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Dalton, GA

N & J Wildlife Professionals

N & J Wildlife Professionals is a full-service wildlife control company serving Dalton GA 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 Georgia 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 Dalton pest control of wildlife, just give us a call at 706-671-6075 - 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 Georgia'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 Georgia'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 Whitfield 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 Dalton animal control for wildlife issues.

Whitfield County Animal Services or Humane Society: (706) 278-2018

Dalton Wildlife Removal Tip: Is It Legal For Me To Trap A Rat?

Rats are a species that can prove to be a significant health hazard when they are encountered in areas where there is regular human activity or where foods and other consumables are stored. One of the most common methods that people will use to deal with the problem is trapping, and this can be carried out by lethal trapping, or in a small amount of situations, live trapping is also an option that can be used. In the majority of situations it will be legal to trap rats as long as you do so humanely and do not cause unnecessary suffering to the animal, but there are a few exceptions worth noting.

Using Lethal Rat Traps

The vast majority of the legal jurisdictions in the United States permit homeowners to use lethal traps to catch rats that are causing a problem, and some of the most common methods involve using snap traps or other spring loaded traps to kill the rats. There are a variety of different traps available, but as long as they do not prolong the suffering of the animal unnecessarily, then they will usually be legal to use to deal with rats. The one area where there are restrictions in the District of Columbia, where snap traps and glue traps are prohibited, and while it is technically legal to trap, most of the lethal methods are prohibited.

Areas Where Rat Trapping Is Illegal

Washington DC may be the capital of the country, but it is here that it is effectively illegal to carry out trapping work yourself, with exterminators having to carry out pest removal work in the area. Common rodents can still be trapped, but only with particular types of traps, with the law encouraging trappers to capture rat families together and then to look to relocate them away from the city itself. There are also laws about hunting rats with dogs, with this permissible as a pest control method, but not permissible when it is being done for sport.

Legal Issues With Relocating Rats

While trapping a rat in a live trap may be legal, one of the quirks in the system is that in many areas it will actually be illegal for you to transport and release the rat in another part of the state. Check with your local animal services department for guidance on the rules in your local area, but in some cases you can live trap rats, but will then have to euthanize the animals, making the entire process excessively difficult.

Dalton Animal News Clip: What To Do About A Trap-Shy Rat

If you have been setting traps to catch a rat for some time, and have been unsuccessful in trapping your target animal, you may well be dealing with a trap-shy rat, and resolving this issue can often take a little more time and patience. The majority of cases where a rat has become trap-shy will come after they have been caught and released using cage traps one or more times, and while they would like to be able to get to the bait, they are too cautious of the trap itself to allow themselves to be trapped.

Improve The Locations Of Your Traps

Location is probably the most important factor in deciding whether a rat will or will not be caught in a trap, and those that stand out from the surrounding terrain are likely to be less successful than those that are well camouflaged and have been wiped down to remove scents. Try and examine the area where the rats are causing problems, and look for the areas where there is a build up of feces or lots of brown smudge marks, showing where the rats have been, and these are the best spots to place your trap.

Pre-Baiting An Area

This cunning technique is one that is easiest to use with a snap trap, but the important thing is to try and get the rat to associate a particular location with the availability of food without danger. Leave the trap unset, and place some food on the trap itself over several days in the same location, once you have reached the point where the bait has been eaten on two or three consecutive days, then set the trap, and leave everything else the same, and the association of the location with food will draw the rat right into the trap.

Try Using Different Types Of Traps

Cage traps are often easiest to identify for rats, as they tend to be larger and stick out a little more, so using a lethal trap such as a rat trap can also help in this situation. There are also traps available that kill the rat using gas or electrocution, and trying these instead of the traditional traps that the rat will be familiar with can be a useful move.

Alternative Methods Of Dealing With Rats

If you are having an issue with a rat in an attic or another confined space, then one alternative if all of your trapping attempts are unsuccessful is to try and exclude the rat instead. Examine the area and find all of the holes the rat is using to get in and out, and then seal all of these before installing exclusion funnels that will allow the rat out, but will prevent them from coming back into the area.

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