Some of the common types of scenarios covered by the professionals listed on
this site include: Raccoon removal from attics and property - removal of
opossums, skunks, armadillos, groundhogs, and other animals from under sheds
or decks and other areas of property - squirrel removal from attics and
soffits of houses - rodent, rat and mouse removal inside buildings and homes
- bat control and removal of colonies of bats from attics - bird and pigeon
control - snake removal and prevention - mole trapping and control - dead
animal removal in homes and on property - wildlife damage repairs - home
inspections and critter prevention services - attic cleanup and wildlife
waste removal. Please check out my most popular wildlife removal articles
- Animal In The Attic - How to Get Animals Out of the Attic
- How to Get Squirrels Out of the Attic
- How to Get Rid of Squirrels
- How to Get Raccoons Out of the Attic
- How to Get Rid of Raccoons in the House, Yard, Tree, Roof
- Rats In The Attic - How to Get Rats Out of the Attic
- Bats In The Attic - How to Get Bats Out of the Attic
- Opossum In The Attic - How to Get Possums Out of the Attic
- Attic Restoration
- Bat Exclusion From Roof and How to Catch a Bat
- Squirrel Trapping using a One Way Door
- Noises in the Attic at Night and Bad Smell in House from Animal
- How to Trap a Rat humanely, and How to Kill a Rat
- Mouse removal and How to Get Rid of Mice in the Attic
- How to Trap an Armadillo guide.
For a complete list of all my articles, see my site map.
Most recent featured article: How to Get Rid of Squirrels
Ten Tips to Get Rid of Squirrels:
Homeowners that have experienced a squirrel infestation know that these pests are particularly difficult to control because of their persistence and their speedy, acrobatic movements. Squirrels can cause considerable damage to gardens and yards, roof and attics. They are excellent chewers and are notorious for chewing their way into buildings in a dogged manner, as they love being inside buildings. Once they gain entrance, they go on to create a mess with their constant gnawing on structures and fittings.
- Inspect your house, and find any squirrel entry holes with chew marks
- Go into the attic and look for squirrel feces, trails, and nesting debris
- Install a one-way exclusion door or repeater trap on the main squirrel hole
- After all the squirrels are excluded or trapped, seal the entry hole with steel
- Clean the attic afterward, at your discretion - may not be necessary
- Prevent future squirrels by squirrel-proofing all roof vents, soffit vents, and eave gaps
- You can trim trees, but they are amazing climbers, and will get on your roof anyway
- Get squirrel-proof birdfeeders if that's what's attracting them
- Install chicken wire or other fencing around plants or gardens they chew on
- Remember, there are no effective repellents, though hot sauce discourages chewing
Squirrels constitute a huge nuisance for many homeowners, they can be heard chattering or squealing in the attic, or scurrying around and upturning things. They are not so hard to spot as they are active during the daytime, and some of their antics are:
The best way to manage a squirrel infestation and get rid of them is by adopting an integrated approach to control and being more persistent than the animal!
- They take down birdfeeders and steal birdseed
- They damage wood siding, soffets, roof boards, and exhaust fans
- They eat some garden plants and destroy others by scurrying around
- They dig up bulbs and vegetables in the garden
- Indoors, they make a mess in attics with their urine and droppings
- They chew on electric cables and insulation, creating a fire hazard
- They leave dirty tracks on your walls and surfaces
- They chew on wooden furniture
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Most recent featured article: How to Get Free Wildlife Removal
If you want free wildlife removal, I suggest the following:
Should I hire a professional, or remove wild animals myself? I would suggest it has a lot to do with a couple of main factors, what animal are you dealing with and how confident are you in handling the animal safely for both you and the animal. If you have any doubts about whether you can handle the animal, as in it's a full-grown adult male coyote, then I would suggest some kind of professional help is almost mandatory. A lot of people will refuse to handle some animals, mostly raccoons because they believe there is a good chance they could catch rabies, the actual chances of catching rabies from a raccoon are almost zero, but anything that keeps them safe is probably a good thing.
- Call your local city or county animal services and ask if they'll help with the wildlife problem.
- Call your local police or sheriff's office, and ask if they'll help with the wildlife problem.
- Call your local fire department and ask if they'll help with the wildlife problem.
- Call a local wildlife rehabilitator and ask if they'll help with the wildlife problem.
- Get a neighbor to do it.
- Hire a professional and then stiff them on the bill (not nice, and you might face repercussions like a contractor's lien).
- Solve the problem yourself - I offer lots of do-it-yourself guides on this website.
- If all of the above fail, I recommend that you call a pro and pay for the service.
Remember when dealing with wild animals most of them do not want anything to do with humans, to nearly all wild animals humans are predators, not only predators but what naturalists call apex predators, that means we are on top of the food chain so any animal like a raccoon or a squirrel looks at human beings as being potentially the most dangerous animal there ever likely to encounter. Their fear is eminently justified as for every human killed or injured by an animal each year millions of animals are killed by humans and that is just in the United States. The surprising part is nearly all humans don't like killing animals they are not going to eat, and most humans today do all their hunting in a supermarket not out in the woods.
Also as humans tear down more or more animal habitat and build more urban sprawl that a lot of animals are either being pushed out or have to learn to adapt to an urban lifestyle, the two most successful adapters so far are raccoons and coyotes, both of these animals had now got many generations that have been born and bred in urban areas, they are perfectly adapted to surviving around humans and our structures. If you take one of these animals out into the woods and “relocate” it “back to where it came from” the creature will surely die because it has no idea how to survive in the wilderness environment. It would be akin to taking a teenager from Manhattan and dropping them in the middle of Utah and expecting them to be able to survive.
If you have any doubts at all about either your ability to handle the animals safely or you just don't want to do it then by all means call a professional, your local animal control service can give you both advice on how to handle animal and on local professionals and the best recommendation will often come from a neighbor who is used that particular professional service, so ask around.
In the end, doing it yourself is the best way to get free service!
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