If you have a problem with wildlife in your Litchfield 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 Litchfield, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Montgomery County Animal Services: (217) 324-5991
Varment Guard 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 Varment Guard 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 217-250-2192 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:
Varment Guard Wildlife Services is a full-service Litchfield wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Litchfield pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. Varment Guard 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.
Litchfield 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 Litchfield raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Varment Guard 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 Litchfield 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 Litchfield 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 Litchfield 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 Litchfield pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Litchfield 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 Litchfield trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Litchfield 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. Varment Guard Wildlife Services does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Varment Guard 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. Varment Guard Wildlife Services also provides dead animal removal in Litchfield. 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 Litchfield 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 Litchfield. And remember, we are a private business, not Montgomery County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (217) 324-5991. Montgomery 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.
Litchfield Wildlife Tip #1:
What can you buy to drive away fox under the shed? - Sometimes, rather than relying on traps to remove a wild animal like the fox from your home or yard; you should look towards repellants or similar options to do the job for you. The only problem with this way of thinking is that the things that you will often come across that promise to do such a job, rarely do so as well as they state they will, which can lead to mass disappointment on your part, and a rather costly trip to the wildlife control experts anyway - something you could have just in the first place before you wasted money on various repellants! There are a large number of things that have been "reported" to have worked to successfully drive away an fox from areas such as under your shed, but it makes sense to take these suggestions with a pinch of salt - one person may have found great relief, but twenty others may have rendered them useless! Moth balls are something that have been suggested for years in the fight against various wild animals and especially foxes but the fact of the matter is, this is very much a touch and go kind of situation. Your neighbor may have found relief, but there is no guarantee that you will and you could end up spending a large amount of money on the mothballs over an extended period of time, which you could have better spent on the local professionals to do the job for you!
Litchfield Wildlife Tip #2:
House skunk removal - No one wants a skunk around the house. Just by being around all the time, the animal will leave a smell that lingers and seems to attach to everything. This is the easiest way to tell you have a skunk problem. If you don't smell the animal it's probably not living directly near the building. For the skunk that is living under or next to the home, you need to have the animal trapped and removed. Trapping a skunk isn't too difficult. You can have a professional do the job, or you can try to take care of the situation on your own. Trapping a skunk means picking up a cage trap. This trap can be the type that you pick up at the local farm store, or it can be the kind with solid sides that is purchased on the Internet. If you're using the average cage trap, you should put a tarp over the top and sides. This prevents the skunk from seeing you once you've captured the animal. If it can't see you, it won't try to spray you. Some skunks are not capable of "holding their sprayers" due to being young, so it is still possible to be on the wrong end of the mammal after trapping.
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 Varment Guard Wildlife Services, any time of day, at 217-250-2192, for a price quote for Litchfield wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Litchfield, IL.