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Wildlife Management

Wildlife Management

As urban sprawl replaces rural areas, squirrels, raccoons, bats and skunks have been forced to find new living quarters. This urban wildlife will try to find entry into your home, warehouse, restaurant, store, production plant, or any facility that could potentially provide food and shelter. They need somewhere safe to have and raise their offspring and are extremely crafty in locating entry to a new home. They look for any opening or weak point in your home’s foundation, chimneys, roof vents, gaps around windows and doors, etc. and can find living quarters in attics, fireplaces, garages and wall voids.

Although not normally considered dangerous, these wildlife pests can be vicious when they are cornered or feel threatened by humans or pets — especially when it comes to protecting their young. However, danger to your home is much more likely. Once they achieve entry, they can cause significant damage to the structural integrity of your home, leaving you in an expensive and dangerous situation. Professional wildlife removal and complete wildlife control is imperative in keeping your home and family safe from these pests.

As these critters are wild animals, they can also carry some dangerous travelers in the form of diseases and parasites. Raccoons are common carriers of rabies, roundworms and leptospirosis. Skunks are common carriers of the rabies virus as well as leptospirosis. Squirrels can be common carriers of ticks and fleas. The most active season for wildlife issues is typically Spring through Fall. So, taking extra precaution after the Winter season by inspecting your home for any weak points, gaps, or cracks that can act as entry points can be a good start to your pest and wildlife control plan.

Although taking preventative action is something you can do, animal removal and animal control is not something the average person should undertake. There are many legal restrictions to the removal process that must be adhered to, and we certainly recommend you seek out experienced professionals to effectively manage your humane wildlife control program for your property.

 

  1. Structural and Sanitation Inspection
  2. Exclusion of Squirrels, Raccoons, Bats and Skunks
  3. Cleaning and Sanitation Services
  4. Humane Live Trapping

What can we do?

Abell is not only in the business of pest control. We have many specialties, including an array of humane wildlife control services. Whether it’s raccoon removal, skunk removal, squirrel removal, full exclusion or preventative control, we have professional technicians with the right tools and training to tackle even your most difficult wildlife control needs.

The first important step is a full inspection of the property to assess where vulnerabilities could be for possible entry points. Whether it’s for a current issue with an animal or family that have made entry, or preventative action to keep critters out, this step is imperative. With a strong understanding of wildlife behavior and habits, our professionals know exactly where to look in identifying entry points and ideal living quarters. In general, chimneys and vents should be capped or sealed, holes in walls and roofs should be repaired, windows should have screens, and doors into garages and sheds should be kept closed as much as possible.

Sanitation is also very important to prevent wildlife from infesting your property. Just covering a garbage can with a lid would pose no challenge to any wildlife looking for food. Only heavy plastic or metal garbage cans should be used. These cans should have lids that fasten tightly and are secure from capsizing. Also, keeping your property free from lumber, garbage and other debris will discourage the presence of wildlife on your property.

When it comes to the removal portion of our services, Abell only operates in complete accordance with local regulations, and always services humanely. Euthanizing nuisance animals is NEVER an option for us. We operate with a strategic combination of humane relocation and exclusion to ensure the animals are not harmed nor stripped from their family, but also cannot re-enter our client’s property.

As both a pest control and wildlife control company, we have the skills, experience and genuine care for your nuisance critters to take on animal control services for your home or business.

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Wild animals need food and shelter, just like any other species. If they find an attractive place that has access to food and safety from external conditions, they may just move in permanently. They are attracted to such things as garbage, birdseed, and pet food. If possible, they will move into garages, sheds, basements, attics, wall voids, etc.

These critters are crafty – squirrels only need 1 ¼ inches of space to enter, and raccoons only 4 inches. This creates many opportunities around the home for entry, such as gaps around windows and doors, roof vents, cracks in exterior foundation, soffit and roof intersections, chimneys. It does not take much, and that is why ensuring these potential entry points are sealed up come springtime is extremely important.

  1. There are dozens of different animals that will use your garage, attic or other parts of your property as shelter if given the chance. Make sure you're proactive about repairs to siding or roofing that otherwise leave your house exposed. Likewise, use screens to cover windows or vents that represent an easy passageway for opportunistic animals. The Humane Society of the United States reported this is a safe way to keep animals out of your home.
  2. Another key step for stopping animals from entering your home is to try and keep them away from your property entirely. For example, if you have a family of raccoons happily living in your yard, it's more likely that they'll uncover an opening to your house. By eliminating areas for animals to hide, you can reduce the odds they later colonize your home. Every few weeks, spend time removing yard waste from your property. Likewise, keep your garage, shed or any other areas clean too.
  3. It may be the case that would-be pests have found a home elsewhere in your neighborhood, but if your yard offers an opportunity for an easy meal, they could still end up colonizing your property. Usually this means making sure your garbage bins are secure, and even double-bagging food waste. To really reduce pest problems, talk to your family about keeping outdoor areas clean.
  4. The exclusion process can be tough to do effectively and sometimes dangerous. We recommend having a specialist to identify and carry out the most optimal solution.

Unfortunately, wildlife can be very destructive to your home or business. Once they achieve entry, they can and will cause damage by chewing through siding, insulation, drywall, electrical wiring. For example, squirrels have lower incisors that grow continuously, and need to be controlled. They can do this by grinding their teeth, but if there is material that they can chew or gnaw on, that becomes an even better solution for them.

All wildlife can cause significant and very expensive damage to your home. They can also carry disease and parasites such as ticks or fleas that can be dangerous to your home, pets and potentially your family.

  1. Scratching/movement noises in your walls, attic, chimney or vents.
  2. Damaged insulation, drywall or other debris.
  3. Rustling noises or damaged wood debris under your deck.
  4. Fluttering lights or other electrical issues could be from wiring being chewed.
  5. Feces or urine stains on ceiling, walls or floors that have a strong smell and typically are brown.
  6. Garbage or trash cans turned over or clearly interfered with.
  7. Plants and topsoil tossed around.

The most common nuisance critters that we provide control services for are raccoons, skunks and squirrels. We also do quite a bit of work with little brown bats and big brown bats, chipmunks, opossums and sometimes groundhogs and snakes.

However, we perform unique services all the time. Our different branches have different local wildlife needs, and some may service for certain animals that others do not. If you have any sort of wildlife issue, give us a call to learn more about how we can help!

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