If you have a problem with wildlife in your Santa Maria 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 California and Santa Maria, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Santa Barbara County Animal Services: (805) 681-5285
CA Wildlife Control 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 CA Wildlife Control 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 805-308-9663 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:
CA Wildlife Control is a full-service Santa Maria wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Santa Maria pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. CA Wildlife Control 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.
Santa Maria 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 Santa Maria raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at CA Wildlife Control. 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 Santa Maria 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 Santa Maria 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 Santa Maria 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 Santa Maria pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Santa Maria 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 Santa Maria trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Santa Maria 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. CA Wildlife Control does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by CA Wildlife Control. 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. CA Wildlife Control also provides dead animal removal in Santa Maria. 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 Santa Maria 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 Santa Maria. And remember, we are a private business, not Santa Barbara County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (805) 681-5285. Santa Barbara 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.
Santa Maria Wildlife Tip #1:
What kind of damage can a possum do? - The possum is a weird and wonderful creature with a very interesting history and some rather bizarre biological facts. On top of this however, it also has the uncanny ability to make pretty much any place its home, making it one of the fastest growing problems in the United States. This animal will live practically anywhere, from the attic of your home, to the basement, the walls, the porch and under the patios, and even in outbuildings such as external toilets, garages and sheds. It would be safe to assume that this creature, once it has inhabited your home or land, is going to be a real pain in the backside. You need to first have a look at how big the possum is - around the same size as your run of the mill house cat. Now multiply the problems that you would find with a housecat by tend and you have some idea of the destruction that can be caused. The possum will have no problems tipping over your garbage can while trying to have a good rummage through the contents. It also has some pretty mean looking teeth and incredibly sharp claws which means your screen doors are going to meet their match, as well as the dry wall in your home, electrical wiring, personal possessions and much more. Of course, it would be wrong to talk about the damage that a possum can do without first taking into consideration the diseases that this animal can carry, as well as the fact that it is often a carrier of fleas, ticks and mites. Also, on top of all of these things, your possum is likely to die in your home which is going to require a pretty heft clean up job, in some cases as far as ripping out insulation and hacking down your drywall!
Santa Maria Wildlife Tip #2:
What sort of bait catches a unwanted stray cat? - A lot of people become all too consumed with trapping unwanted stray cats and other wild creatures once they have inhabited their homes or yards, but in reality, rather than focusing on removing that particular problem from your life, you should rather look at removing the problem altogether, by combining the trapping and removal of the creature, as well as preventative measures to ensure that the problem is removed altogether. While looking at the right bait to catch a unwanted stray cat, such as cat or dog food, leftovers from dinner, seeds, fruit and road kill, you should also look at taking some of the following preventative measures: Make sure that all routes into your home or yard are sealed to prevent further access. It will prove harder to wildlife-proof your yard, but there are a few things that you can do to protect your home. For example, making sure that your windows are covered with screens that cannot be easily opened, any chimney tops and entrances to air conditioning units are correctly covered, and also by generally making sure there are no openings to your home. Use things like artificial creatures to deter any potential threats from your land. This could be an owl sat in a tree, a hawk on the roof of your home, or even a snake in the flower garden. These are not guaranteed to work, of course; the animals aren't stupid. However, it is one tool that you have at your disposal that is worth a shot. Use things like cayenne pepper sprinkled around your fruit trees and gardens. Most animals don't like substances like this, and even if you can't avoid the threat of a unwanted stray cat, you can at least avoid the threat of other animals!
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 CA Wildlife Control, any time of day, at 805-308-9663, for a price quote for Santa Maria wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Santa Maria, CA.