If you have a problem with wildlife in your Ottumwa home, your best option is to hire a company that specializes in Iowa 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 Iowa and Ottumwa, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Wapello County Animal Services: (515) 682-1531
Wildlife Removal Southeast Iowa specializes primarily in removing animals from attics of homes and buildings - this includes squirrels in attics, raccoons, and rats or mice in homes. Iowa also has a documented problem with
bats in buildings, and Wildlife Removal Southeast Iowa 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 515-639-3314 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:
Wildlife Removal Southeast Iowa is a full-service Ottumwa wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Ottumwa pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. Wildlife Removal Southeast Iowa 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.
Ottumwa wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in Iowa 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 Iowa law. We offer Ottumwa raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Wildlife Removal Southeast Iowa. 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 Ottumwa 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 Ottumwa 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 Ottumwa rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
Bat removal is a highly specialized task. Iowa 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 Ottumwa pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Ottumwa 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 Ottumwa trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Ottumwa 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. Wildlife Removal Southeast Iowa does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Wildlife Removal Southeast Iowa. 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. Wildlife Removal Southeast Iowa also provides dead animal removal in Ottumwa. 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 Ottumwa snake removal - most of the snakes in Iowa are not venomous, but call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes in Ottumwa. And remember, we are a private business, not Wapello County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (515) 682-1531. Wapello 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.
Ottumwa Wildlife Tip #1:
What sort of bait catches a skunk? - When you want to trap that pesky skunk that has been causing a nuisance of itself in your yard, you want to do so in the shortest time frame possible. This means that choosing the right bait to encourage your little guy to hopefully get caught up in the trap is a very important factor that you will need to take into consideration. Think about it - if nothing catches the skunks eye, it is not going to go anywhere near the trap, is it? Skunks are scavengers by nature so in reality, you could probably chuck any number of things in the trap to work as a tasty lure, but as with most wild animals, there will be some foods that work better than others. In order to figure out what works for your skunk, you should take a look at what he is doing in your yard. Is he stealing your cat or dog food? Is he scrambling around in your fruit trees trying to steal your delicious fruits? Is he rooting through garbage can and making a mess? The answers to these questions will help you to identify the food that he loves, and in turn you can effectively use them as bait. For example, if you are constantly finding that your pet food has been stolen, these foods will more than likely work as bait. If he is more than happy to root through your garbage to get to leftover meats, they will be good enough for the traps. Skunks also love sweet, sugary food such as fruits, so maybe thrown a couple of kiwi fruits, a handful of strawberries, and an apple or two would work too.
Ottumwa Wildlife Tip #2:
Opossum noises - defeat the beast! - Sick of possums living uninvited into your home? You're done trying to encourage the thing to leave; you've already tried radios, sprinkler systems, lights, deterrent liquids, electronic gadgets - all to no avail. It's time to give up your "soft" hands and put your war cap on. You WILL defeat this beast! You are going to need to have a plan. No captain can go into war, especially against a beast of this nature, without at least having a game plan! That's the trick to defeating the humble possum - you are going to need education on your side. So, what helpful tips are going to help you beat the possum in the war over your yard or home? Well, the first of these is, of course, to know when the possum is going to be at its most mobile. They are nocturnal, so you will usually find that the creature will be leaving your home or yard at around 9-11pm at night, and returning back to the comfort of their bed at around 4-6am. This means that whatever removal method you are going for, this is the time to put your plans into action. If you are looking for a lure or bait for your removal war tactics, you should look towards pet food. The possum loves to steal the food from right under your pets nose, so use this evil habit against the animal! You could also throw in some fruit, especially the real juicy, sugary ones; they seem to love that. They also love human leftovers, so really, you have many things at your disposal.
Iowa Wildlife Information:
Iowa State bird: Eastern goldfinch
State amphibian: North American bullfrog
State fish: Channel catfish
Iowa is a central state in the Midwest, and its location has given it the nickname "America's heartland". Despite being a naturally flat state which used to have plentiful forests, Iowa has given up much of its natural habitats in favor of agriculture. Now, forests only cover 7 percent of the entire state, often in the river valleys only where farming isn't practical or easy. Thirty percent of the state is still grassland, but only 1 percent of that 30 is original prairie land. More than half of the state-at 60 percent-is active farmland. The weather in this region is warm and humid during the summers with cold, snowy winters. Thunderstorms are common on a daily basis in the warm weather.
Unlike other states with grasslands, Iowa no longer has many of the large grazing creatures that loved to live on the plains. Elk and bison have long since been extirpated from the state due to heavy deforestation and land conversion. Only white-tailed deer remain, and these were once wiped off Iowa soil as well. The species was re-introduced and has thrived, but it is still uncommon in some areas.
Despite the lack of large grazers, predators have fared better in Iowa that in other states. For a while, there was thought to be no evidence of mountain lions or gray wolves, but the large cats have been making a comeback. Experts feel there may now be a breeding population in the state. Smaller predators, like bobcats and coyotes, live off the plentiful small animals that live around the countryside. There are plenty of rabbits, prairie dogs, and raccoons to keep the carnivores happy.
An abundance of small animals means an abundance of pest animals, and Iowa is no exception. The state has raccoons, bats, squirrels, mice, rats, and opossums. Spotted skunks are protected by the state, but they can still become pest animals.
Unfortunately, Iowa has lost many of its native animals due to the progressive nature of humans. A number of animals are on the endangered species list including bald eagles, flying squirrels, bats, certain owls, and a number of lizards, insects, fish, and reptiles. While the original agriculture move ousted many of the state's species, Iowa is taking steps to protect the remaining wildlife.
You can always call Wildlife Removal Southeast Iowa, any time of day, at 515-639-3314, for a price quote for Ottumwa wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Ottumwa, IA.