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Professional Wildlife Removal Company Servicing San Diego, CA

San Diego Wildlife Animal Control

If you are having a problem with wildlife in your San Diego home, your best option is to hire a company that specializes in California 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 San Diego, and I recommend the following:

The Wildlife Specialist
Cell Phone: 858-257-3420

NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call San Diego County Animal Services: (619) 299-7012



The Wildlife Specialist specializes primarily in removing animals from attics of homes and buildings - this includes squirrels in attics, raccoons, and rats or mice in homes. California also has a documented problem with bats in buildings, and The Wildlife Specialist 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 858-257-3420 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 California and San Diego 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


The Wildlife Specialist is a full-service San Diego wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular San Diego pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all similar to wildlife removal. The Wildlife Specialist 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.

  San Diego wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in California 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 California law. We offer San Diego raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
  Animals in attics - this is our specialty at The Wildlife Specialist. 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 San Diego 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 San Diego 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 San Diego rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
  Bat removal is a highly specialized task. California 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 San Diego pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is San Diego 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 San Diego trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a San Diego 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. The Wildlife Specialist does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by The Wildlife Specialist. 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. The Wildlife Specialist also provides dead animal removal in San Diego. 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 San Diego snake removal - most of the snakes in California are not venomous, but call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes in San Diego. And remember, we are a private business, not San Diego County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (619) 299-7012. San Diego County animal services does not handle any wildlife issues.

The Wildlife Specialist
Cell Phone: 858-257-3420
We service the San Diego region, including the cities of Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside, Poway, downtown San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach, Vista, and more.
San Diego Wildlife Tip #1:
What to do about a possum or skunk under your house? - So you think you have a possum or skunk living under your home and you are not sure what to do! Don't panic, ladies and gentleman, for help is at hand. There are a few easy steps to resolve this pesky problem, and as long as you follow these directions, you will be possum or skunk-free in next to no time at all! Get yourself some heavy duty, durable material. Why? To block up the holes that the possum or skunk is using to gain access to your home, of course! You could use a number of materials, but you must make sure that the possum or skunk cannot claw or nibble through it. Try looking at vinyl, stucco, mesh wiring, or wood.

1. Look around your home for holes. It could be something as large as a gaping hole in the side of your home, or something as small as a drain, air conditioning unit, or even an open window with a broken screen door.

2.Try to work out which of the holes your possum or skunk is using, and if they are using more than one, the one that they are using the most. This will take a little investigative work, but it will be worth it in the end, we promise you!

3. Block up all of the holes with the material that you bought, with the exception of the most used hole. Why not this hole? Well, if you do block this hole up as well, you are going to be blocking the creature underneath your home, and very soon it will die of starvation if nothing else. Then your home is going to stink and you are going to kick yourself!

4. Using the most used hole, place a trap nearby and bait it. Lay in wait until you have caught the creature.

5. Once the animal has been caught, block up the final hole and you should have put a stop to the rather annoying possum or skunk problem!

San Diego Wildlife Tip #2:
Why do opossums go under houses? - If we asked you to make a list of all the things that you loved about your house, what would it include? Would it be things like the good schools nearby for your kids to have a good education in, or the local parks that your kids love to play in? Perhaps it is the trees outside that make the entire neighborhood look so pretty, or the fact that there was a grocery store just around the corner that was open late night. There are probably a hundred and one reasons why you chose to live in the house that you live in, and when you think about it logically, these same reasons could be the answer to the question - why do opossums go under houses? The opossum is looking for exactly the same features from a home as you are - they want a steady supply of food. They may not have a seven-eleven just around the corner but what they do have is the cat or dog food that you leave out, the garbage can that you throw your leftovers in, and also the kitchen when you so happily leave the door open in the warmer weather. On top of food, an opossum will want the perfect place to raise their young - it needs to be in a place that predators and other threats cannot easily get to, a place that is both warm in the colder weather, yet cool in the hotter weather, that is nicely protected from the rain and snow, and also allows the animal somewhere comfortable for him or her to rest their weary heads. These are all things that your home, and to be more precise, the areas under your houses have to offer so essentially, when you look at your own reasons for wanting to move in, you pretty much answer your own question!

California Wildlife Information:

California State bird: California quail
State mammal: California grizzly bear and the grey whale
State reptile: Desert tortoise
State fish: Golden trout and Garibaldi
State insect: California dogface butterfly

California is home to the infamous redwood tree, a plant so large it could easily accommodate a road through the center of it. These trees make up one of the most spectacular national forests in the United States and provide shelter to thousands of different animal species. Like smaller forests around the country, the redwoods house raccoons, squirrels, porcupines, and rabbits. Prey and predator animals abound, and California has its fair share of grizzly bear sightings.

All of these animals can become potential pests for homeowners living on the fringes of such a massive nature preserve. Rural residents are accustomed to securing garbage cans and basements to prevent a curious skunk or gopher from moving in. But forest animals aren't the only creatures known to cause trouble in this coastal state. California has to do daily battle with marine and semiaquatic life.

While shy and often unapproachable, sea lions and seals are abundant on the beaches. These animals draw to them gulls by the hundreds, and the resulting piles of droppings are not what most tourists head to the beach to see. Restaurants also have issues with the bold and pesky seagulls. Special netting and bird spikes are the only practical way to keep diners free of bird poop without chasing away patrons.

California isn't just about being warm. While this state has steady, mild temperatures for most of the months of the year, there are high elevations which see frigid temperatures and persisting snow. Such a variable climate makes the state a perfect location for a diverse population of animals. Not only can creatures like coyotes and bears survive in the colder regions, salamanders and frogs abound in the areas where sun and warm are the norm.

As a tourist state, California has a large population, and such a significant amount of people means eventually having human-wildlife conflicts. The most common critters that have to be removed from California homes are raccoons, bats, pigeons, skunks, and a variety of birds including woodpeckers, swallows, and seagulls. Honeybees are also an issue for homeowners in California. If you think it's difficult to button up a home

You can always call The Wildlife Specialist, any time of day, at 858-257-3420, for a price quote for San Diego wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in San Diego, CA.

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