If you have a problem with wildlife in your Watsonville 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 Watsonville, and I recommend the following:
NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Santa Cruz County Animal Services: (831) 454-7200
Terra X Pest Services 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 Terra X Pest Services 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 831-585-1640 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:
Terra X Pest Services is a full-service Watsonville wildlife removal company. This is very different from a regular Watsonville pest control company. The pest control companies spray poison to kill insects. This is not at all
similar to wildlife removal. Terra X Pest Services 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.
Watsonville 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 Watsonville raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Terra X Pest Services. 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 Watsonville 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 Watsonville 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 Watsonville 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 Watsonville pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Watsonville 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 Watsonville trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Watsonville 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. Terra X Pest Services does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Terra X Pest Services. 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. Terra X Pest Services also provides dead animal removal in Watsonville. 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 Watsonville 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 Watsonville. And remember, we are a private business, not Santa Cruz County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at (831) 454-7200. Santa Cruz 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.
Watsonville Wildlife Tip #1:
How To Get Squirrels Out Of A Wall
Squirrels are incredible climbers. We are familiar with their speed; they scurry on the slightest noise and can climb down the trees headfirst. They climb up and down the walls and chimneys headfirst. The squirrels are accustomed to the surroundings that we live in and they love to live inside the houses in the walls, in attics, ceilings, eaves and even soffits. If you hear scampering of little feet up and down within your walls, mostly during the daytime and the evening, you definitely have squirrels within the walls of your home.
The squirrels have sharp teeth and it is vital for them to grind their continuously growing teeth. If they are living in the attic they will find a way within your walls. They look for weaknesses in the ceiling mostly where the electrical wires lead to the ceiling light, they will take this opportunity to chew their way to your room. Make it a routine to check for holes under your eaves, which can be used by the squirrels.
The best way to drive away squirrels from your home is to cover and seal all the entry points. However, it is easier said than done. If you do not want these furry creatures sealed inside your home, so it would be intelligent on your part to observe their habits, it might come in handy once you decide to take action.
Know the Squirrel
When do they go out to look for food during the day or night? The time when they are out is the best time for you to seal up all their entry points and doorways. You can take the help of the local cooperative extension service for more information on these species and about their habits in your surroundings. Squirrels can jump and leap to quite a good distance. The shrubs or trees and their branches growing around your surroundings should be at least 5 feet away from your home. Squirrels can make their way in through any small openings. Keep an eye on their movements and look for cracks or holes in your home's exterior from which they come in and out.
Seal All the Entry Points
Observing your squirrels' habits have now made you familiar with its habits. As you come to know when the squirrels come and go, seal all the openings except for the one that they use the most. You can use some of the ideas below to seal the entry points. The squirrels have sharp teeth and easily gnaw so use metal sheets, stainless steel mesh and aluminium flashings to seal the openings. The foam or caulk from the sealant can come in handy to close the holes. Once you are sure all the squirrels are out of your home, seal their main entry.
Look for their Nest
It is not easy to get rid of mother squirrels having a litter of babies. Make sure you don't seal a mother squirrel out leaving its nest inside especially within the walls; you might end with dead baby squirrels within your walls. You don't want a stinky house.
If you find a squirrel family residing in your home it is humane to leave them for at least two months after which the young squirrels get old enough to crawl out themselves. Otherwise take help of professionals to trap and remove them.
Watsonville Wildlife Tip #2:
Trapping A Wild animal In The Yard - One of the most common pest animals to be found in the south east of the USA is the wild animal, and one of the main reasons that people can get frustrated is that they can cause a lot of damage in the yard. In some cases the wild animal will be attracted by garbage bags that have strong smelling food in them, while in other situations they will be attracted by the number of insects and worms they can catch in the lawn. The first step for people trying to catch such an wild animal is to check the perimeter of the yard to see if there is one point that the wild animal is using to get in, as this will often be the best place to locate the trap. If there is no obvious point of entry, then its possible that the animal is actually burrowing in the yard itself, so it is worth checking to make sure that the animal isn't actually living in the yard itself. If this is the case, then placing the trap over the main entry point to the burrow that the wild animal is using will often be enough to catch the animal. It is also worth considering using bait in the trap, with earthworms often proving successful.
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 Terra X Pest Services, any time of day, at 831-585-1640, for a price quote for Watsonville wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Watsonville, CA.