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Types of Wildlife Control Services

Solving a problem with unwanted wildlife takes a whole lot more than just setting a cage trap on the ground. Most cases of wild animal conflict involve unique scenarios and situations - especially when the wildlife is inside a home or attic. Wildlife control is a specialty field, and the companies that I have worked with over the years specialize in many important services, including the following:

General Wildlife Trapping
  Wildlife trapping is not as simple as it may seem. It's illegal in many states to trap without a license. Trap type is very important and there are many different types, bait is somewhat relevant, trap placement is vital, setting techniques are critical, and there are dozens of small things that are very important to know. Amateurs make dozens of small mistakes they don't even realize. The animal's welfare is important. Your safety is a concern. Then once the animal is trapped, it must be removed and dealt with in the proper manner according to state law.

Animals in the Attic
  Animals in attics - this where experience really matters. 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, partly because of the number of places animals can get into buildings, and the types of traps needed to properly remove them. In the photo to the left, I've set a repeater trap, mounted right on a squirrel entry/exit hole, one of dozens of techniques for proper removal of attic critters.

Damage and Exclusion Repairs
  If you have animals inside a house, no job is complete without proper exclusion repairs. In fact, for squirrel and rodent control, most of the repairs are made prior to the trapping, which makes the job much more efficient. If you simply hire a trapper who only removes the critters, then the problem will return. You need to hire a wildlife control company that identifies 100% of the animal entry points into your building, and seals them shut with professional repairs. I use steel screen or flashing and sealant, to make your home critter proof, with guarantee.

Attic Cleanup and Decontamination
  When animals live in your attic, they drag in food, nesting material, but much worse, they urinate and defecate everywhere. I've seen attics that look like a sewer, filled with hundreds or thousands of droppings and urine stench. After the animals are removed from the attic, it's a good idea to clean the attic out - remove all droppings, contaminated insulation, and I fog the attic with a special enzyme-based cleaner that breaks down organic material. This is important for sanitation, your health, and to prevent attracting new wildlife to the odor. Learn more about clean attic of animal waste here.

Proper Rat and Mouse Control
  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 exterminators will just use this lazy poison technique to kill rodents, and it causes more harm than good - stinking rats & it doesn't solve the problem. They want to sign you to a never-ending quarterly contract. But the companies I recommend solve the problem PERMANENTLY the first time.

Bat Colony Removal
  Bat removal is a highly specialized project. Colonizing bats 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 companies I recommend remove 100% of the bat colony and seal the building so that it's totally bat-proof. This is not an easy task - it took me years of training before I got very good at it. Most state laws prohibit killing bats, but luckily, the correct method of bat removal gets them all out alive.

Dead Animal Removal
  Animals frequently live inside homes - in the attic, in the walls, under the house. If you don't properly remove them (you may not have even realized you had animals) eventually they are going to die inside your house. When this happens, the stench can be very strong, and can last for over a month. It's common for me to come to homes to find and remove dead animals. I crawl through the attic, under the house, or cut open the walls to remove the carcass. Afterward I deodorize the house to eliminate the smell.

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