. Fortifying your home isn't about installing bars or fencing around the perimeter. All it takes to keep a skunk out of the home is regular preventative maintenance. This is the most important thing you can do as a homeowner. Cracks need to be repaired. Siding needs to be fixed and replaced. You can't leave screens torn and windows broken. Doing these things only invites a wild animal inside. If a skunk comes into your home, probably during the night, it did so because it found the task easy, and because there was something drawing it inside. That "something" was most likely food of some sort. People forget that cat and dog food is real food and contains real meat and vegetable protein. A skunk will love this kind of easy meal. If you have pets, you should pick up their bowls once they have walked away-unless your home is secure. If the skunk is inside and you're not sure what to do with the animal, chances are it is just as afraid of you as you are of it. You can't spray it with a putrid odor, but the you share a mutual ddesire for the animal to get outside. Open a few doors and wait patiently. The skunk will find its way out. If not, call a wildlife removal company.
Michigan Wildlife Information:
Michigan State bird: American robin
State mammal: White-tailed deer
State reptile: Painted turtle
State fish: Brook trout
Michigan is a state that tends to get bombarded with snow and storms due to its location in the arms of the Great Lakes. The state is also relatively flat, though it has a nice mix of grassland and forest and some moderate hills. Pine trees are numerous in this part of the country, and they provide shelter for the plentiful animals that must survive a long, cold winter. Most of the state experiences a short, warm summer, but it is often filled with storms coming in off the bordering lakes. Due to the long winters and the cooler overall temperatures, most of the animals in this state are ones that are comfortable surviving in poor conditions when food is covered by feet of snow.
Michigan is densely populated in the regions along the Great Lakes, but it offers a fair share of wilderness areas as well. In these sparsely populated zones you will find large grazing animals like elk, mule deer, and white-tailed deer. These herbivores ultimately draw in predators like cougars, wolves, coyotes, and bears. It's not common for bears to prey on the young of large grazers, but if food is scarce the bears can be agile, dangerous hunters. Such large creatures are not usually the concern of homeowners, even those in rural settings. Wolves and coyotes can be dangerous during seasons when food is limited. Some coyotes will adapt to urban settings. These canines are considered significantly more dangerous than coyotes in the wild. An urban coyote will not hesitate to scale a fence with the purpose of attacking a house pet.
Large animals, though they can be pests, are not as troublesome as smaller creatures like raccoons and skunks. There are a number of animals that will invade a home. Raccoons, opossums, squirrels, rats, and mice are the most frequent offenders. In Michigan, there are also Indiana bats. These small bats are very rare and disturbing one of their roosts-even if it's in your own home-is illegal.
Aquatic animals are also found in this state. River otters are very common, along with beavers and muskrats. Michigan has the water shrew, too, a large semi-aquatic rodent that is active at night near streams and lakes, and only has a lifespan of about 18 months.
You can always call Platinum Wildlife Removal, any time of day, at 616-818-0306, for a price quote for Grand Rapids wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Grand Rapids, MI.