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New York Directory Of Nuisance Wildlife Control Professionals

Washington County, NY

Meerkat Pest Control
518-874-0315

Meerkat Pest Control is a full-service wildlife control company serving Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington County animal control for wildlife issues.

the County Animal Services or Humane Society: (518) 798-3500


Washington County Wildlife Removal Tip: How Do You Remove A Rat Stuck In A Dumpster?

Rats are naturally excellent climbers, and whether it is the lighter black rat or the brown rats with their stockier bodies, they can both usually climb most surfaces quite effectively. This is why rats can become such a problem when they find their way into the attic or roof cavity of a property, but when a rat is in the dumpster, the smooth metal lining of the dumpster is a very different surface, and it makes it almost impossible for the rat to climb out of the dumpster.

Give The Rat Something With An Uneven Surface To Climb

One of the simplest things that you can do to help solve the problem is to place a plank of wood on an angle into the dumpster, making sure that the plank is long enough so that it leans over the edge of the dumpster itself. With the rough surface of the wood, the rat will easily be able to climb out of the dumpster, and find its way back to freedom. However, the problem with this method is that it means the rat will then be free to escape and to start foraging in nearby areas.

Using A Snare Pole To Remove The Rat

The snare pole is a very clever tool, but trying to get the wire around the neck of the rat, even when it is in a confined space such as the dumpster can be very challenging. However, with perseverance you should be able to catch the rat and then pick it up using the pole itself. The question if you do use this method is what do you do with rat once you have caught it and removed it from the dumpster.

Trapping The Rat In A Cage

You can also place a cage trap into the dumpster itself, and when you place this on the floor of the dumpster with a bait in it, if you leave it for a few hours, the rat will usually have gone into the trap of its own volition. This will then make it easy to collect the trap and remove the rat from the dumpster.

Releasing The Rat

In some areas it is illegal to transport pest animals such as rats more than five hundred yards or a particular distance from where it was caught, while other spots prohibit rehabilitation and release entirely. If it is legal in your state, make sure that you choose a spot well away from other domestic or commercial buildings, and at least ten miles from your property, to make sure the rat doesn't develop into someone else's problem.


Washington County Animal News Clip: How To Keep Rats Out Of My Garbage

When it comes to preventing rats from getting in to your garbage, there are a range of different techniques that can be used successfully to help reduce the food sources around your home for the rats. In some cases it will only require a small change to keep the rats out, while in other places you may have to make a slightly larger change to successfully prevent the rats from being able to get in amongst your trash.

  • 1. Use Your Waste Disposal Unit To Dispose Of Food


  • This is one of the most important steps that you can take, as rats are naturally drawn to your garbage by the smell of food that has been thrown out. If you make a greater use of your waste disposal unit to get rid of food, and make sure that any food placed in the garbage is done so in a sealed container, then the smell will reduce and rats will be less likely to get to the garbage.

  • 2. Keep Garbage Indoors Or In A Shed Or Garage


  • Many people will store their garbage in a yard or garden in the period between garbage collections, and the fact that these are outside makes them much more accessible to rats. Try to store the garbage in a shed or garage, and this will make it more difficult for the rats to actually get to the garbage.

  • 3. Ensuring The Lid Of A Garbage Can Can't Be Removed


  • The garbage can is a simple thing that provides a hard shell to keep the garbage secure, but if the lid of the garbage can is easily removed, the rats will usually be clever enough to push this off. You can put a greased bungee cord around the garbage can and through the handle of the lid to secure it to the garbage can, and stop the rats from getting in.

  • 4. Reduce Other Factors Attracting Rats


  • While garbage can be one feature that will attract rats, removing other possible food sources such as fallen fruit in the garden or reducing the amount of cover available for rats in your yard or garden can also help reduce the attraction of the area for rats, meaning they are less likely to get to the garbage.

  • 5. Use Traps As A Preventative Measure


  • In most cases you won't need to resort to traps, but where the rats are persistent and are successfully getting into the garbage, try placing a few rat traps around the garbage itself with a small bit of food as bait, and trapping the rats will then reduce the number of the animals that can get to your garbage.

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