Wildlife & Animal Removal Services
Attempting animal and wildlife removal on your own can be extremely dangerous. Animals can panic if they feel trapped, and some carry harmful diseases. It’s best to leave animal removal to trained professionals who know how to trap and remove animals in an effective and ethical manner.
Western’s Animal Removal Services include:
Year-Round Animal Removal Service
Especially during winter, animals crave warmth and safety – not to mention a steady supply of food and water, which may be in short supply outside. Your basement, attic, chimney and other areas can provide safe harbor, so you may be met with an unpleasant suprise when the temperature begins to fall outside.
Turn to an Animal Removal Expert
If you are met with an animal inside your home, try not to panic. Wild animals are not accustomed to close human contact and require professional animal removal techniques.
Your best solution is to contact an experienced company that can handle the situation for your family and provide advice to prevent future home invasions. Contact Western any time for experienced animal removal and wildlife management solutions.
Winter Effect on Wildlife Activity
As cold weather arrives, we humans head indoors to seek warmth and shelter, wild animals are poised to do the same. Don’t be fooled by their seemingly adorable appearance. Wildlife critters can actually pose a great threat to humans when found indoors, mostly due to their ability to carry rabies. Whether you live in a city or the suburbs, animal removal calls have been on the rise and prevention and knowledge are more important than ever.
Animal Removal Extends to Urban Environments
Residents of more urban areas tend to think that wildlife problems are reserved for those who live closer to fields or woods, but in many cases, urban environments are changing, with additional emphasis on green space. The greener the environment, the higher the likelihood of animal control issues and, clearly, cities are not an exception.
Protect Your Home from Animal Invaders
There are ways to defend your home against wildlife in the winter months:
- Keep trash receptacles a safe distance away from the home and be sure that they are properly sealed.
- If necessary, replace weather strips around your windows and doors.
- Chimney capping is a great and effective way to keep overwintering animals from entering your home, specifically squirrels, raccoons, and birds.
- Make sure trees and shrubbery are not brushing against the side of your home. Keep tree limbs cut at least 5 feet away from your roofline.
- Winter often calls for a warm fire. Be sure to keep piles of wood more than 15feet away from your house because animals, as well as insects, will see this as an open invitation to enter.
Which Animals to Look Out For
- Raccoons: When it comes to these animals, it is most important to understand the impact a nesting mother can have if disrupted. If separated from her nest, she may cause tremendous damage to a structure in order to get back to her young. This makes timing a critical consideration in removal.
- Bats: If you have had a bat issue in the past and failed to rectify what was attracting this pest to your home, it is bound to happen again this winter.
- Squirrels: Squirrels will chew with a vengeance and quite easily make their way into wall cavities. They can also be found making themselves comfortable in attics.
If Animals Get In…
While there are ways to defend your home against overwintering animals, it is important to know what to do in case you happen to encounter one indoors. No matter how cute they may seem, an animal that is found inside the home is highly dangerous and could pose a serious risk to you or your family. Do not attempt to remove the pest on your own, but contact a professional immediately.
A warm, cozy home is an inviting place to stay as the colder weather rolls in. But don’t allow wild animals to receive the invitation. Contact our wildlife experts if you know or even suspect that you have a possible animal control issue on your hands and keep safe.
Especially in urban areas, animal removal calls have been on the rise. However, needs are increasing throughout Western’s service area, especially in markets with a greater number of older homes and structures. An interesting twist: the current desire for greener living could be playing a part.
From Your Pest Control Expert:
The more green space you have, or have nearby, the more likely you are to have issues with animals like raccoons and squirrels – and other pests can follow. In 2012, we saw a link between deer, mice and ticks. As an acorn boom bolstered the mouse population, tick populations grew in kind, and found transport to residential properties with deer and other foraging animals. Homes that have found the need for animal removal services may see challenges with pests like these.
- Flies: Fecal droppings can lure flies to your home
- Fleas: Fleas are on the rise in general, and animals holed up in your attic or garage may bring them to your home
- Stored Product Pests: An abundance of stores food can create problems with pests like moths and beetles
Your home may be at risk for an animal invasion if it meets one or all of the following conditions:
- Older homes, with easy access and good shelter
- Properties with an unused garage, or other outdoor shelters
- Residences close to designated green space
If you have the need for animal removal, the best and safest bet is to leave it to a professional animal removal company. At certain times animals can be more aggressive, especially when protecting their young, and it’s always wise to make family safety a top priority.