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Professional Wildlife Removal Company Servicing Lake County, IL

Lake County Wildlife Animal Control

If you are having a problem with wildlife in your Lake County 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 Lake County, and I recommend the following:

Illinois Wildlife Services
Cell Phone: 847-850-2388

NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call the County Animal Services: 847.945.0235



Illinois Wildlife Services 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 Illinois Wildlife Services 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 847-850-2388 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 Illinois and the 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


Illinois Wildlife Services is a full-service Lake County wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Lake County pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all similar to wildlife removal. Illinois Wildlife Services 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.

  Lake County 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 Lake County raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
  Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Illinois Wildlife Services. 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 Lake County 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 Lake County 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 Lake County 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 Lake County pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Lake County 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 Lake County trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Lake County 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. Illinois Wildlife Services does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Illinois Wildlife Services. 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. Illinois Wildlife Services also provides dead animal removal in Lake County. 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 Lake County 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 Lake County. And remember, we are a private business, not the County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at 847.945.0235. the County animal services does not handle any wildlife issues.

Illinois Wildlife Services
Cell Phone: 847-850-2388

Lake County Wildlife Tip #1:
What damage can raccoons do to a house? - The raccoon, although a small creature is one that is going to make a right mess of your home, should it decide to move in there! Normally the mess and damage that the raccoon leaves behind is memorable because of things like a knocked over trash can and garbage strewn all over the place, but when you look at the tools that this animal has at its disposal, you will soon see the problems that you could be faced with. Just one look at the razor sharp teeth and claws and you will soon understand what you have let yourself in for! As well as a knocked over garbage can, you are likely to see a few more things in your yard or garden that would relate to the mess and damage left by an raccoon. The flowers that you have so lovingly grown - these are likely to be ripped up. Even worse than this, they will end up being pooped on and peed on by the creature that will, quite literally, go to the toilet wherever it wants to! The fruit and vegetables that you have growing in your yard - the raccoon will have a good go on these as well. As you can imagine, the situation is going to be strained! It gets even worse when the animal moves into your home, especially when you take a look at how costly the repair could be. You may need some re-wiring done after this anima, and many others like it, has a good old nibble on wires that it may come across in your attic or basement. The attic may even need new insulation once the creature has messed it up to make a cozy nest or left its droppings all over it. All in all, it could be said that this animal is a rather destructive one indeed!

Lake County Wildlife Tip #2:
Where opossums can get in your house - How many words can you think of to describe the possum? Small, bizarre looking, cute, smelly, messy this list could possibly go on for some time. Not only do they wreak havoc just by themselves, they also have a nasty habit of attracting other animals that could create just as much havoc. For example, they are going to nibble on your plants, (food or flowers) in your yard, knock the seeds out of the bird feeder causing a mess, deterring other birds and cuter creatures, and finding a source of food for themselves, knocking over your garbage can and leaving litter everywhere, and much more besides. You may even find that the territory wars will leave an awful stench of possum versus skunk; something that you are most definitely not going to want. Getting to the root of the problem - these possums are going to be a pain in the backside. Does your house have an air conditioning unit? Have you ever thought about how easy it would be for the possums to crawl into the tiny spaces within this unit? Once they are in here, they are going to scent mark, poop, pee, and even worse than this, die! Just imagine when you want to put the air conditioning unit on when the weather gets warmer; the smell of all of these things combined is going to reek out your home, and it is not a smell that you are going to want to smell ever again! The fact is these creatures are not house trained. This means that they are going to do whatever they want to do, when they want to do it, and no amount of trying to avoid this is going to make life any easier for any of you. In short - these creatures are not housebroken, which means that living a life alongside these animals is going to be somewhat difficult.

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 Illinois Wildlife Services, any time of day, at 847-850-2388, for a price quote for Lake County wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Lake County, IL.

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