If you have a problem with wildlife in your Sussex County home, your best option is to hire a company that specializes in Delaware 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 Delaware and Sussex County, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call the County Animal Services: (302) 255-4646
Bay Area Wildlife specializes primarily in removing animals from attics of homes and buildings - this includes squirrels in attics, raccoons, and rats or mice in homes. Delaware also has a documented problem with
bats in buildings, and Bay Area Wildlife 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 302-725-0165 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 2023.
When hiring a company to solve your wild animal problem, you want these features:
Bay Area Wildlife is a full-service Sussex County wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Sussex County pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. Bay Area Wildlife 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.
Sussex County wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in Delaware 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 Delaware law. We offer Sussex County raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Bay Area Wildlife. 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 Sussex County 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 Sussex County 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 Sussex County rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
Bat removal is a highly specialized task. Delaware 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 Sussex County pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Sussex County 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 Sussex County trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Sussex County 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. Bay Area Wildlife does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Bay Area Wildlife. 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. Bay Area Wildlife also provides dead animal removal in Sussex County. 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 Sussex County snake removal - most of the snakes in Delaware are not venomous, but call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes in Sussex County. And remember, we are a private business, not the County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (302) 255-4646. the 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.
Sussex County Wildlife Tip #1:
What to do about a rodent on the roof
You are sitting in your home and hear skittering and running around the roof and attic of your home. It could be squirrels, or it might be another roof denizen, RATTUS RATTUS, also known as roof rats. As their name implies roof rats live up, trees, in rafters, your attic or on rooftops. Roof rats are a very dark brown to black with long scaly tails, big ears, and a pointed snout. You see them out running around if there are so many that their hidings spaces are overrun with other rats. To confirm roof rats look for Droppings and greasy deposits that are produced as the oils in their fur rub on the edge of the roof. You may also find a nest made from trash and insulation. Roof rat's nests are usually made in insulation like that found in attics. Roof rats are superior climbers and live high. They adapt quickly and are quite nimble. You will find them living in large communes with a specific pecking order. They prefer to eat fruit, but will eat anything including each other if they must. They begin breeding at 3 months and females have about 35 young per year. One males will breed with multiple females.
Everyone knows squirrels are avid climbers and can use tree branches as their personal superhighway. If a tree branch overhangs your roof, the squirrels will take advantage of this to have a look around. Squirrels are not going to nest on your roof or stay there anymore than the rats will, but both may use the chance to find an entrance into your attic. Squirrels and roof rats, like many creatures, look for dry, secure spaces out of the weather to make a nest. Your attic is perfect for this. If you have a squirrel or roof rat on your roof, you can tell by the signs, like the sounds of running on your roof, droppings on and around the roof, or by sighting a rat or squirrel from outside on your roof.
Whether you have roof rats or a squirrel, you need to get rid of them before the move in. Check your attic, if they have not moved in you are in luck. That means they probably do not have a way in yet. In that case, you need to eliminate the means to access your roof. Cut back any trees that overhang the roof. Remove vines, trellis, or piles of wood and debris that would allow them to climb to the roof. If you have wires going to your roof use plastic tubing slit up the middle to cover the wires or cable. The rodents will try to walk the wires and the pipe will spin throwing them to the ground. Inspect the exterior of your home frequently to keep these problems from happening again.
Sussex County Wildlife Tip #2:
Delaware Wildlife Information:
Delaware has about 800 different species of wildlife and in 2015 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved an action plan created by the state to protect local fish and animal species with conservation efforts. Not only do animals receive direct care, their natural habitat is conserved for future generations.
You can always call Bay Area Wildlife, any time of day, at 302-725-0165, for a price quote for Sussex County wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Sussex County, DE.