If you have a problem with wildlife in your Petoskey home, your best option is to hire a company that specializes in Michigan 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 Michigan and Petoskey, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Emmet County Animal Services: (231) 582-6667
Hogarth Wildlife Removal specializes primarily in removing animals from attics of homes and buildings - this includes squirrels in attics, raccoons, and rats or mice in homes. Michigan also has a documented problem with
bats in buildings, and Hogarth Wildlife Removal 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 231-421-7970 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:
Hogarth Wildlife Removal is a full-service Petoskey wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Petoskey pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. Hogarth Wildlife Removal 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.
Petoskey wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in Michigan 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 Michigan law. We offer Petoskey raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Hogarth Wildlife Removal. 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 Petoskey 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 Petoskey 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 Petoskey rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
Bat removal is a highly specialized task. Michigan 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 Petoskey pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Petoskey 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 Petoskey trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Petoskey 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. Hogarth Wildlife Removal does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Hogarth Wildlife Removal. 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. Hogarth Wildlife Removal also provides dead animal removal in Petoskey. 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 Petoskey snake removal - most of the snakes in Michigan are not venomous, but call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes in Petoskey. And remember, we are a private business, not Emmet County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (231) 582-6667. Emmet 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.
Petoskey Wildlife Tip #1:
What pest control company handles unwanted nuisance wild animals? - Do you have a problem with a rather pesky unwanted nuisance wild animal? If you do, there is no need to panic, you just need to call the professionals, and in this case, you are going to want to look for a pest control company or a wildlife control expert. Of course, you could always try and catch the critter yourself, but unless you are willing to do your research, there is a good chance that you will not be successful. Thankfully, with a little bit of research, you will find plenty of wildlife control companies and professionals in your area, and all you need to do is have a look around. The phone book may prove to be helpful; as will be the internet, but there will be a few things that you will need to take a look for: Firstly, have a look around the company's website and also on the search engine for reviews of the services they have to offer. A bad review will not always mean a bad service, of course, but if there are a few, it may be wise to look elsewhere. You will find that there is more than one way to skin a cat, as the old saying goes, and you will want to find the right person to deal with your problem in the right manner. Secondly, what does the company actually offer with their services? Some companies will offer a full service which will normally include the trapping and removal of your unwanted nuisance wild animal problem, as well as a cleanup operation to remove urine and feces, as well as blocking all holes and entrances to avoid the problem from being a reoccurring one. Some other companies however, will only offer some of these services, and they may not always be the best choice. Lastly, take a look around for prices - some companies may offer you a good deal, but you may not find that the service will be right for you. At the same time, a more expensive service doesn't always guarantee complete success.
Petoskey Wildlife Tip #2:
Skunk trapped in the yard - Sometimes skunks get into areas where we don't want them, and one of those areas can be the fenced-in yard. Sometimes you can't figure out how the animal got inside the barrier, but there it is, wandering around the perimeter, looking for a way out. The easiest way to handle this situation is to go outside and open up the gate in the fence. The skunk will eventually find its way out. Don't be afraid to go out into the yard; skunks will only spray if they feel cornered and threatened. If you're on one end of the yard and the skunk is on the other, chances are you won't have to worry about the animal spraying you. If you have a back yard that doesn't have a proper gate, or another way to let the skunk out, your best option is to call in a professional to remove the animal. You can try to trap it and then remove it yourself, but this will require waiting a few days for the skunk to settle down and eat the bait you use in the trap.
Michigan Wildlife Information:
Michigan State bird: American robin
State mammal: White-tailed deer
State reptile: Painted turtle
State fish: Brook trout
Michigan is a state that tends to get bombarded with snow and storms due to its location in the arms of the Great Lakes. The state is also relatively flat, though it has a nice mix of grassland and forest and some moderate hills. Pine trees are numerous in this part of the country, and they provide shelter for the plentiful animals that must survive a long, cold winter. Most of the state experiences a short, warm summer, but it is often filled with storms coming in off the bordering lakes. Due to the long winters and the cooler overall temperatures, most of the animals in this state are ones that are comfortable surviving in poor conditions when food is covered by feet of snow.
Michigan is densely populated in the regions along the Great Lakes, but it offers a fair share of wilderness areas as well. In these sparsely populated zones you will find large grazing animals like elk, mule deer, and white-tailed deer. These herbivores ultimately draw in predators like cougars, wolves, coyotes, and bears. It's not common for bears to prey on the young of large grazers, but if food is scarce the bears can be agile, dangerous hunters. Such large creatures are not usually the concern of homeowners, even those in rural settings. Wolves and coyotes can be dangerous during seasons when food is limited. Some coyotes will adapt to urban settings. These canines are considered significantly more dangerous than coyotes in the wild. An urban coyote will not hesitate to scale a fence with the purpose of attacking a house pet.
Large animals, though they can be pests, are not as troublesome as smaller creatures like raccoons and skunks. There are a number of animals that will invade a home. Raccoons, opossums, squirrels, rats, and mice are the most frequent offenders. In Michigan, there are also Indiana bats. These small bats are very rare and disturbing one of their roosts-even if it's in your own home-is illegal.
Aquatic animals are also found in this state. River otters are very common, along with beavers and muskrats. Michigan has the water shrew, too, a large semi-aquatic rodent that is active at night near streams and lakes, and only has a lifespan of about 18 months.
You can always call Hogarth Wildlife Removal, any time of day, at 231-421-7970, for a price quote for Petoskey wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Petoskey, MI.