If you have a problem with wildlife in your Minneapolis home, your best option is to hire a company that specializes in Minnesota 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 Minnesota and Minneapolis, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Hennepin County Animal Services: (612) 673-6222
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. Minnesota 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 612-503-8440 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 2022.
When hiring a company to solve your wild animal problem, you want these features:
Varment Guard Wildlife Services is a full-service Minneapolis wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Minneapolis 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.
Minneapolis wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in Minnesota 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 Minnesota law. We offer Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
Bat removal is a highly specialized task. Minnesota 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 Minneapolis pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis. 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 Minneapolis snake removal - most of the snakes in Minnesota are not venomous, but call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes in Minneapolis. And remember, we are a private business, not Hennepin County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (612) 673-6222. Hennepin 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.
Minneapolis Wildlife Tip #1:
What can you buy to drive away skunk or other wild animal under the house? - If you have a rather problematic skunk or other wild animal that is wreaking havoc under your house, it would make sense to weigh up all of the options you have available to you to ensure that you deal with the creature in the best way possible. A lot of people immediately turn to trapping and releasing options before looking at the whole picture, which could essentially be overtaken by looking at driving away or repelling options instead. The only problem with looking at deterrents and repellants is that very few of them actually work and something that may have worked for an skunk or other wild animal that your friend may have had in their garden, will not always work in the same way for you. It is easy to get carried away by the fabulous promises made by the people that create these products, and the testimonials for the all of the bizarre suggestions on the internet, but in reality you will need to take them with a grain of salt and keep your mind open. Things like moth balls have been said to work for other people, but again, this is not a guaranteed method for all. Also, you will need to bear in mind the cost - admittedly a box of moth balls is hardly going to break the bank, but when you consider that you might need a lot of moth balls by replacing them every now and again, and placing them in all of the areas that you are having difficulties, you may find that the cheaper option would have just been to call the professionals in the first place!
Minneapolis Wildlife Tip #2:
Where are skunks getting into my house - It shouldn't be too difficult to find where skunks are getting into your house. These critters aren't like rats and mice, which only need a few inches to find a way into a building. A skunk is going to need a larger hole, and you should be able to notice it if you do a complete walk around your home. If you don't find anything right away check under the porch or under the deck. This can be a place where there is foundation damage you don't know about. Once you find the hole, you need to start making plans to trap the skunk and relocate it. Because the skunk has a definite entry hole, you can use this to your advantage. You can either set up the cage trap directly outside of the opening with marshmallows or cat food as bait, or you can use temporary fencing to create a funnel to guide the skunk into the trap.
Minnesota Wildlife Information:
Minnesota State bird: Common loon
State mammal: Black bear
State amphibian: Northern leopard frog
State fish: Walleye
State insect: Monarch butterfly
Minnesota is known as "the land of 10,000 lakes", which is a correct description of the glacial-carved landscape. In reality, the state has over 11,000 lakes. The large bodies of water are supported collectively by over 6,000 streams. The water doesn't stop there; there are over 10 million acres of wetlands in the region. Despite being one of the more populated states in the country, over 60 percent of Minnesota's population lives in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area. This leaves much of the south as farmland and much of the north as unpopulated forest known as the North Woods.
Aquatic and semi-aquatic animals thrive in this land of 10,000 lakes. There are numerous beavers, muskrats, and otters. These are only a few of the animals that like to live in wetlands, and one of the most common nuisance animals in the state-the raccoon-is also a fan of such a location. Raccoons are not strict forest dwellers. They will live anywhere they can find a vertical surface to climb if danger approaches. The appeal of a swamp or lake for a raccoon is the abundance of reptile and bird nests that can be raided for tasty eggs.
While a good portion of the state is water-oriented, there are many areas where deciduous forests were cleared for farmland. These vast expanses of land combined with the natural prairie of the state support herds of bison, elk, and caribou. All of these large grazers have been severely affected by conversion of plains into farmland, and now numbers of each animal are minimal. More solitary grazers like the moose tend to fare better in the second-growth forests around the state. There is also an abundance of white-tailed deer which keep local packs of timber wolves fed.
Minnesota has the largest population of timber wolves in the country second only to Alaska. These wolves are usually reclusive, but harsh weather can drive them toward farms in search of grazing livestock. More problematic for people are the coyotes, which cannot compete with the wolves for food, and often rely on sneaky tactics to secure a meal from the local farmhouse.
Common animals in the state are skunks, gophers, squirrels, porcupines, foxes, salamanders, snakes, black bear, bobcats, cougars, and bald eagles.
You can always call Varment Guard Wildlife Services, any time of day, at 612-503-8440, for a price quote for Minneapolis wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Minneapolis, MN.