If you have a problem with wildlife in your Harrisburg home, your best option is to hire a company that specializes in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania and Harrisburg, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Dauphin County Animal Services: 717-564-3320
Xceptional 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. Pennsylvania also has a documented problem with
bats in buildings, and Xceptional 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 717-510-9658 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:
Xceptional Wildlife Removal is a full-service Harrisburg wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Harrisburg pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. Xceptional 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.
Harrisburg wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania law. We offer Harrisburg raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Xceptional 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 Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
Bat removal is a highly specialized task. Pennsylvania 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 Harrisburg pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Harrisburg 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. Xceptional Wildlife Removal does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Xceptional 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. Xceptional Wildlife Removal also provides dead animal removal in Harrisburg. 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 Harrisburg snake removal - most of the snakes in Pennsylvania are not venomous, but call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes in Harrisburg. And remember, we are a private business, not Dauphin County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at 717-564-3320. Dauphin 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.
Harrisburg Wildlife Tip #1:
What time does nocturnal wild animal go out to get food? - In order to effectively remove the nocturnal wild animal problem from your house, let's say for example, it's currently claiming squatter's rights in your attic, you must have some useful bits of information. These animals are smart - they have been around since the age of the dinosaurs after all! One of the most useful things that you can learn about the nocturnal wild animal is the time at which they go out to feed - this will essentially better help you to set traps, figure out when to block entrances and exits, and generally start on your plan to remove the annoying creature from your attic. Take a look at the sounds that you hear noise from the nocturnal wild animal - it's usually when you are in bed. This gives you some idea of when they are most active. They are nocturnal creatures by nature, although they are venturing out in daylight hours more and more these days, especially as they seem to becoming rather used to people and rural living. However, you will often find that your friendly nocturnal wild animal will wake up at around 9pm, potter out to work, (as in search for food) at around 9/10pm, and then head home for a good night's sleep at around 4am. This gives you plenty of time to block exits, work out where they are getting in and out from and set traps in the right areas. Your main priority at this time may be evicting the nocturnal wild animal completely from your property, but in actual fact by doing this, you are just encouraging other nocturnal wild animals and wild animals to come running. Rather than looking at getting rid of the animal completely, why not consider placing a nest box at the end of your yard? This gives the animal somewhere that it is "allowed" to live, and it will help remove the problem from your attic at least!
Harrisburg Wildlife Tip #2:
Dead wild animal smell under your house - There is nothing worse than figuring out you have a mini animal invasion in your home. That is, of course, unless the reason you have discovered that you have an animal invasion in your home is by the smell that a rotting carcass leaves behind. This means many things - firstly, you have a rotting animal somewhere in your home that you possible will not be able to find. Secondly, the smell is awful and it will drive you bonkers. Thirdly - you are going to need to get rid of it, and this can take some figuring out, especially if the smell seems to be coming from the depths of your home. Thankfully, there are more than enough professionals out there to do this horrible and not in the slightest bit glamorous job for you, and this is the best way to deal with it, simply because you are likely to encounter many different problems along the way. The rotting smell is likely to stay in your home for months, and sometimes longer when the weather is warm, unless you get rid of it. You are also going to need to dispose of material that your dead wild animal will have come into contact with, not only because the dead animal may have stained it, but also because the smell will linger. On top of that, this smell is going to attract other things that will more than likely cause problems, for example, attracting mice, rats, beetles, insects, flies and the diseases that these can bring. You will also find that your wild animal will probably have come with a host of problems such as mites, fleas and ticks, and these are going to need to find new homes in the shape of your household cat or dog.
Pennsylvania Wildlife Information:
Pennsylvania State bird: Ruffed grouse
State mammal: White-tailed deer
tate insect: 7-spotted ladybug, Pennsylvania firefly
State fish: Brook trout
You can find a variety of landscapes in Pennsylvania, though the majority of the state is covered in forest. Pennsylvania has a fair amount of flat land and a fair amount of mountainous land. No matter where you go, you are bound to run into wildlife. Warm-loving animals will not be so inclined to live in this state, though the southern region has more mild temperatures than the mountainous north. Because of the slight temperature difference, snakes and amphibians are more populous in the south. Rattlesnakes, one of the venomous snakes in the state, are only found in the lower aspect of Pennsylvania. Smaller snakes, like the garter snake, make their home just about anywhere they can find.
Reptiles aren't the only critters that like Pennsylvania. The state has hundreds of sheltered ponds and lakes, and this promotes a healthy population of beavers, otters, and muskrats. Other semi-aquatic animals include the snapping turtle and the common water snake.
Of predators, Pennsylvania has only two large mammalian carnivores. The black bear and coyote are at the top of the food chain in this state, though there have been numerous sightings of mountain lions over the last decade. The state's Department of Fish and Game adamantly dismisses the rumors, and has been able to disprove most of the sightings. Still, many residents feel there is a breeding population of the large cats somewhere in the state. Black bear, though destructive when they find a bird feeder or an open garbage can, are not seen as commonly as coyotes. There has been a large increase in the coyote population; likely due to almost no predation and ample supply of white-tailed deer and other small game. Because of the abundance of wildlife, coyotes are usually only problematic if they are in an urban area. In this setting, the canines can become bold and dangerous, threatening house pets and small children.
Still, the most popular home invaders in Pennsylvania are of a much smaller size. Raccoons and squirrels are always on the hunt for an empty attic, and rats and mice will take any opportunity to sneak into a home. Woodchucks are just as common and irritating; the stout creatures quickly moving in under unprotected decks and patios.
If homeowners are really unlucky, they will forget to secure their pet door at night and will wake up to find a porcupine has entered the house looking for cat food.
You can always call Xceptional Wildlife Removal, any time of day, at 717-510-9658, for a price quote for Harrisburg wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Harrisburg, PA.