ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES WE PROVIDE
are a comprehensive nuisance wildlife company. Bottom line, if you have
a wildlife problem, we can fix it. We are much more than you simple
backyard trapper guy. Although trapping is one of the services we
provide, we specialize in fixing wildlife problems and getting to the
“why” instead of the “what” of the situation. Many of our clients see
the animals as the problem. They tell us the raccoons are getting into
their trash cans or eating their pet’s food that is left outside all day
and night. We do not eat all day and night and our pets do not need to
either. Simply feed your pets a specific times of day and they will become
conditioned to eat when it is time to eat. Remove the food sources that
are attracting the raccoons, problem solved. As for the garbage cans,
we can simply make the garbage cans wildlife proof and again
problem solved. In both instances the problem was not the raccoon, but
our behavior that was causing the problem in the first place. This
approach of thinking outside the box is what sets apart from other
wildlife companies. Tapping and removing is not always the right answer.
Modifying our behaviors or the habitat around our homes can and will
fix most problems.
If you are having a conflict with any wildlife in our community, we can help. US Animal Control is a fully licensed and insured nuisance wildlife company and we specialize in resolving all types of conflicts with wildlife using the latest and most humane methods available. Our specialty is humanely removing wildlife from homes and business that includes not only removal
but also damage repair, wildlife
proofing the structure so the animals do not return in the future, fullattic clean out and restorations and much more.
Our approach is to findthe problem and fix the problem. Often times the problem is not the wildlife but the actual home or business itself, or often times the behavior of the humans living in the home. An example of this is squirrels. If a home owner has squirrels tearing up their home exterior we try and find
out why the squirrels are there. Many times it is because the home owner is feeding the “pretty birds” and the squirrels are attracted to the bird seed. Stop feeding the birds and this will help reduce the activity in the area. It will not make it go away but bottom line, find the solution to the problem, modify either the habitat or behavior, and in some cases trapping is necessary, but as you can see it’s not always the only option. This approach is one factor that sets us apart from the
competition. A deep respect and understanding of the habits of wildlife
and the delicate balance that must be protected between the community and the wildlife we share it with.
SQUIRREL REMOVAL AND SQUIRREL TRAPPING
are very interesting and cute creatures to watch. They are very active
in this community and are not aggressive at all unless protecting their
young. Thought fun to watch, they can get into our homes and business
quite easily through a relatively small hole simply by making it bigger.
They are excellent chewers, and in fact they must chew to file their
teeth down or they will continue to grow until the squirrel can no
longer feed. Squirrels love to chew on wood and once inside our attics,
that is a scary sound indeed. Not only that, they often chew on
electrical wiring insulation which can cause a serious fire hazard. Our
attics provide a perfect habitat for squirrels to get out of the cold
weather and once they enter, they must be excluded and or trapped and be
removed. Once they have been removed we can then SQUIRREL PROOF YOUR
HOME to ensure you do
not have this problem again in the future.
Squirrels can seem cute and are very entertaining. But they can also cause quite a
bit of damage to a home, especially once they have entered the attic. They are notorious chewers and chew everything to help keep their teeth,
which continuously grow, ground down so they do not outgrow their mouths. They will chew the insulation off of A/C lines, the wood framing, your belongings that are stored in boxes in your attic, and even the insulation on electrical wiring creating a fire hazard. They have two litters per year consisting of anywhere from 2-5 young typically, once in the Spring and another late Summer/early Fall. Squirrels populations can grow rapidly and once they have entered an attic they can be quite tricky to remove, especially
if there are young present. For this reason if you are currently hearing noises in your attic it is
important to give us a call and let us help remove your squirrels and seal up your home before they have babies. This is exactly what we do!!
RACCOONS IN ATTIC AND CHIMNEYS
have extremely good dexterity and are excellent climbers. They often
find their way into our homes through attic vents, attic fans, rotten
roof edges or exterior walls, and holes in the soffits and facia (Roof
Overhangs). Though raccoons are good at making themselves appear larger
than they are, but in fact they only need a 5” x 5” hole to gain entry
into our homes. Baby season generally is between April – August but
there have been many instances we have removed babies well outside of
this time frame. You should never try and remove raccoons during this
time and actually it is best to hire a nuisance wildlife professional
because in most cases state law requires euthanizing a raccoon if you trap or possess it.
And if a mother raccoon is trapped unknowingly by you then the babies
will be left stranded and die in your walls creating another
big problem. For this reason it is best to LEAVE IT TO A PROFESSIONAL!
are very good climbers and can literally climb metal down spouts and corners of buildings and window jambs to gain access to a roof or chimney. They can even climb the corner of a chimney and tear a hole right in the side of the siding and be in your home with very little effort. They may seem like relatively large animals and are good at seeming larger than they actually are but only need a hole roughly 5” x 5” to get through. They can have litters that range from 1-7 but average
for our area is 3-5. If there is a raccoon in your attic it is very important to understand that a momma coon is very protective of her young and protect them aggressively. Much care needs to be taken to remove the family together so the mother can do her job and raise her young in an area less populated. If there are raccoons hanging around your home
then often times we come in and try and assess why they are there and simply educate our clients on habitat and behavior modification to make the area less desirable for the raccoons, and if necessary we will trap and remove the problem animals
SKUNK TRAPPING AND REMOVAL
are probably one of the most misunderstood creatures in our community.
First of all skunks themselves do not stink, their spray does. And if
you have a close encounter with a skunk this does not necessarily mean
you are automatically going to get sprayed. If you simply stand very
still and do not make any sudden movements or scream, the skunk may
raise its tail and stomp the ground but in most cases will simply turn
and run the opposite direction. They are burrowers and often dig under
our homes, sheds, patios, carports, A/C units beside the house, and any
other place that has loose dirt around a structure. In most of the cases
we can simply trap or exclude the skunks from these areas and can then
wildlife proof it to keep them out for good. Remember most state laws require euthanizing a skunk if you trap or possess it.
to popular believe, skunks do not stink. They only stink when they get attacked by a predator, hit by a car, or are threatened or messed with by someone that does not have a respect for the distance a skunk can spray! In fact you do not need to be sprayed directly to smell like a skunk for days. You just need to be close. Skunks are burrowing animals and often times dig homes under A/C compressor slabs beside homes, under
porches and decks, or even under your home. If a skunk has invaded your
property we can help. We can humanely remove a skunk and even babies if
present. Important fact, in most states laws require killing a skunk if you trap or have it in your possession! Leave it up to the professional and give us a call!
SNAKE REMOVAL FROM YOUR HOMES
times if a snake enters a home they are simply entering the same holes
that rodents have entered and are following the scent trails the rodents
have left in search of food. There are very few venomous species of
snakes in our area but there are some very aggressive snakes that may be
encountered. If a snake enters your home call us immediately. Not only
can we humanely remove the snake, we can snake proof your home and
install snake exclusion devices over the main entry points just in case
there are more snakes inside the home. Often times it will be necessary
to begin a rodent extermination program at the same time to eradicate
the food sources the snakes have been following.
there is a snake in your home it got there somehow. Most of the time they are simply following the travel patterns of their prey, often times
this means rats and mice are present. Most snakes in our area are nonvenomous but it takes a professional to accurately identify snakes and should only be left to a skilled technician. After we remove the snake we can find the entry points and seal up the home preventing this from happening again in the future.
DEAD ANIMAL REMOVAL
is probably our most unpleasant task but we do it. It is not a job for
the queezy or faint of heart. And ladies please do not get mad at your
husbands if they will not go under your home and remove a dead, rotting
animal. IT IS DISGUSTING! Maggots, bad smell, and a complete mess are
involved when removing a rotting carcass and the decomposed matter
underneath. Often time animals die in the worst places like under steps,
patios and porches, in attics etc. We also remove dead deer from yards
and this requires additional disposal fees and requires additional work
on our part. In most cases, removing the dead animal and decomposed
matter will remove the smell.
dead animals, especially out from under homes or decks in not a pleasant task at all. There are maggots, decaying and decomposing matter, and oh the smell! Disgusting! In some neighborhoods deer are over populated and can get hit by a car and die in your yard or sometimes will try and jump a decorative metal fence and get impaled. Tragic but happens all the time. Removing dead animals is definitely the
most unpleasant services we provide
WOODCHUCK TRAPPING AND GROUND HOG CONTROL
hogs, whistle pigs, woodchucks are cute but destructive little guys
that dig up our yards, eat up our gardens and flower beds, dig under
porches and foundations and just seem to frighten many folks. They can
easily be live captured and relocated unharmed.
burrowing animals can cause significant damage to yards and gardens. They are relatively easy to trap and remove but some require a bit of work and planning to trap and should be left up to a professional. Once we trap them they can easily be relocated to a less populated area and released where they can live out their lives and not cause our community
any more problems.
BAT REMOVAL / BATS IN ATTIC
can enter a structure through a very small hole and a large colony can
occupy a relatively small area. Our maternity season is between the
months of May- August and bats cannot legally be excluded or trapped
during this time. Tapping bats is not a long term solution. Excluding
them LIVE, and then after all the bats are out sealing up the structure
is a long term solution. Bats are at the top of the rabies vector list
and you should never try and handle a bat. If you have come into contact with a bat seek medical attention immediately! Rabies cannot be cured and is 100% fatal! If
you have, or even think you have, a bat infestation, do not try and fix
it yourself. Give us a call and let our trained wildlife professionals
Important note, bats are a Federally Protected Mammal. Ok,
bats creep most folks out but are for the most part harmless. They migrate South in the Winter and back to our community in the Spring. They have their babies and rear their young between the months of May-August. Trapping bats does not fix the problem. They must be excluded, meaning they must be allowed to leave the structure but cannot
be allowed to return. Again, not during May-August because the babies will die in the walls or attic causing a huge problem. Bats are at the top of the rabies vector list and if you or anyone you know has come in direct contact with a bat SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION
IMMEDIATELY! Rabies cannot be cured and is 100% fatal if not treated in time!
BEAVER TRAPPING / BEAVER DAM REMOVAL
are nature’s lumber jacks and dam engineers. And they are very good at
creating and destroying habitat wherever they are. Their favorite trees
are weeping willows and cherry trees. They build lodges and dam creeks
to raise water levels to protect their young and themselves while inside
their lodges. We do not like to use kill or body grip traps due to
non-target species that may visit the waters edges where we generally
trap beavers. Not to mention the danger kill or foot hold traps pose to
children and family pets. Hancock style live beaver traps are live traps
and are visible making them much safer and effective to use.
are nature’s engineers. They are masters of construction and destruction. They seem to favor willows and cherry trees. In fact weeping willow branches make a great lure for our traps. Beavers take down trees and build dams to raise water levels then build lodges for protection from predators and a safe place to raise their young. Considering that children love playing in water and for this reason we will not use kill or body grip type traps in populated areas due to the danger they pose to pets and children.
We use Hancock style traps that are live traps, highly visible, and will capture beavers unharmed and visible enough that children can avoid them.
BIRD AND PIGEON TRAPPING AND REMOVAL
get a lot of bird calls from birds in vents, building nests in fire
places, or trapped inside buildings not allowing the business to close
up shop and turn on security systems due to motion sensors. Removing
bird nests from fire places in the summer time is not that big of a deal
but if left unchecked and winter rolls around this could create a fire
hazard. We can solve all bird problems from pigeons on roof tops, to
starlings and sparrows nesting in vents or soffit connecting lines on
activity is significant in the Spring and Summer months. From pigeons roosting in overhangs and pooping all over ATM machines and cars, to sparrows, grackles and starling flying into departments stores preventing the stores from closing and arming alarm system motion detectors. Birds roosting in chimneys and attic, stove, and microwave vents present a huge ventilation problem and in some cases a fire hazard. Some birds are migratory and cannot be disturbed but takes a trained wildlife professional to identify
STRAY AND FERAL CAT REMOVAL
of the time when we get domestic cat calls there is going to be
conflict between neighbors. More often than not there is a cat lover
that is feeding all of the strays in the area and all of these cats go
to neighbor’s houses and find places to have babies, poop, spray, and
just cause problems. Removing stray cats is not a rewarding job because
we cannot ever come out on top with everyone happy and all cats saved.
It’s a no win for us but we will fix the problem and do our best to keep
the peace in the neighborhood.
is a no win situation for us. We usually get calls from a home or business owner about cats around their property and it is usually because there is a cat lover that is feeding them in the area. We strive
to complete every job with all animals removed unharmed and all clients
and neighbors happy. This is never the case with cat calls. We may not be able to adopt all cats that we catch, the cat lovers can get quite angry when they see us trapping the cats even though we do so with the utmost care for them and do our best to ensure they are all removed humanely, and often times disagreements follow between the interested parties. We do our best but they are a no win for us!
are just creepy creatures that stink but for the most part are totally
harmless. They are not disease carriers, are not aggressive, do not
destroy property, are nomadic by nature and just roam the neighborhood
in search of their next easy meal. ‘IT LOOKED AT ME” is what we get most
of the time when we get an opossum call. They can easily be trapped and
relocated and is some cases slight habitat modification may be
necessary to prevent future problems with opossums. Like not leaving pet
food out all night…..
are creepy, stinky, nomadic creatures that are highly misunderstood. They eat pet food, raid trash cans, eat dead animals from the side of the road, and are just creepy. But they are non-aggressive unless threatened, are not disease carriers, do not carry rabies, and rarely cause any real damage to building or property. They simply roam around in search of their next meal. They can easily be trapped and relocated out of town where they can live out the remainder of their lives as long
as they avoid passing cars and coyotes.
RODENT RAT MOUSE REMOVAL
which include both rats and mice can find their way into homes and
structures through very small hole and one inside can multiply at an
alarming rate. A female can have between 5-10 litters per year each
litter averaging 6-8 young. So a serious infestation can happen
seemingly overnight. Once they have entered home or structure the only
way to fix the problem is to seal all entry and possible entry points
which keeps all rodents out but traps all current population inside.
Then an aggressive trapping and extermination process should begin to
remove all remaining rodents from inside the structure. Once these two
steps have been taken, the problem is solved. This is the reason pest
control companies do not like us. We fix the problem and there is no
quarterly services needed.
rodents have entered a home they can be very difficult to get under control. And it is not as simple as setting some traps and definitely don’t just throw a bunch of rodenticide in the attic or you will have dead and decomposing rats and mice all over. Disgusting and this can create conditions that the odor will make the home unlivable for a period of time. The proper way to deal with rodents is to seal up the home and cut off all travel routes and entry points, set many traps and secure the traps with screws
and wire and as they are caught, remove and
re-bait the traps until they are all gone. Problem solved for good! This is exactly what we do!
FOX / COYOTE TRAPPING
many feed on rats and mice which are very helpful in controlling the
rodent population, predators such as fox, coyote and bobcats can
decimate bird, rabbit, and squirrel populations as well. They can even
run down fawns and young deer. Predator trapping is a labor intensive
job requiring much time in the field scouting game trails, looking for
sign such as fresh kills, foot prints, scat, and hair along fence
crossings just to name a few. Snares and foot hold traps are the most
effective method of capturing these animals but we do have methods that
can be used in urban areas where possible pets may come into contact
with our traps and can safely be released.
canines are some of the top predators in our area. They absolutely love
to eat cats but are very opportunistic and birds, rodents, and yes even
your family dog can become a meal. They are generally reclusive and when a direct encounter occurs they will flee the area immediately. But know they are in the area and keep a close eye on your family pets. It is not advised to leave pet food out over night as this may attract them
as well. We can trap and remove them but if there are coyotes and foxes
in the area they will always be there, but we can effectively thin the population.
is always the folks that take the best care of their yards and water
generously that the armadillos are attracted to. They in search of
grubs, worms, larvae, and other underground crunchy, slimy things and
moist yards rich in nutrients make the best habitat. The armadillo uses
its strong, sharp front feet to dig and they are very good at it. They
also are burrowing creatures and often establish residence under
porches, decks, and even under the foundation of our homes. They are
quite easy to trap from underneath a home but require some intricate
funneling to trap in an open yard.
we get armadillo calls often times it is the home owners that take very
good care of their yards that water regularly, fertilize, and landscape
with great care. All of these create a virtual smorgasbord of feeding opportunities. This environment in the yard attracts all types of worms,
grubs, larvae, and insects that the armadillo use their powerful, sharp
front claws to dig up the yard and feed and in turn tearing up all of the hard work that the homeowner has put into the yard to start with. Armadillos take some work to trap and it can take some time but we have the training and experience at humanely removing armadillos and it is a service that we provide.
FLYING SQUIRREL PROOFING
flying squirrels are named flying, they cannot actually fly but glide.
They are smaller than red fox and grey squirrels but larger than
chipmunks and rats. They can fit into a very small hole either in a
soffit, attic or ridge vent, and can chew and damage property once
inside the home. They can be excluded using one way doors and once they
have been removed we can wildlife proof the home or structure to ensure
they do not return in the future.
Gophers Trapping and Mole Trapping and Removal
little rodent like creatures wreak havoc on yards and in landscaping. They burrow just underneath the surface of the grass feeding on roots of
plants, larvae, grubs and worms and in general make a mess of the yard.
They can be trapped but can be quite sneaky and difficult to get under control. Problem is if they are in the area, we can trap the ones that are in your yard and around you home but chances are they will return in
the future. There are no methods to keep them out of a yard other than to trap them when they return.
Nutruia Trapping and Removal
are not an indigenous species and hale from South America. They resemble, for lack of a better description, a large rat. Their head and hide look much like a beaver but they have a long tail. They are voracious herbivores and eat all types of plants and trees. They actually must consume roughly 25% of their body weight which is very taxing on the local vegetation to maintain a healthy population. They are also a burrowing mammal and cause serious damage to levees, bridges,
and drainage ditches near roads. They are a nocturnal creature and once
they have moved into an area can be quite difficult to get under control. There are many methods of control but trapping seems to be the most effective for this area.