If you have a problem with wildlife in your Pittsfield home, your best option is to hire a company that specializes in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts and Pittsfield, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Berkshire County Animal Services: (413) 447-7878
AAAC Wildlife Professionals specializes primarily in removing animals from attics of homes and buildings - this includes squirrels in attics, raccoons, and rats or mice in homes. Massachusetts also has a documented problem with
bats in buildings, and AAAC Wildlife Professionals 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 413-372-1770 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:
AAAC Wildlife Professionals is a full-service Pittsfield wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Pittsfield pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. AAAC Wildlife Professionals 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.
Pittsfield wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts law. We offer Pittsfield raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at AAAC Wildlife Professionals. 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 Pittsfield 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 Pittsfield 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 Pittsfield rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
Bat removal is a highly specialized task. Massachusetts 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 Pittsfield pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Pittsfield 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 Pittsfield trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Pittsfield 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. AAAC Wildlife Professionals does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by AAAC Wildlife Professionals. 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. AAAC Wildlife Professionals also provides dead animal removal in Pittsfield. 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 Pittsfield snake removal - most of the snakes in Massachusetts are not venomous, but call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes in Pittsfield. And remember, we are a private business, not Berkshire County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (413) 447-7878. Berkshire 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.
Pittsfield Wildlife Tip #1:
What to do about rodents in the attic - There are plenty of methods that you can use in order to remove a pesky rodent from your attic. You could choose to call a wildlife professional to come and professional remove the animal, as well as performing a clear up and blocking any entrances. You could even choose to do all of the hard work yourself - trapping the animal, releasing it in a legal and safe new environment, blocking up the holes, etc. For some people however, getting rid of a rodent means extermination, and although it is neither humane nor easy, it can be effective in some cases. Of course, there are a few problems that you should expect to run into when using poison to kill a rodent. Firstly, death will not be instant, and in some cases can take up to as much as four weeks to work on the animal. This means that not only will the death be a very painful one, but it will also last for a while, which in turn means you are going to have no idea of where the creature actually laid to rest. You will soon realize when the creature has died though - you will smell it. Just call any local wildlife professional and they will tell you a whole bunch of stories of DIY poison jobs that have gone wrong, with an animal being left decomposing in a cavern in the house somewhere. This means that you can smell it but you can't get to it, certainly not without removing entire sections of attic insulation or hacking apart massive drywall chunks. There is a myth that using poisons dedicated to killing mice and rats will actually cause the animal to dehydrate so when it dies and begins to decompose, it will not smell. This is just that - a myth, and trust us when we say that when this animal dies in your attic or home, you are most definitely going to smell it.
Pittsfield Wildlife Tip #2:
Snake feces photos - There is no photo that is going to help you determine just what kind of snake is in your yard. Snake feces are often moist and full of the indigestible remnants of small animals. Aside from the white urea cap that may be present, snake feces resembles the droppings of many other carnivores. There are also a number of animals that leave long, tubular piles of solid waste, but a snake is not usually one of them. Because of the lack of plant fiber in their digestive tract, snake poop is usually just a piled mess of wet excrement. The liquid state of this waste is further exaggerated by the fact that snakes use one orifice to eliminate both solid and liquid materials. The cloaca, the opening at the base of the tail, is the equivalent of a rectum and a urethra combined. Because it is so infrequent to actually see snake poop, consider the chance that your discovery may belong to another small carnivore. Try to eliminate other animals from the list of culprits before you decide that you have a snake around your property. Chances are that you do have a snake, but not because you found questionable droppings. If you live in the country, you will see snakes around your yard. They are a part of the ecosystem, and there is no eliminating them.
Massachusetts Wildlife Information:
Massachusetts State bird: Black-capped chickadee, wild turkey
State mammal: Right whale
State reptile: Garter snake
State fish: Cod
State insect: 7-spotted ladybug
Massachusetts is one of the smallest states, having only a little more than 10,000 square miles of land. This land was once heavily forested with both pine and hardwood trees, but early agriculture stripped the region almost completely bare of forest. Now, there are only a few groups of old woods, and most of the forested areas are secondary growth. Still, abandon farmland has reverted a little more than half of the state back to forest. The loss of trees chased many species out of Massachusetts, and some native animals, like elk, wolves, cougars, and wolverines, are considered extinct now in the state. The regrowth of trees has lured back in moose and black bear, two large animals that had also been missing since the deforestation.
The young forest vegetation is fantastic for the proliferation of wild turkey, and there are flocks of the birds in most of the state from coastal plain to the edge of the Appalachian Mountains. Turkeys are considered a species of wild game and can be hunted during certain seasons. Incredibly acute hearing makes them difficult to sneak up on, and they can pinpoint a sound from hundreds of meters away. Their eyesight, however, is not particularly good.
Life on the Atlantic coast means dealing with the marine animals that love the oceans. Massachusetts has several large bays that make up its coastline. In these bays, there are numerous seal species, whales, lobster, dolphins, and walruses. The marine animals are rarely nuisances, but seals and walruses have been known to bask near homeowner's docks. The real pests on the coastline are the seagulls. These birds have become bold, and when they aren't hunting in the sand for small crustaceans, they will steal food right out of people's hands.
Anywhere in the state, at any time, there are numerous raccoons looking for places to steal food from or shelters to have a litter of babies. Raccoons usually leave the woods to have their young, and Massachusetts is no exception, especially because it is lacking old, wide, dead trees. If the female raccoon doesn't feel the forest is safe, she'll be looking for an attic. Other home invaders in the state are rats, squirrels, mice, skunks, and opossums. At any time, there might be a woodchuck or a wayward porcupine out in the yard.
You can always call AAAC Wildlife Professionals, any time of day, at 413-372-1770, for a price quote for Pittsfield wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Pittsfield, MA.