Humane Wildlife Removal Near Westacres MI For Nuisance Critters
Providing gentle, humane wildlife removal service in Westacres Michigan and the surrounding areas. We are devoted to preserving the balance between people and nature.
Our team of skilled wildlife removal technicians in Westacres MI are trained specifically for the animals local to your area. We specialize in squirrel, raccoon, skunk, snake, groundhog, bat, and dead animal removal. We also offer a wide variety of other humane nuisance animal removal services covering moles, voles, and other unwanted wildlife, nuisance animals and pests.
Once your Westacres home or property has been humanely cleared of wildlife, our experienced nuisance animal trapping technicians make sure that it is restored and repaired so that wildlife cannot re-enter the property. All our Michigan wildlife professionals are licensed and insured for your protection and comply with all laws regarding Westacres wildlife control and pest prevention.
Animal Proofing For Raccoons
Squirrels are one of the most adaptable creatures. They can be found in many different locations around the world and in different environments. While their natural habitat is forested areas, they have easily adapted to urban life. Trees, scrubs and debris are for the most part where squirrels build their nests. At the same time however, attics and roofs can also easily become squirrel habitats. Attics, or roof crevices seem natural dwellings to these rodents because of their proximity to their natural habitats, trees. As a result, squirrels often find shelter in our homes and can create a series of problems.
The first thing you need to do when you are attempting squirrel removal from an attic is to make sure that you actually have squirrels. There are many other small animals that can get inside the house through small holes, such as mice, rats, snakes and other vermin. Animals as large as raccoons are known to get into houses; it is actually very common in certain parts of North America.
Squirrels, just like many other animals consider attics a good place to hide, during bad weather during certain seasons of the year. Once you have determined what type of animals you are sharing space with, you can do some research and familiarize yourself on the most proven removal methods. A good place to look for information is the Internet.
What you will find is that the best course of action would be to first determine the entry points. It is usually a hole in the siding of the roof, chimneys or even more obvious ones such as open window in the attic. Once you have determined the entry point get a set of wire traps with one way doors from your local hardware store. Bait and place the traps near the entry points. Once you capture the squirrels, make sure the nest is empty and there are no babies inside. If there are, remove them and reunite them with the adult squirrel in your garden.
Remove the nest and any debris from inside. Cover the obvious entry points and take a minute to inspect the exterior of your home for other possible entry points. Certain squirrel removal jobs are more complicated than others. If you are dealing with a more complicated squirrel removal situation, it is advised to contact a professional wildlife technician.
Animal control technicians have a lot more experience dealing with squirrel removal situations and as professionals they are more aware of the risks of performing animal control and removal. Removing wildlife from one's roof involves climbing on the roof, dealing with tools and potentially other unhealthy, unsanitary situations.
If you have been hearing attic noises, skunk odor creeping its way into your home or an animal living in your chimney, it can be intrusive and truly frightening. Aside from that, nuisance wildlife in your home can cause serious damage and even pose a serious threat to you, your family and even pets. Attempting to get rid of unwanted wildlife yourself can not only be dangerous and illegal, it can also really complicate the problem. Animals that have had failed attempts at capture, almost always learn the working of a trap and will never enter one again. If they do, they usually get pretty good at stealing the bait right out of the trap without setting it off. If you are looking for a wildlife removal company near you, we are your complete resource to MI wildlife removal solutions, information and wildlife control companies near you in Michigan.
To clean the attic, I not only remove all of the waste by hand, I use special cleaners, including an enzyme-based cleaner that eliminates any biohazard organic waste from animals, including droppings and urine. I use the electric powered atomizer as shown in the below photo, which creates a fine mist that flows through the whole attic and gets every nook and cranny, for 100% coverage and cleanup. To protect myself against insulation fibers and animal biohazard, I wear a disposable Tyvek suit and I wear the respirator mask, as shown above. This fogging machine, also called an atomizer, sprays my cleaning solution in a fine mist that permeates the entire attic, and makes certain attic cleanup scenarios easy. In a case like this, in which the homeowner did not want total insulation replacement, the enzyme-based cleaner in the atomizer does a good job of breaking down and sanitizing the contaminated areas of the attic. If your attic has wildlife waste or animal poop, then this is one method that can kill harmful pathogens along with the odor. Homeowner's insurance will pay for attic cleanup and restoration in the case of raccoon damage, because of the potential health risks.
A groundhog belongs to a big group of ground squirrels called marmots, of which there are fifteen species. They are often referred to as whistle pigs, land, beavers, or woodchucks. Groundhogs extensively burrow and primarily eat vegetation. Because of these two factors they are consider a big garden pest. If left alone, a groundhog family could very easy eat a food crop in a short amount of time. If it appears that there is an infestation, or the start of an infestation it is imperative to get rid of them.
There are many ways to do away with groundhogs. All gardeners have their own preferred method. Some want to do away with them humanely without resorting to killing them. Others just want them gone efficiently and quickly. After you get rid of the groundhog, it is necessary that you watch out for a reappearance of a groundhog population.
If it does not bother you using chemicals in your mission to do away with the groundhog, a relative humane way to do so is by using ammonia. It is a quick-acting way to get a groundhog to move away. It may sound brutal and inhumane but if you handle it correctly, the groundhog inhabitants will move away without having to kill them. The way it works is by causing their burrows to be distasteful to them. With a distasteful burrow, they will journey on their own to another area of land away from the garden.
To use the ammonia method you want to wait until you have sunny days and warm temperatures, usually summer or spring. Otherwise, you will not get the groundhog to leave their burrow. If you can find it buy some cloudy or sudsy ammonia but if you cannot find it make your own. Use one part water with seven parts ammonia along with a couple of tablespoons of dish or laundry detergent and mix. Spray it around the entrance and just inside their borrow. Once the smell gets into the burrow, they will depart in a couple of days, unless they have babies. In this case, they will leave find another burrow. Once the parents are settled, they will return for their babies. This could take several days.
Another way that is not toxic is to use a safe trap. Groundhogs are intelligent animals so you will have to be tolerant until you can catch them. Once you catch one you can either relocate them yourself or have an animal control office do so. Start out leaving it unset and open with a little amount of vegetation in it so they can get use to a safe meal Several days later you can set the trap to catch the groundhog for relocation.
Attic Deodorization and Insulation Restoration
If you've had raccoons living in your attic, it's a good idea to have the attic cleaned. Raccoons leave their waste behind when they inhabit an attic. Sometimes there's a specific raccoon latrine, and most of the poop is piled up in one spot. Sometimes it's spread out all over the attic. Same goes for urine as well. Sometimes it's concentrated in an area, sometimes spread all over the place. The poop is easy to pick up and remove, as in the above photo, because the droppings are large. But the urine soaks into the insulation or even the sheetrock (drywall) or wood in the attic. And not all feces or urine will be accessible to remove by hand. That's when it's important to clean up and properly fog the attic to eliminate the odor and potential unsanitary conditions.
Bats are excluded from your home or attic through a live exclusion process. This is done by bat proofing your home with screen, caulking, caps, etc. Also a one-way trap door is installed at the entry point so the bats can get out but not get back in. We are not exterminators or a bat pest control company. We strictly and proudly only use poison free bat control methods. When thinking of exterminator or pest control company we urge you to think of the humane method for bat removal. Bats are protected both federally and in the state of Michigan. No ultrasonic, high frequency device, or bat repellent will get rid of your bats nor keep them out. Moth balls or "bat away" never works. In fact it is harmful to have in your attic or home. FTC gives a warning on the use of ultrasonic pest control devices. For more information check out our "How to Get Rid of Bats" Page.
Wildlife control in Michigan is a constant need. Wildlife and human populations in Michigan are both growing and as they grow, conflict between homeowners and nuisance wildlife is growing. We help mediate these situations so that humans and wildlife can live in harmony through humane methods. Wildlife control does not end when the animal trapping has been completed. Without wildlife exclusion, Michigan wildlife species are notorious for locating dens that have been previously occupied and moving right in. This is in large part to the odors that are left behind from blood, hair, urine, feces and even dead carcasses.
Attic remediation is a common service offered by wildlife removal businesses. Attic remediation sometimes becomes necessary when there has been an animal infestation in the attic area. Prolonged infestations often leave large amounts of waste and urine in the attic and the only way to rid the fierce odor is to remediate all the damaged insulation, sanitize the attic, and place new insulation down. Call the animal removal company listed in your area for attic restoration. If your area is not listed in my directory, email me and I will recommend a company. Attic remediation sometimes goes hand-in-hand with wildlife problems because of the damage they can cause to your attic. It is nice to have a company that can deal with all problems associated with nuisance wildlife instead of having to hire separate companies for different services.
Are You Hearing Noises in Your Wall or Attic?
And what about the droppings left behind in your attic? Is this something you want hanging above your head at night when you sleep? Raccoons are known for using a single spot in your home as a latrine, while using another part of your attic as their living area. This can lead to matted attic insulation and reduced “R” values, which means you continue to lose money as you continue to heat and cool your home. It can also lead to stained ceilings and unnecessary odors. Let our attic restoration professionals remove that soiled insulation and replace it with your choice of insulation products. Our specialists can prepare insurance bids with most major insurance companies and get your attic back in shape in no time. From gutter protection, attic fan vent guards, roof vent guards, gable vent closures and soffit vent repairs, our team can do it all with one single call.
It is important to know about the common types of wildlife diseases if you live near wooded areas, frequently participate in outdoor activities, own pets, or work with animals. Infectious diseases carried by wild animals can be spread to both humans and pets. These are called zoonotic diseases, and there are more than 150 known to exist. Continue reading to learn about 3 specific zoonotic diseases that are frequently carried and spread by common North American wildlife.
Rabies is one of the most well-known and feared infectious viral diseases. It is caused by a viral agent called Rhabdovirus, and it is transmitted via animal bite, which allows the contaminated saliva to enter the victim's blood stream. Symptoms vary and gradually get worse as the disease progresses, but common symptoms often include fever, malaise, confusion, disorientation, muscle paralysis, convulsions, excessive drooling, panting, and eventually, death.
For animals, Rabies is almost always fatal; once the disease has developed, there is no cure or treatment for dogs or cats. On the other hand, humans rarely die from Rabies because there are treatments available for people who are bitten by a rabid animal. Common carriers include raccoons, coyotes, foxes, bats, and skunks.
Although not as well-known as Rabies, Leptospirosis is another serious zoonotic disease carried and transmitted by wild animals. It is a bacterial infection caused by spirochaete bacteria of the genus, Leptospira. Common carriers include skunks, raccoons, deer, rabbits, moles, and opossums. But unlike Rabies, Leptospirosis is not transmitted by contaminated saliva; instead, it is transmitted through contaminated urine of an infected animal. Transmission occurs when infected urine, soil, or water comes into contact with abraded or wounded skin, or when ingested. Sometimes, a dog might drink from an infected puddle on the ground.
Most human cases of Leptospirosis are mild, and some people do not show signs of the infection at all. But if left untreated, Leptospirosis can lead to meningitis, which is a condition that causes the tissue membranes around the brain to swell. And this can be fatal. Treatment for humans and pets generally includes antibiotics, glucose and salt solution infusions, and in severe cases, dialysis.
Raccoon roundworm goes by many names, and it's not exclusively carried and spread by raccoons. Scientifically, it is called Baylisascaris Procyonis. But its condition is known as cutaneous and visceral larval migrans. These are basically worms that penetrate the skin and localize in an area close to the surface, causing redness, inflammation, itchiness, and pain. Transmission occurs when the eggs of the parasite are ingested. They enter the intestinal track and migrate through the organs, towards the skin.
Ingestion of infected animal droppings are a common cause of transmission, as well as, ingesting food or water that is contaminated with the roundworm parasite. Severity of the infection depends on how many and which organs the parasites migrated to. If they migrate to the eyes, brain, or spinal cord, the damage can be irreversible.
Maintaining good hygiene, vaccinations, and pet vaccinations are effective methods for protecting yourself, your loved ones, and your pets from an infectious wildlife disease. Also, professional wildlife control services can be very beneficial because they can protect your property from potential animal intrusions, damages, and dangers.