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Delaware Directory Of Nuisance Wildlife Control Professionals

Wilmington, DE

Bay Area Wildlife
302-339-8078

Bay Area Wildlife is a full-service wildlife control company serving Wilmington DE and the surrounding area. We specialize in urban and suburban wildlife damage management for both residential and commercial customers. We are state licensed by the Delaware Fish & Wildlife Commission. We handle nearly all aspects of wildlife control, and resolve conflicts between people and wildlife in a humane and professional manner. For Wilmington pest control of wildlife, just give us a call at 302-339-8078 - yes, we answer our phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - and we will discuss your wildlife problem and schedule an appointment to solve it. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Scratching Noises in Your Attic?
  • Unwanted Wildlife on Property?
  • Problem Bird or Bat Infestation?
  • Digging Lawn or Under House?
  • We Can Solve It!
Many of Delaware's wild animals have learned to adapt and even thrive in our homes. For example some wildlife have found that attics make great places to live. Other animals find refuge under homes or porches. Invariably, these animals cause damage. Rodents, like squirrels and rats, love to chew on electrical wires once in an attic, and this causes a serious fire hazard. Raccoons can cause serious contamination in an attic with their droppings and parasites. Same goes for bat or bird colonies. We specialize in solving Delaware's wildlife problems, from snake removal to large jobs like commercial bat control, we do it all.

We do not handle dog or cat problems. If you need assistance with a domestic animal, such as a dog or a cat, you need to call your local New Castle County county animal services for assistance. They can help you out with issues such as stray dogs, stray cats, spay & neuter programs, vaccinations, licenses, pet adoption, bite reports, deceased pets, lost pets, local animal complaints and to report neglected or abused animals. There is no free Wilmington animal control for wildlife issues.

New Castle County County Animal Services or Humane Society: (302) 571-0111


Wilmington Wildlife Removal Tip: Is It Safe To Handle A Squirrel With Bare Hands?

Squirrels are animals that are very cute, with big expressive eyes and a lovely fluffy appearance which has helped to inspire many animated characters, so for many younger people it is natural to want to handle and pet any squirrels they come across. However, the reality in this situation is quite different, as a squirrel is a rodent and a pest animal in many areas, so there are several features that should be considered before trying to handle a squirrel. There are some people that will handle a squirrel with bare hands without immediate consequences, but the factors below should be borne in mind before doing so.

Diseases Transmitted By Squirrels

While having squirrels in an attic, or in the yard or garden will not usually pose an immediate threat of infection, handling the animal with bare hands is a very different situation. While rabies is not generally an issue among squirrels, one of the threats comes from the potential to come into contact with feces and urine, which means that salmonella can be a real issue. Squirrels can also carry parasites such as ticks, and this can also lead to those handling squirrels catching tick fever.

Scratches And Bites

Another issue that comes with handling squirrels is the potential of being scratched or bitten, and this is particularly a problem with wild squirrels as they will not have any experience of being handled, and will likely see you as a threat. Their instinct for self preservation and a wariness of other larger animals will mean that they will be keen to avoid any handling, and will usually react with panic and a desire to escape.

Protective Clothing

If you do intend to handle squirrels, then the best advice is certainly not to do so with bare hands, as this will significantly increase the risk of contracting diseases and of getting scratched or even bitten, which will be quite painful as squirrels have the same sharp teeth as other rodents. The best advice when dealing with a wild squirrel is to avoid handling it at all, but if you cannot resist then do so with a pair of thick gloves to protect your hands, and a sweater that will protect you if the squirrel tries to scratch or bit your chest. You should also keep the animal well away from your face, otherwise that also can be dangerous.


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