If you are having a problem with wildlife in your Oak Forest 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 Oak Forest, and I recommend the following:
Expel Wildlife Solutions
Cell Phone: 630-297-4545
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Cook County Animal Services: (815) 725-0333
Expel Wildlife Solutions 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 Expel Wildlife Solutions 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 630-297-4545
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 Cook 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
Expel Wildlife Solutions is a full-service Oak Forest wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Oak Forest pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. Expel Wildlife Solutions 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.
Oak Forest 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 Oak Forest raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Expel Wildlife Solutions. 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 Oak Forest 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 Oak Forest 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 Oak Forest 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 Oak Forest pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Oak Forest 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 Oak Forest trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Oak Forest 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. Expel Wildlife Solutions does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Expel Wildlife Solutions. 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
. Expel Wildlife Solutions
also provides dead animal removal in Oak Forest. 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 Oak Forest 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 Oak Forest. And remember, we are a private business, not Cook County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (815) 725-0333.
Cook County animal services does not handle any wildlife issues.
Expel Wildlife Solutions
Cell Phone: 630-297-4545
Oak Forest Wildlife Tip #1:
What attracts unwanted wild animals to your neighborhood or houses? - Learning what attracts unwanted wild animals is perhaps one of the greatest tools at your disposal in order to prevent them from coming back in the future. It is also a good idea if you have heard stories of local homes in your neighborhood being invaded by the strange looking creatures. Of course, there are a few obvious points that you will need to look out for, such as a food source, and also some that may not be quite so obvious to you, such as a wood pile. However, once you have learned about what attracts the unwanted wild animal to your property, you can then take active steps to avoid it coming back in the future. The food source is the main one, as it is with most wild animals. The bird feeder that drops bird feed on the floor - that is a prime target for a wandering unwanted wild animal, as is the garbage can that contains all of your leftovers which will end up being a tasty delight for the scavenging marsupial. Once you eliminate these food sources out of the equation, your unwanted wild animal will have nothing to eat and will therefore decide to look elsewhere. The same applies to a warm and cozy home, which a mother unwanted wild animal will definitely be looking for. This could be something like your attic, a wood pile in the yard, the space underneath the stairs leading to your house, under your porch, or even in a wood stump. Once you have closed off all entrance and exit points to your home, such as the gap under the porch, your unwanted wild animal will have to look elsewhere for a place to stay warm and dry, and the same applies when you remove the wood pile or stump from your yard. One thing that a lot of people do not realize, especially if they have once fallen prey to an unwanted wild animal invasion in their home, is that the urine of the unwanted wild animal will often attract other unwanted wild animals. This means that once you have safely removed a squatting unwanted wild animal from your home, you must get rid of all traces left behind by it; that means urine, feces, etc. this helps to prevent the threat of disease as well as the threat of another unwanted wild animal making your home its own.
Oak Forest Wildlife Tip #2:
What type of food goes in opossum traps? - Let's be honest - there is nothing at all desirable about having a wild animal such as an opossum living in your home or on your land, and although calling the local wildlife guys is the better choice of all that you have, it is not always something that will be readily available to you, either because of price or for other reasons, so it makes sense to learn about the things that are going to make your life a little easier. Just one of the things that will prove to make your trapping quest a more successful one is to pick the right bait. Now, opossums are scavengers so they are not normally picky when it comes to food, so essentially, you could probably put pretty much anything half edible down and they will have a good old munch. As with most animals of course, there will be certain foods that they will lust after, and these are always the perfect ones to start with. If you have a cat or dog living in your home then you are in luck! All you need to do is to use their pet food in the traps that you are setting, and you should successfully catch an opossum! These animals seem to love pet food, especially the wet, canned varieties, so if you have this to hand, throw it in the traps. If you don't have a pet cat or dog, or the pet food thing hasn't appeared to have worked as yet, try the things that you would normally throw in your garbage can. They love to root around in the stuff that you throw away, so before you look at throwing away those leftovers from your Sunday roast, why not consider putting them in the traps and letting them come running!
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 Expel Wildlife Solutions, any time of day, at 630-297-4545, for a price quote for Oak Forest wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Oak Forest, IL.