The most common scenario that we deal with: animals have invaded the attic of your house. You may hear them scratching or scampering above the ceiling, or even in the walls. Several wildlife species commonly use attics as a denning and nesting space. This includes raccoons, squirrels, rats, mice, and even opossums. In addition, large groups of bats will often roost in an attic space, as will certain birds such as pigeons. Removal of animals in attics is specialty work, because of the difficulty of working on roofs and in attics, and also because of the likely presence of a nest of baby animals inside the attic. The baby animals must be removed, all the adults properly removed, and the entry holes sealed shut.
If you have unwanted wildlife outside the home, in some cases, the only fix is to trap and remove the nuisance wildlife, and this is of course one of our areas of specialty. Whether you have a raccoon tipping your garbage cans, skunks living under your back porch, or groundhogs digging a large hole next to your house, we can safely and effectively catch and remove the animals. Trapping is an art, and most amateur attempts go awry for a variety of reasons. An intimate knowledge of animal behavior and trap types is necessary to ensure that the animal is trapped and removed without incident. In addition, most US states have very specific laws about wildlife trapping.
The animals in your house or attic are getting inside somehow. Every area of the house must be checked thoroughly, from ground level gaps, vents, soffit vents, eave gaps, plumbing stacks, chimneys and more. We know all of the areas that animals can and do use, and the telltale signs. Raccoons tend to rip open one large hole. Squirrels tend to chew. Rats and mice can enter very small holes, but the areas vary by species of rodent. We seal up your house and make it completely 100% wildlife-proof. We perform our repairs with professional grade methods and steel, so that new animals can't chew their way in. This not only prevents future wildlife from entering, but certain jobs aren't even possible without repairs.
Most wildlife leave an attic full of droppings, urine, leftover food, and even parasites. They also leave behind a strong pheromone scent in their urine and fur oils. This scent attracts new wildlife to your home and attic. After we get rid of all of your animals, we clean up the mess and odor that they've left behind. This can vary from simpler removal of droppings and areas of insulation by hand, accompanied by fogging, to full-on insulation removal and replacement, depending on situation. We kill the parasites and pathogens, eliminating the health risk. We also deodorize the attic. We use a special enzyme-based cleaner that destroys all organic matter, such as poop, urine, and grease.
You will find a lot of bad information and bad techniques when it comes to rat and mouse control. Many lazy companies use poison, because it is a low-effort activity, and because it never really solves the root of the problem, it allows a pest control company to keep coming back to your house year after year. But we will solve your rodent problem PERMANENTLY, within a week. The secret lies in the home inspection and repairs. We inspect every inch of your house, and find every possible hole that rodents can use to enter the house. We seal the holes shut with steel repairs. Then we simply trap & remove the rats/mice inside the house, and the problem is solved forever. No worthless poisons, no dragging it out for years.
Bat removal is a field of expertise for our field technicians. The work is often complex. Most bats in the US are protected by law. In addition, bats can squeeze through very small holes and gaps, as small as 3/8 of an inch, and bats usually enter via the most difficult to reach upper peaks of your roof. Doing a bat job correctly and legally requires a live exclusion of the bats. Every last entry gap and hole must be found, and sealed, while leaving some primary exit points open with the proper exclusion netting or devices appropriate to the architecture. The bats exit the house at night, as usual, through the one-way devices, and then cannot get back in. Attic cleaning is often recommended in the case of bat infestation.
Do you have a terrible odor inside your house? One likely cause is a rotting animal carcass. The animals that live in or under your house or building often die there, as well. In fact, if you use poison for rodent control, you are assured some dead, stinking rat or mouse carcasses in your attic or walls. The odor is often unbearable, and in the case of a larger animal, such as a raccoon in the wall or an opossum under the house, the odor can last for months. We remove dead animal bodies from buildings every day. There's no magic tool - simply a good nose and experience of common architectures and animal behaviors will lead us to the dead body, where we remove it and clean and deodorize the area.