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How to Get Rid of Pests - Wildlife Removal Information

How to Get Rid of Pests

About Trapper David: I've been a professional pest removal expert for the last 11 years. I primarily deal with conflict wildlife - such as squirrels in the attic, foxes under the porch, raccoons in the garbage cans, or snakes in the yard. People share this planet with many animals, and most keep to themselves, but several species have learned to thrive in suburb neighborhoods and even cities, and in many cases, critters cause considerable damage to people's homes and property. provides practical information about common nuisance species - just click your animal on the left - and how to get rid of pests and permanently solve problems with wildlife.

Wildlife removal is not simple. In fact, it took me many years, and hundreds of jobs before I got really good at professional wildlife removal. I can do plumbing, electrical work, construction, and more, but wildlife removal is by far the most challenging - there are so many variables. Wildlife removal is also a field that involves:
  • Unique safety and health risks
  • Special wildlife licensing
  • Specific liability insurance
  • Compliance with state and federal wildlife laws
This website provides plenty of how-to tips for decreasing or eliminating conflicts with many types of wild animals. However, if you have an advanced wildlife problem, in particular an animal living in your attic, or if you need hands-on handling of wildlife, I definitely recommend hiring a professional licensed wildlife removal expert. I have spent the last eleven years talking to and meeting hundreds of wildlife pros in every corner of the United States, and I have also personally trained many of them. If you need a critter removal specialist in your town, click your state on the map, and you will find someone near you to come to your property and solve your animal issue.

This month's featured wildlife removal article: How To Get Bats Out Of Your Attic

Bats are clever animals that will usually make their homes in caves, and these dark and warm spaces will often be very similar to the conditions to be found in the attic of many domestic homes. One of the problems facing householders who do find bats in their attic is that they are animals that live in colonies, and you will often have to deal with tens if not hundreds of bats. The other problem is that bats do not react well to captivity, and trying to live trap a bat without killing it is very difficult indeed, as the ultrasound navigation they use will not always pick up the walls of a cage.

Signs That You May Have A Bat Infestation - There are a number of different ways that people will find out they have bats in the attic, and the most common is the noise that is caused by these bats which will be particularly prevalent near dusk. It is also possible to hear the scratching sounds of bats, but others will actually notice the flow of bats leaving the house during the evening, and sometimes these exit points can be obvious. In some situations, bats can occupy an attic where items are stored, and when people go into that room it can be quite obvious because of the amount of droppings on the floor and the bats which will be hanging from the roof.

How To Deal With Bats In The Attic - In most situations people will need to call in a professional to deal with a bat infestation, and it is best to go to someone specializing in bats rather than a general pest controller. Live trapping isn’t really an option because of the damage it can cause to the bat, and there are also big questions about relocating bats which is illegal in many states. Lethal trapping of bats is not only quite difficult and can take a long time, so exclusion is the best solution. What this means is that the attic is closely examined to find all of the exit points that bats are using to leave the attic. Bats will very rarely use a property that only has one exit, and the larger the colony the more exits are likely to be present. These exits can include small holes in the soffits, damaged vents and loose tiles which can be nudged upwards to get out. Once all possible exit points are identified, the majority of these will have to be sealed, and then a one-way trap installed over one or two exit points. These will allow the bats to fly out, but will work like a valve in as much as they can get out but can’t come back in. The attic should then be checked regularly to ensure that all the bats are leaving and that they aren’t getting back in through any entry points that haven’t been identified. Once all the bats have been excluded then the attic will need to be decontaminated to ensure that it is fine for humans to return, which should also be completed by a professional.

Considerations When Dealing With Bats - One factor that will need to be considered when dealing with bats is whether you really want the bats to be removed. They do eat many flying insects such as midges which are likely to thrive around your home without the bat population. It is also worth noting that there are some people who will promote the trapping of bats using glue boards, but this is ineffective in dealing with the problem. They will often depend on the bat chancing to land on that part of the floor, and can also lead to a lingering death for the animal.

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