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Removing Unwanted Animals

By Carrie Dixon, Blog Editor

Can’t get rid of rodents, squirrels, and raccoons? Residential expansion, metropolitanizing, and wildlife growth can all attribute to the influx of critters near your home.  Below are some tips when looking to remove unwanted animals.

Risk Awareness:  There are many dangers in trying to remove certain animals and pests from your property. 
If you even “think” you may encounter risk by trying to remove wild animals or pests from your home,
then that is probably the best indicator that you need a professional company with expertise in this unique
area to handle your problem.

Location: Once an animal is removed, the technician should perform an inspection to determine the point of entry and identify other potential points of entry, recommending the best method to prevent unwanted lodgers.

Clean Up: When an animal removal technician is performing exclusion work, make sure that exclusions are as cosmetic as possible, tailoring shapes and colors of construction materials to match your home.  Exclusion work includes such things as sealing your home to prevent wildlife from entering it through gaps in the eaves, siding, chimney, vents or other areas.

Animal Control v. Animal Removal: Don’t confuse Animal Control services that handle stray dogs, cats or other “domestic animals” with professional ‘wild animal’ removal and control companies whose specialty is “domestic animals”, you will want to contact your county or local animal control.

Choosing a Company: Use a well-known and reputable company who you can always find in the future, or be able to easily contact for any reason.  You want an established company with an office that you can go to if you ever need personal contact.  Check out the address of the contractor and see how long they have been in the area. Ask for at least 3 references of customers that have had animals removed by companies you are considering for the type of service you want performed.  Ask those customers if they felt the service was professional, and solved the type of problems that you are having.

Specifying your needs: It is very important for the company to be attentive to your specific needs.  Communication is the key to success in solving a wild animal intrusion problem in and around your property.


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