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Professional Wildlife Removal Company Servicing Waukegan, IL

Waukegan Wildlife Animal Control

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

Illinois Wildlife Services
Cell Phone: 847-850-2388

NOTE: If you have a dog or cat problem, call Lake County Animal Services: 847.945.0235



Illinois Wildlife Services specializes primarily in removing animals from attics of homes and buildings - this includes squirrels in attics, raccoons, and rats or mice in homes. Illinois also has a documented problem with bats in buildings, and Illinois Wildlife 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 847-850-2388 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 Illinois and Lake 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


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

  Waukegan wildlife trapping - it's not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in Illinois 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 Illinois law. We offer Waukegan raccoon removal. Read more about how to get rid of raccoons.
  Animals in attics - this is our specialty at Illinois Wildlife 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 Waukegan 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 Waukegan 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 Waukegan rat removal. Read more about how to get rid of rats.
  Bat removal is a highly specialized task. Illinois 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 Waukegan pigeon removal and bird control. But our specialty is Waukegan 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 Waukegan trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a Waukegan 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. Illinois Wildlife Services does both.
The above are just some of the services offered by Illinois Wildlife 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. Illinois Wildlife Services also provides dead animal removal in Waukegan. 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 Waukegan snake removal - most of the snakes in Illinois are not venomous, but call us if you want safe removal, or read about how to get rid of snakes in Waukegan. And remember, we are a private business, not Lake County Animal Control Services, so if you have a dog or cat problem, call the County at 847.945.0235. Lake County animal services does not handle any wildlife issues.

Illinois Wildlife Services
Cell Phone: 847-850-2388

Waukegan Wildlife Tip #1:
Getting rid of roof rats - It can be challenging to get rid of roof rats simply because many people do not know they are inside until things are out of control. Roof rats are excellent climbers and will often enter a home through damaged vents or eaves near the roof. They like to live in the empty spaces above the building's main rooms because people rarely visit those locations. Not only is everything quite, there are no predators and food is readily available from the people below. You can get rid of rats in a few ways depending on how accessible they are to you. If the rats are in an area like the attic, setting up snap traps will be your best method for removal. Snap traps are humane and effective. They can be set in areas where you have noticed rat droppings or urine marks. If the rats are not easily accessible, your next option is to install a one way door on the area of the roof where they are living. Keep in mind that rats are bale to chew through most substances, and if you exclude them, they will make an attempt to get back inside. Using a one way door attached to a trap may be the most efficient means to handle rats that aren't easily located inside the home.

Waukegan Wildlife Tip #2:
Trapping a possum - kill traps - If you are having serious issues with a possum that simply won't go away, you could consider using kill traps. As the name suggests, kill traps are ways of trapping a possum so that they are exterminated, rather than alive and with the need to relocate. Although there are more humane methods to remove the possum from your land or property, this is a favored option for a few, and it makes sense to know how to use them properly to ensure that everything goes according to plan. As long as they are used properly, kill traps for trapping a possum will kill the animal quickly and painlessly, and as long as all instructions are followed word for word, are relatively easy and pain free to set up. However, you may find that these simple tips may give you a helping hand to get everything done as soon as possible: Bait - try not to use meat as your bait when trapping a possum with kill traps. This could potentially attract other animals that you have no interest in trapping. Ideally, you will want to use fruit; perhaps try kiwi or apples? Time - you will want to place traps around in the later stages of the evening so that it is still light enough to see what you are doing safely, but still early enough to catch the possums before they head out on their nightly trails. They normally wake up to forage for food at around 9pm, and will return back to their beds for around 4am. Security - When you put the kill traps for trapping a possum on the ground, you will want to ensure it is tightly pegged to the floor so it cannot move. The same applies for traps that you are putting up higher - always make sure that it is securely attached to a tree or similar. Kids and pets - Always make sure that your kids and your household pets are safely inside the home before you set these traps up. You are trying to catch and kill a possum, after all, not your favorite pet! Sense - Use your head when you are using and setting up these kill traps. Always read all instructions given to you, don't test it out with your fingers because they will be broken by the traps, and at the same time, don't be stupid.

Illinois Wildlife Information:

Illinois State bird: Northern cardinal
State mammal: White-tailed deer
State reptile: Painted turtle
State amphibian: Flarebutt Salamander
State fish: Bluegill
State insect: Monarch butterfly

Illinois, a long state near the bottom of the Great Lakes, experiences hot summers and cold winters. How harsh your season is depends on where you are located; the northern residents receiving cooler temperatures and more snow than the southern residents. As a humid, flat tract of land, Illinois is prone to tornados and violent thunderstorms. It is primarily covered in farm land and supports a large population of grazing animals. The plains are also known to encourage the proliferation of prairie dogs. These cute, intelligent little creatures are surprisingly problematic for farmers, digging tunnels beneath equipment and compromising the integrity of buildings. Pest control for this species is a daunting task; a prairie dog city can contain thousands of members.

The entirety of Illinois is not just grass. There are forests in the state, and the local governments have been proactive about planting trees to help prevent erosion. In these forests, just like in most forests, raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, opossum, snakes, and chipmunks live, waiting to find a way to invade homeowner's yards. In reality, the most common offenders are raccoons. Because of how intelligent these critters are, the raccoon can live happily in an urban setting, feeding off of garbage and other edible waste. Raccoons aren't the only problem animals city dwellers need to worry about, however. Rats are just as common in Illinois as any other state. If left uncontrolled, the animals could easily overrun many of the city streets. Thankfully, rats have learned to remain in their sewers when humans are around.

There are not many large predators in Illinois due to excessive hunting and deliberate removal by state authorities. Wolves and cougars were once native to the region. While the cougar is slowly being reintroduced, it is the coyote that claims the title of top predator in this plains state. Coyotes can be just as pesky as rats when it comes down to invading a property. Because of the large number of farms in Illinois, homeowners need to be on constant watch for the opportunistic coyote. These canines won't hesitate to sneak inside the lawn and snatch a pet or a chicken. In most locations, a coyote in the yard threatening pets or children can be shot on sight. This, of course, depends on where you live, as discharging a firearm in the city is likely to be frowned on.

You can always call Illinois Wildlife Services, any time of day, at 847-850-2388, for a price quote for Waukegan wildlife control services. I am confident that this is the best choice amongst wildlife removal companies in Waukegan, IL.

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