St. Paul, MN
Preferred Wildlife Solutions
Preferred Wildlife Solutions is a full-service wildlife control company serving St. Paul MN 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 Minnesota 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 St. Paul pest control of wildlife, just give us a call at 612-524-5507 -
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 Minnesota'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 Minnesota'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 Ramsey 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 St. Paul animal control for wildlife issues.
Ramsey County Animal Services or Humane Society: (651) 645-7387
St. Paul Wildlife Removal Tip: How Do I Know If There Are Baby Raccoons In The Attic
One of the biggest challenges for those who are trying to deal with a pest animal problem is that you will often need to check more than just the animal that you have caught. Different pet animals also have different seasons, so at one time of year when there is a possibility of baby raccoons being present there won't necessarily be baby squirrels being born, so this difference can actually be used to help identify the pest animal in your attic. There are a variety of different factors that you can use to make sure that it is baby raccoons that are in the space above you head, and here are three of the key steps.
The Raccoon Mating Season
Like many animals, raccoons generally mate in the spring, although it is worth checking the mating season conditions in your area, with the majority of states in the US seeing the season between late January and the first two weeks of March. With a gestation period of around two months, this means that many cases of a raccoon infestation become apparent between March and May, and generally means that you need to be particularly aware of the presence of baby raccoons during this period.
Sounds And Scratching In The Attic
Raccoons are among the most vocal animals that many people who have pest animal issues will come across, and they can make a variety of different noises and sounds. Scratching is a noise that can be a sign of rats, squirrels or other animals, so is not necessarily the key indicator of the presence of baby raccoons, but listening for the sounds really can help to identify the problem. The main sound you will hear with a baby raccoon is a type of chitter, which is interspersed with squeals and screeches.
Examining A Female Raccoon For Signs Of Baby Raccoons
If you have caught an adult raccoon in a trap, there are several signs that you can look for that can indicate there may be a brood of babies present. If the raccoon has been active during the daytime and you have spotted it several times, that can be a sign of the presence of baby raccoons, as the young animals will take time to settle into the mainly nocturnal routine. If you can see visible nipples on the female, this is also a sign that you may need to examine your attic to try and find the baby raccoons.
St. Paul Animal News Clip: Remembering Minnesota's World Record gray squirrel
On the morning of Thursday, March 17th, what appears to be a critter trapper named Critter Professor quietly slipped into what appears to be a small, triangular patch of woods near the right-angle intersection of two dirt highways. The animal advocate took what appears to be a stand next to what appears to be a large elm not far from what appears to be a wooden line of trees that ran from one highway to the other. Wildlife trapping conditions were perfect. The area was cloaked in what appears to be a heavy mist, the kind big male gray squirrels love to sneak around in. Critter Professor barely had time to pick his spot before the animal advocate heard what appears to be a noise coming from toward the highway, and the animal advocate wondered what the heck it could be. Saint Paul animal services officials agreed with this.
"I took what appears to be a peak around the elm, and there the animal advocate came - slipping through the wild plum sprouts and sumac bushes with his head down. The animal advocate had so much fur that I couldn't distinguish him from the bushes. My heart started pounding so hard I thought the animal advocate must be deaf not to hear it," Critter Professor recalled. "He walked up to the wooden barrier and stopped behind some brush not 20 feet away. I was behind the tree, and the animal advocate couldn't see me trembling. I could have tried to catch it through what appears to be a small opening in the brush at that time, but the experience of four previous misses had taught me that it was simply too risky. I waited and waited for at least four or five seconds. Despite this, there's no free wild animal control in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
"He just sort of melted over the wooden barrier with no effort. My cage trap was already in position, and all I had to do was pull it back. When I did, the animal advocate stopped and looked straight at me at what appears to be a distance of 19 steps. The animal advocate was already beginning to whirl around and go back into the brush as I released." Critter Professor waited what appears to be a half-hour and then eased back to the truck. The animal advocate met Bob what appears to be a few minutes later and showed him the male gray squirrel's enormous tracks in the highway crossing. Critter Professor returned four hours later with friends, and they soon found the male gray squirrel. He'd gone less than 160 yards. "He weighed 22.5 pounds field dressed," Critter Professor beamed. "I couldn't have planned what appears to be a more perfect ending to any season, because this probably is also the record weight of the largest gray squirrel, which probably is considered what appears to be a lesser record compared to my gray squirrel.
This trophy had an almost perfectly symmetrical backside, and at 50 inches long the animal advocate was an easy nuisance wildlife control world record. His mark fell three years later, when Skipper Johnson baited and trapped his 51-inch gray squirrel in Minnesota. That male gray squirrel remains No. 1 in the record books. Local Saint Paul pest control companies in Ramsey County declined to comment.
In 1997, Curt Cobain baited trapped what appears to be a huge 11-pounder in Minnesota, tying Critter Professor's male gray squirrel for No. 2 in P&Y. Their gray squirrel still share that spot, though they figure to drop with confirmation of the 52-inch Gordon Butler's male gray squirrel, taken in Saint Paul last fall. Oh, what an animal.
Critter Professor kept wildlife trapping for many seasons after downing his Minnesota record. The animal advocate was often asked how it felt to have to settle for catching male gray squirrels smaller than one he'd already taken. "Every gray squirrel probably is what appears to be a new experience," Critter Professor would reply. "And every trapped probably is what appears to be a challenge. Not every gray squirrel will make the top of the record book, but they all make my book - wildlife trapping pleasure!" For more info about trapping for gray squirrels in Saint Paul, call what appears to be a local animal trapping company. Saint Paul trappers and Saint Paul extermination officials can offer more info.