Frequently Asked Questions
What happens with nuisance wildlife once captured by nuisance wildlife control operators?
We are asked this question regularly, and the answer always depends on three things:
1 - the law or restrictions in the state or jurisdiction in which we are working
2 - the most humane approach for that particular species of nuisance wildlife
3 - the safest approach for that particular species of nuisance wildlife, plus other animals, people, etc.
In general, we have two options when it comes to what happens with nuisance wildlife once captured by nuisance wildlife control operators: euthanization of the animal, or relocation of the animal. We work closely with our customers, many of which ask after the animal or animals’ welfare, to ensure that an outcome is reached that suits all parties involved. We care just as much for those animals as we know the public do, and with our greater understanding of local habitats and animal species, as well as many years of experience within the industry, we feel confident that we can resolve even the most complex of nuisance animal control cases effectively.
The release of animals that have been captured by nuisance wildlife control operators is a complicated matter, which more than just local laws and restrictions to take into consideration. If the animal can legally be released into the wild and we are sure that the animal will have a fair and decent chance of survival, relocation would always be our preferred option. We have a number of approved release locations that we can use, with permission. Even with an appropriate release location, however, not all animals stand a fair chance of survival — and it can even prove to be more inhumane to release a previously trapped animal into a brand new habitat.
With very old animals, very young animals, or animals that are unwell or have become injured, release/relocation is not a safe or humane option. That is where the second option — euthanasia — comes into play.
We use CO2 (carbon dioxide chamber) to euthanize captured nuisance wildlife that cannot be humanely, legally or safely released. In these cases, the animal does not feel pain, nor will it feel as though it is being suffocated or unable to breathe. Instead, the animal will slowly and calmly drift off to sleep before then passing on.
Young/baby nuisance wildlife are almost always passed over to a professional and state-licensed rehabilitator, with the aim of the animals being released back into the wild, into an appropriate habitat, once old enough to fend for themselves.
Why do nuisance wildlife control operatives charge the prices they do?
Nuisance wildlife control operatives charge the prices they do, for the job they do, because of many reasons — but essentially, it is for the same reasons that electricians or plumbers charge the prices that they do: because they are fully trained professionals with expertise in that particular area.
Let’s just imagine that you attempted some DIY electrical work; there’s a chance that things won’t go to plan, because you might not be trained, experienced, or knowledgeable in that particular area. Google can help, of course, as can friends/family/etc., but without the right knowledge of electrical circuits, systems, and wiring, it would be ill-advised to rush into a repair job. The risks of getting things wrong can include: electrocution, death or serious injury, fire hazards, faulty expensive electrical items, and perhaps even the need for costly electrical repairs … with the assistance of an experience contractor, this time.
The same applies to nuisance wildlife control. Getting the job wrong could result in serious risks, including fire hazards, the spread of potentially deadly diseases to both humans and other animals, the chance of leaking and floods, structural damage, damage to landscaping, injury to animals, damage to vehicles, damaged electrical systems, costly repairs, and many, many more.
We do not receive any state funding, nor are we given assistance to purchase the essential tools we need to ensure we are safe when we remove nuisance and potentially dangerous wild animals from commercial and residential properties; tools that also ensure YOU are safe, too. We are responsible for all training costs, equipment and running costs, labor, materials, and a lot more — but we can guarantee you that our prices are VERY competitive for the area.
Won’t county/city services take care of nuisance wildlife for free?
Once upon a time, this service was available; county and city services were assisting homes and businesses in their plight against wild animal intruders. Unfortunately, the nuisance animal problem has grown to such a position that those same departments are no longer capable of finding the time to remove nuisance animals. That’s when the job was passed over to the private sector — people like me and the nuisance wildlife control operatives I train up and down the USA.
In some, often rare cases, you may be able to get ‘free’ or low-cost nuisance wildlife control or removal. Local police departments have been known to assist the general public who are fearful of their safety following conflict — but this kind of situation rarely translates to conflicts that arise on a commercial or residential property.
For young nuisance animals, local rehabilitators could provide an effective solution, and this can sometimes be the case for injured or unwell animals also. These local rehabilitators are usually NOT funded by the state, but you can find a mix of both free and low-fee (donation) rehabbers in most areas.
For insect problems, such as fleas, ants, termites, etc., we recommend calling a pest control company.
For nuisance wildlife (not insects), such as raccoons, opossums, skunks, rats, mice, etc., we recommend calling a state-licensed nuisance wildlife control and removal company.
For larger nuisance wildlife that local companies might not be fully equipped to deal with, such as bears or coyotes (very dangerous animals), the state wildlife commission is the best department to get in contact with.
Is it possible to solve a nuisance wildlife control problem without calling in the pros?
Yes, it absolutely is possible to solve a nuisance wildlife control problem without calling in the pros, but it will require a lot of research, probably quite a lot of money spent on tools/gadgets/traps/other items that are necessary for the full and complete removal of wildlife, and a lot of time and patience.
You will find some easy-to-follow guides on the removal and control of nuisance wildlife on our blog, but we do urge you to proceed with great caution if you cannot properly protect yourself from the inherent dangers of wild animal-human conflict, including rabies from raccoon or bat bites (for example), histoplasmosis from the droppings of bats and birds, leptospirosis, leptospirosis, and plenty of others. Even the mites, ticks, and fleas that travel on the nuisance wildlife can introduce brand new and potentially deadly diseases into your home.
It takes many years to build up enough experience and knowledge to better understand the unpredictable behavior of wild animals along with the dangers they bring — and proceeding without that knowledge could prove risky.
Do you use poisons to get rid of nuisance wildlife?
No — we DO NOT use poisons to get rid of nuisance wildlife. We also DO NOT use poisons for rats, mice, or other rodent. This approach to wildlife control and removal is considered inhumane, often leading to the animal dying in an unknown location on your property. This gives you (or the removal person) an even bigger challenge: locating and then correctly removing the carcass so that it can be disposed of appropriately.
Rather than looking at approaches that are not effective, such as poison, we rely on an IPM approach — Integrated Pest Management. This incorporates a number of different approaches into one treatment plan, including using traps, exclusion devices, and property modifications. In doing this, we are able to find (during an inspection) and then treat each individual aspect of the wider problem, such as eradicating entrance points.
Can you exterminate pests/insects?
We are a nuisance wildlife control and removal company, which means that we deal with larger pest animals rather then insects. If you have termites, ants, or other insect/pest problems, look for a state-licensed and qualified pest control company.
If you have a problem with nuisance wildlife, ranging from mice and rats right up to foxes and armadillos, please feel free to give us a call — we can absolutely solve the problem!
Are you available to remove and dispose of dead nuisance wildlife?
Yes — we can come to the property and remove the carcass, as well as disposing of it responsibly and sanitizing/decontaminating the area.
In-house dead animals are generally harder to find than those in the back yard. In turn, this can mean that damage will need to be created before the dead animal is removed and then any damage repaired. One example of this is having to cut out a panel of drywall to get to a squirrel infestation in the cavities of the wall.
Do you deal with cats and dogs as well as nuisance wild animals?
No — we do not deal with cat and dog problems. If you have a problem with cats or dogs, you can call the county animal services for removal. You will need to discuss the matter with the appropriate county services for more information. Some services will be free; others may require payment.
So you won’t be the right people to call if I've lost my pet cat or dog, then?
We do not deal with lost cats or dogs. If you have lost your pet, get in touch with county animal services or your local SPCA. You could also consider checking local Facebook groups, or ‘lost pet’ social media hashtags and groups.
Will you be able to remove and rehabilitate an injured bird that has fallen from its nest?
We are not rehabilitators, so we are not going to be able to help you out with this issue. It is best to contact local bird or animal charities to help you with this problem, or bird/animal rehabilitators in the area.
We can assist you if you have a bird-based nuisance wildlife problem, including permanent removal and control, preventative measures, property modification, deterrent installation, bird droppings removal, and full sanitation and repair.
Can you help me with a baby animal I found on my property?
Yes, we can help you in this case. For a one-off cost, we can send a trained nuisance wildlife control operative to your property to locate (if necessary) and then remove the baby animal(s). We can then pass the baby animal over to an appropriate rehabilitator for care, or euthanize the animal if the situation requires it, such as with seriously injured animals.
You can contact local rehabilitators directly if you have baby nuisance animals on your property, but you may find that you are required to trap and then transport the animal to the rehabilitator. Please check the regulations for dealing with that specific animal, in your specific area, before planning any action. You may find that there are restrictions on transportation of certain nuisance animals.
What nuisance wildlife can you help me with?
We can handle a wide range of nuisance wildlife problems, from removing the animal, to removing any traces that the animal was ever a problem in the first place — and we can also make sure that the problem never rears its head again.
We can help with the prevention or deterring of woodpeckers and deer, but we are unable to trap those animals, nor are we able to kill them.
We can trap and remove most other nuisance animals, including: opossums, bobcats, skunks, lizards, frogs, stray dogs, mice, rats, foxes, coyotes, bats alligators, iguanas, flying squirrels, voles, chipmunks, prairie dogs, feral pigs, muskrats, otters, pigeons, geese, starlings, pigeons, raccoons, muscovy ducks, crows, grackles, blackbirds, snakes, moles, voles, beavers, and dead animals.
If you would like more information on how we would approach your particular nuisance animal problem, get in touch and let us know the situation.
What kinds of traps do you use for nuisance wildlife?
We use a variety of tools, including traps, to control and/or remove nuisance wildlife. For mice and rats, we will use snap traps. For larger animals, such as raccoons, we would use live cage traps that are designed to contain an animal of that size. In other cases, such as with bats, we would use exclusion devices instead of traps.
Each situation is different, and each situation will require a different approach to removal and control. All of the traps and tools we use are approved by the State Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Where are your nuisance wildlife control operatives available?
We are proud to be the biggest organization of removal and control operatives in the United States, and we can offer our services to virtually all corners of our wonderful country! You can easily pinpoint your specific location, and find a wildlife operative in your area, by clicking on the map.