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New York Directory Of Nuisance Wildlife Control Professionals

Columbia County, NY

Meerkat Pest Control

Meerkat Pest Control is a full-service wildlife control company serving Columbia County NY 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 New York 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 Columbia County pest control of wildlife, just give us a call at 518-874-0315 - 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 New York'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 New York'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 the 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 Columbia County animal control for wildlife issues.

the County Animal Services or Humane Society: 518-828-6044

Columbia County Wildlife Removal Tip: Will Homeowners Insurance Pay For Rat Damage?

Finding out that you have a rat infestation is one of the most frustrating periods for homeowners, as it will usually mean either hiring a professional wildlife removal expert or rat catcher. The job is not always a quick one, and the trapping and killing of the rats is not the end of the process either. Once the rats have been removed from the attic or wall cavities, you will then need to clean the attic and deal with any damage caused by the animals. The extent of the damage will vary depending on the numbers of rats and how long they were in the area, but those hoping to claim for the repairs on their homeowners insurance will often be disappointed.

The Rodent Damage Clause In Most Policies

The vast majority of homeowners insurance policies will have a clause in the contract that states that the cumulative damage that builds up during a rodent infestation is not covered as a part of the policy. The distinction is generally drawn in the type of damage caused by the rodents, with sudden and unexpected damage still being covered. For example, replacing soiled insulation is unlikely to be covered, but if a rat gnaws an electric wire leading to a fire, then this is likely to be covered under the majority of homeowners insurance policies.

Examining Your Own Policy To See If You Are Covered

The only way to know for sure if you are covered is to read through the fine detail of your policy, and this can be time consuming as there will usually be a fair amount of terms and conditions to go through to find the clause. However, you can also check with the insurance company, as they will usually be able to advise whether or not your policy will cover a particular type of damage.

What Kind Of Work Is Required To Repair Rat Damage?

There are several different aspects when it comes to carrying out repairs, but replacing soiled insulation in the attic is often one of the biggest areas of the work. You may also find that rats will have gnawed wires in and around the area, and in this case it is always best to get these replaced too. Finally rats will often have created several entry points to get into the area where they were causing the problems, so sealing all of these will help to prevent the situation from arising again.

Columbia County Animal News Clip: Will A Pest Control Company Remove A Rat?

Pest control companies are often the first point of call for anyone that is experiencing an infestation in their home, and the traditional type of infestation that these companies will deal with will be an insect infestation. However, these companies will often be able to adapt their methods to help people who have a rat problem, but in some cases this is not always the most effective way of dealing with the problem, and in some cases they can be more of a hazard than they are of an assistance.

How Will The Pest Control Company Deal With The Rat?

Pest control companies will not usually have the experience of trapping rats to effectively use traps, so many of these companies will resort to putting down rat poison as the way to deal with a rat problem. This is a course of action that is not recommended by many of the animal removal experts, as it can often cause problems that are unforeseen.

The Dangers Of Using Poisons

There are several hazards that can come with using rat poison, and one of the biggest worries is that in many situations the poison will be placed in a location where other animals or even pets and children can get to it. Poison is also not an instant killer, meaning that people will often have additional work to carry out once the rats have died, as you will need to find and remove the carcasses, otherwise these can start to decay and the smell will then attract other pest animals to the area.

Problems With Pest Control Companies

The main issue that most pest control companies will have is that their methods are designed to deal with insects, and applying the same kind of theories to other animals isn't always going to work. They will usually agree to the work because they want to be able to help you solve your issue, but the actions that are taken will sometimes be more harmful than they are a hindrance.

Who To Contact To Resolve Your Rat Issue

What you will be looking for when you are choosing the right company to deal with your rat problem is someone that has experience in dealing with rats, and who won't be intending to use poison to deal with the rats. Lethal trapping is legal across almost the whole country, although there are some cases where you may need to live trap, if you are living in the District of Columbia.

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