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Beaver Damage

Posted by animalcontrol on August 6, 2009

F Minus
This comic by F-minus is a great illustration of the anger people feel over beaver damage and the lengths they will go to try to solve the problem.  I don’t know of anyone who has actually chained themselves to a tree, but waiting up all night isn’t unusual.  Actually, it is pretty easy to wait up all night when you are so worried about the beaver damage you will find in the morning that you CAN NOT sleep. 

And, since the “chain yourself to a tree” thing was practically invented by environmentalists, this comic illustrates a very real dilemma faced by many people who encounter beaver problems and beaver damage on their property. Do you save the trees?  Do you save the beavers?  What about when the animals’ activity floods your home?  Washes out bridges?  How far do you go?  

I can’t answer the question for each one of you, but I can tell you this.  I wouldn’t let a human vandal chop down my trees and shred the bushes.  Why would I let an animal vandal do the same thing?  Beaver damage can cost thousands of dollars and damage the habitat of other living things.  Who takes care of the birds that no longer have trees to nest in?  What about the trees themselves?  

It is OK to address beaver damage and work to get rid of the beavers.  You don’t have to let them destroy things, nor do you have to sacrifice yourself in the process.  Hire a professional beaver trapper who will get rid of the beavers on your property and prevent further beaver damage from destroying what you have worked to create, not to mention your peace of mind.

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Get rid of Pigeons in Salt Lake City, Utah

Posted by animalcontrol on June 30, 2009

Years ago I heard this crazy song by a guy named Tom Lehrer:  Poisoning Pigeons in the Park.  


The best, most effective, most humane way to get rid of pigeons is to trap them and remove them from the location.

The best, most effective, most humane way to get rid of pigeons is to trap them and remove them from the location.

Spring is here, a-suh-puh-ring is here. Life is skittles and life is beer. I think the loveliest time of the year is the spring. I do, don't you?  'Course you do. But there's one thing that makes spring complete for me, And makes every Sunday a treat for me.   All the world seems in tune On a spring afternoon, When we're poisoning pigeons in the park. Every Sunday you'll see My sweetheart and me, As we poison the pigeons in the park.   When they see us coming, the birdies all try an' hide, But they still go for peanuts when coated with cyanide. The sun's shining bright, Everything seems all right, When we're poisoning pigeons in the park.   We've gained notoriety, And caused much anxiety In the Audubon Society With our games. They call it impiety And lack of propriety, And quite a variety Of unpleasant names. But it's not against any religion To want to dispose of a pigeon.   So if Sunday you're free, Why don't you come with me, And we'll poison the pigeons in the park. And maybe we'll do In a squirrel or two, While we're poisoning pigeons in the park.   We'll murder them all amid laughter and merriment, Except for the few we take home to experiment. My pulse will be quickenin' With each drop of strych'nine We feed to a pigeon. (It just takes a smidgin!) To poison a pigeon in the park.

You can see videos of a performance and all that stuff on YouTube, but be warned, the song is very catchy and will get stuck in you head.  I mention it because I find the song in very poor taste, yet find myself humming it from time to time. 
 
Lately, that has happened more because I have some pigeons I need to get rid of and, while I wouldn’t do this myself or recommend it to anyone, pigeons can make a person pretty desperate.
 
I live not too far from one of Salt Lake City’s great parks. I often see people feeding the birds there during the day and sometimes I just want to shout at them “Stop it!!! You are encouraging them!!”  The birds might eat in the park, but some of them roost on my house and they are driving me crazy.
 
I want to get rid of pigeons in the worst way.  I don’t want to poison them, but what are my options.  How can I get rid of the pigeons that are roosting on my house?

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Pigeon Problems in Salt Lake City, UT

Posted by animalcontrol on April 30, 2009

pigeon crap

Pigeon droppings accumulate quickly. A person could easily spend the rest of his life continually cleaning up after them. A professional trapper will get rid of them.

You should know right away that I hate pigeons.  Oh, I know that they are God’s own creation and probably play some important environmental role and all that, but when all is said and done, I hate them! 

Why do I hate them?  Well, I never really liked them because they are noisy, pushy, dirty creatures that remind me strongly of some people I have known.  But, it didn’t really turn to hate until the birds took over my building in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Each day as I walk out of my building, I have to dodge pigeon poop.  There are two nests just above the front stoop of the building.  The building hires a service to come twice a week to clean the mess off the stoop, but there is always a number of slimy messes to step around.  And it isn’t just poop.  There are feathers, bits of food, egg shells and bugs. When you look down and see what is on the steps, you are tempted to look up to see if a bird is taking aim, but then the mess just might end up on your face, and that would be too much. 

All those eggshells mean more birds soon and I don’t want the ones that are there already let alone any more of them. 

The building had the exterminator install spikes on the ledge that were supposed to solve the pigeon problems by driving them away.  It didn’t work.  The dumb birds roost there anyway and just work around the spikes.  I guess the job must not have been done correctly, because those things are supposed to work.  

The final straw is that I need to sell my place, and who, especially in today’s market, is going to take a second look, when their first look is the rear end results of a pigeon?

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Mouse “Maid” in Houston, TX

Posted by animalcontrol on April 30, 2009

mice eat beeswax candles

This beeswax candle was nibbled away by mice.

During the summer of 2008 my family took an extended vacation.  When we returned a month later one of the first things we noticed when we opened the door was an odd, unpleasant smell.  Soon we noticed there were mouse droppings all over the house:  under the couches, behind the dressers, under the refrigerator.   

We purchased several of the ultra-sonic things you see advertised as mouse repellents.  They make a noise that people can’t hear and the animals supposedly hate.  They didn’t work.  The animals still came.  In fact, given the “evidence,” there were more of them than ever.  

We have a maid that comes to clean every three weeks and she started to get impatient.  She does not like to clean up after mice.  She says she is only paid to clean up after people, not animals.  Also, she is upset because she is a very good maid and takes a lot of pride in her work, but the house still smells funny, not like a clean house should. 

I thought we needed to hire an expert.  We hire people to do all kinds of things for us.  Dentists clean our teeth.  Maids clean our house. An accountant does our taxes.  We needed a professional to get rid of the mice.  

At first I didn’t want to do it.  After all, this would cost a lot of money.  Then I totaled up all that we had spent on the little noise makers and on deodorizers and thought about how hard it is to find a good maid, and it didn’t seem like such a bad idea any more.  

I found a company that works in the Houston Area.  No, it isn’t an exterminator, like for roaches.  It is an animal control operator.  These people live and breathe wild animals.  It is what they do.  They know all about how to get rid of mice, or just about any other critter that might be bothering you. 

They sure got rid of our mice.  It didn’t take them very long and they were very clean about it.  They didn’t interfere with our lives.  They didn’t make us feel bad for having a mouse problem.  Lots of people have mouse problems, they said, the important thing is to do something about it.

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Los Angeles Raccoon Problem

Posted by animalcontrol on February 27, 2009

With the 8 raccoons trapped and gone, the kids and the dog can enjoy the yard again.

With the 8 raccoons trapped and gone, the kids and the dog can enjoy the yard again.

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Guest commentary:

I am so sick of people becoming so sentimental about animals that they forget that people and property matter, too.  Have you ever tried to get Los Angeles City to help you with a raccoon problem?  Well, don’t bother.  On their website it states: “It is not the intention of the Department of Animal Services to remove wildlife from residential areas.” Boy do they mean it.  My dog was nearly killed by a gang of raccoons, and they would do nothing.  “We believe that people and wildlife can coexist,” they said.

Well, I am sick of trying to coexist!  My dog nearly died.  My kids can’t play outside.  There are raccoon droppings everywhere and they are full of who-knows-what-all diseases. I decided that it was time to get my life back!

I did my research and asked around and learned that, while the city is useless, there are people who can help.  They are wildlife control technicians.  These guys are licensed and trained in removal of pest animals.  One company really stood out in the crowd:  United Wildlife Control.  I called them and they referred me to a local guy, Travis, who really knew his stuff.  He had traps and he knew how to use them.  In all, over the course of two weeks, he trapped 8 raccoons in my yard.  I am so relieved that they are gone.  Things are quiet at night.  My kids are happy.  My wife is happy.  The dog is REALLY happy.

If you have trouble with raccoons, don’t bother calling the city.  They will give you the same run-around bull they gave me.  Call United Wildlife Control 1-888-488-1415.  They will help.  They will refer you to someone in your area who can solve your wild animal problem.  Get more information on their  professional animal removal services at: http://www.UnitedWildlife.com

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Raccoon Removal: Help is Available in Salt Lake City, Utah

Posted by animalcontrol on February 24, 2009

Turns out she was right about it being raccoons--3 of them.

Turns out she was right about it being raccoons--3 of them.

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There are times when, working in the wild animal control business, I almost despair. Take this request as an example: 

“I am a disabled woman, caring for my daughter and husband, who has been diagnosed with cancer.  The work of caring for our home, which my husband always handled, has fallen to me.  I started hearing noises in my attic, but am very afraid to even look up there, very closely, so I called an exterminator.  He came out for a so-called FREE INSPECTION, didn’t even look in the attic and asked for $500 to set traps.  He said it is rats, but given what I hear and see in my yard, I think it may be a raccoon.  When I questioned him, he became angry and said that he doesn’t do that kind of animal, he does rats and good luck.  He added that I could just throw out handfuls of poison on both sides of the attic access and hope it works.

Will poison work on raccoons?  What do I do if an animal is poisoned and dies in my attic? I am starting to smell very strong, very bad odors in my kitchen, below a section where I hoped the animal hadn’t accessed. I am desperate.  What do you do about animals in attics.  Do you have raccoon poison?  Do you do raccoon removal?  Please help.  Danielle P. Salt Lake City, UT”

This poor woman.  What a time she has had, but at least she has finally found the right place.  We do raccoon removal and we can help her.  Her concern about poison is justified.  There are no poisons commonly sold that are labeled for coons, and would you want a dead one in your attic?  Raccoon removal is best done by trapping raccoons, plain and simple.  There is no other method so safe for the people or so effective against the animals. 

I own United Wildlife, a wildlife removal company, and regularly work in the Salt Lake City area.  There are a lot of “masked bandits” in Salt Lake, stealing people’s peace of mind.  People need to know there is help available when they have wildlife problems.  If you have a similar problem, feel free to call, whether you are in Salt Lake, or somewhere else.  We can help you get rid of raccoons, or any other pest wild animal. 1 888-488-1415 or check out our website at:

http://www.unitedwildlife.com

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Sacramento, California Bat Removal

Posted by animalcontrol on January 8, 2009

 

Bat droppings at Mike's house in Sacramento.

Bat droppings at Mike's house in Sacramento. If you look closely, you can see that the droppings extend down the other side of the ridgeline, too. This is only a fraction on the mess that my technician found at Mike's house.

From Mike T. in Sacramento, California:

 

“I live in a 2 story brick home in Sacramento, and I have discovered that we have bats. I do not think they are in the attic, but seem to be living on a shelf just under the eaves on the brick.  There are droppings all over the place and the house is starting to smell bad.  I contacted a local exterminator and he said you can’t really get rid of bats. The neighbors are starting to complain.  I can’t live like this.  Can you help?“

 

Yes, Mike, we can help.  You have come to the right place.  Using the digital pictures you sent I can see that you do have a fairly serious bat problem.  Your brick is stained and piles of guano (droppings) are accumulating against the foundation in several places.  Here is what we will do.  I will refer you to a professional wildlife removal operator in your area who will completely inspect the interior and exterior of the home to make sure the animals are isolated to the outside of the home. I hope none are in your attic, but they can fit through very small gaps and you may find that some have made their way inside.  The most likely places are where the vents meet brick.  If the seals have failed or the screening is damaged, you probably have some inside your house, too.

 

Since you report a strong smell inside as well as outside, I expect we will find at least a small colony in your attic. If that is the case, the technician will use special equipment (one way vents, screening, etc.) to get them out.  Then he will seal everything off and clean up the mess. 

 

The exterior bats are a different matter.  Bats are attracted to places that smell of bats.  It will be necessary to clean up using special enzyme cleaners to break down the existing biological material and neutralize it.  Do not attempt to clean up guano, urine or other remains yourself without special respirators, gloves and suits.  Breathing the dust that comes off of guano is very hazardous. Professional cleanup not only removes the smell that attracts the animals, it removes the smell that repels you and your neighbors.

 

Exterior maintenance and modification will make the current roosting sites unattractive to bats.  Again, we have special materials and techniques that help.  We also have a three-part repellent that we have developed to deter them from returning to roosts.  We have not found a repellent on the general market that really works; that is why we developed our own.  It is non-toxic to humans and pets and will not endanger your family. 

 

We do not exterminate these animals.  It is illegal, as well as environmentally unsound, but we can refer you to a local technician who can get rid of them and give you back your home.

 

I am glad you contacted me, Mike, and are serious about taking steps towards bat removal.  If you like, you can learn more about my professional animal removal services by visiting this site: http://unitedwildlife.com/AnimalsBats.html

 

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Hidden Opossum Feces in Houston, Texas

Posted by animalcontrol on January 2, 2009

This is a nice letter of appreciation that one of our network trappers received from a woman in Houston.

 

 

Thank you so much for getting rid of the opossum under my sink and removing the feces from the kitchen cabinets.  I have heard and seen animals around my property before– you know, the occasional skunk wandering through– but I was so surprised to open the door beneath my sink and, Hello!, a baby opossum.  I knew they lived in Texas, but I never expected to find one in my kitchen cabinet. 

 

I could tell right away that it was a baby, so I figured that it wasn’t alone.  The mother had to be somewhere nearby.  I did not feel safe handling wild animals, especially a mother who might feel threatened, so I decided to call in an animal control professional.  I called United Wildlife Control, who referred me to you.

 

Your wildlife control technician, Sheldon, came the next day and got right to work.  The mother and babies were quickly captured and removed from my home.  I was impressed with Sheldon’s professional manner and his ability to answer all my questions.  He obviously has a lot of experience in this field.

 

What really surprised me about this whole thing was the smell.  The animals had obviously been there longer than I knew because when Sheldon removed all the kitchen drawers (which I didn’t know to do) there were opossum feces everywhere.  I was shocked!!!  It looked and smelled like dog poop, and Sheldon told me that it often contains salmonella bacteria.

 

I thought we would never be rid of the odors, the bacteria, and the mess, but your technician cleaned it all up quickly and my home is fresh, clean and possum free.  Thanks again, Kathy S. Houston, TX

 

To learn more about professional animal removal services, visit this site: http://unitedwildlife.com/AnimalsOpossums.html

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You’re not alone…..L.A. Bat Removal

Posted by animalcontrol on December 22, 2008

 

This lone bat got disoriented and separated from the rest of the colony living in the attic.

This lone bat somehow got disoriented and separated from the rest of the colony, which was living in the attic.

Bats in a city like Los Angeles, California?  Yes, these amazing animals can live almost anywhere, from hot like Florida, to cold like Wisconsin.  When Bob from Los Angeles contacted me, he thought he had only one bat in his house. He saw it flying inside and found droppings and urine stains.  He waved butterfly nets. He looked around the house, even behind pictures on the walls, to find the roost.  He opened all doors and windows, hoping it would leave on its own. When it started nightly flights inside the house between the bedroom and the living room, up and down the hall, he called us, the wildlife removal specialists. 

 

We referred a L.A. technician, Lance, to Bob and his bats.  When Lance arrived on site, the first thing he did was inspect the home.  It was a typical single-story home with a siding exterior.  He found a number of probable access points–small gaps in the soffit.  When Lance showed them to Bob he said, “No way.  A bat can’t get through that!  Look at how big their wings are!”  Bob was wrong. These animals can fit through a hole only 1-inch across and less than an inch high.  Similar to mice, if their head can fit, their body can fit.

 

Bat removal is more than getting the animal out; it is making sure it can’t get back in. It is also making sure you get the whole problem out! The inspection revealed that Bob’s problem was indeed more than one animal.  A small colony of about 30 individuals was in his attic and one disoriented animal had come into the interior of the home, probably through the master bath exhaust fan.

 

Over the next few days, Lance safely and humanely got all members of the colony out, performed necessary maintenance, installed preventative measures and cleaned up the guano, urine and other bio-hazards.  The moral of the story is that bat removal is best done by a wildlife removal specialist.  A professional can make sure the whole job is done right—you don’t want to get rid of one problem and find out that it had 30 friends that are still there.  If you have unwanted wildlife in your home, wherever you are, call me for help with your wildlife problem at 1-888-488-1415.   

   

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Bat Removal-Salt Lake City, Utah

Posted by animalcontrol on December 19, 2008

Wonderful creatures, but you don't want them as roommates.

Wonderful creatures, but you don't want them as roommates.

 

Even in Salt Lake City, in Utah’s desert, people have bats.  Bad advice on what to do about them is numerous and easy to come by.  I was recently called to an older brick home in a beautiful historic neighborhood.  The Johnsons knew they had a problem because they had found droppings and noticed the distinctive smell (similar to a gerbil crossed with a sweaty locker room).  They called the local exterminator and were told “you really can’t get rid of bats.”  They became frantic, knowing that living with these animals was dangerous to their physical (and mental) health and was damaging their home.  

 

The truth is, you CAN get rid of them, but bat removal is a multi-step process that requires expertise and training.  Each case is different.  In this house, the animals had not yet penetrated the interior of the home, but were in and under the eaves and brick ledges.  We were able to get rid of the animals and then clean up the guano, urine and odor within a few days.  By blocking the numerous access holes that were available in the eaves where the brick face met the frame roof, we denied them entrance to their roosts and they moved on to a new home.

 

The owners contacted their insurance company, who was able to help out with the cost of removing the animals and the clean up and repair associated with it.  The Johnsons are sleeping much better at night knowing that their bat removal was done completely and professionally.  They still use the exterminator for spiders, but now know that calling a nuisance animal specialist is the way to handle wildlife removal.  

 

Call me for help with your wildlife problem at 1-888-488-1415. 

 

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