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Armadillos Design Golf Course in Dallas, Texas

Posted by animalcontrol on July 8, 2009

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Armadillos move a lot of dirt, destroying golf courses and landscaping. Trapping armadillos is th most effective way to get rid of them.

I am a golf course superintendent in the Dallas, Texas area and I need to get rid of armadillos.  They are ruining my golf course.  I don’t mind a tricky course with sand traps and such, but these guys are creating craters!  Where they don’t belong!

Armadillos aren’t all that big, and they move slowly every time I see them, but, man, can they move a lot of dirt.  They dig huge holes in the course, turning over sod and scraping dirt away. 

A couple of years ago my friend had armadillos in her flower beds and she got really upset and wanted to get rid of the armadillos. I am afraid I wasn’t very kind.  I didn’t see then what the big deal was.  After all, it was just a little-old critter.  Why was she so wound up about it?

What a nuisance.  I am concerned that someone will fall in the holes they leave.  Each morning I drive around and find freshly turned dirt.  It is impossible to keep the course looking like it should.  Now I need to learn how to get rid of armadillos.

They don’t scare.  Nothing really seems to repel them—urine, peppers, noise makers.  I read somewhere that fencing is good, but I can’t fence an entire golf course.  Besides, I’m sure they are living around here somewhere and I would probably fence them in, forcing them to live on the course.

What to do?  There has got to be a way to get rid of the armadillos so I can get my course back into play.

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Flying Rats (AKA Pigeons) in Salt Lake City, UT

Posted by animalcontrol on July 6, 2009

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Pigeon control will reduce the health risks imposed by pigeon droppings.

When I tell people I am looking for pigeon control options, they often say things like “but pigeons are cute” and “what did the pigeon to do you?”  Well, one of my children has asthma and that makes it very serious. 

We live in an apartment building in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Pigeons like to roost on the roof of the complex.  The problem, besides the noise and filth on the ground and around the building all the time, is the nests.  Pigeons poop in their nests all the time.  In fact, the nests are mostly disease ridden piles of poop from what I can see.

The poop dries out and combines with all the other junk in the nest and gradually becomes very powdery.  When the wind blows or anything disturbs the nests all that dust starts to move around.  It comes down the vent pipes for the bathroom.  It is sucked in through the air conditioner.  It filters in through the windows.  Basically, my apartment is full of pigeon poop dust all the time.

If you know anything about asthma, you can image what this does to my daughter’s breathing.  I can’t believe how much more often we need to do breathing treatments and use her inhaler.  It took me a while to figure out what was going on.  I just thought maybe she was growing or a change in the seasons or something.  Now that I am sure I know, I am going to the manager and demand that something be done to control the pigeons.  My daughter’s health and the health of us all is at stake.  They have to get rid of these nests and control the pigeon problem in the future.

You might say it is just my opinion and unfair to the birds, but you don’t live with the beasts.  I am sure that something can be done to control the pigeons and make this a nice place to live.

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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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Gopher Golf in California

Posted by animalcontrol on June 16, 2009

Gopher digging and eating can destroy a lawn, garden or golf course.

Gopher digging and eating can destroy a lawn, garden or golf course.

What is it about gophers and golf?  Ever since the movie Caddyshack, and maybe before, people love to make jokes about gophers and golf.  There is a Gopher Golf video game and Gopher Golf Club Head covers from a variety of manufacturers.  But people with gopher problems know it is no joke.

My buddy Donald in California has been living with gopher problems for years.  His yard backs up to a golf course, which you might think was ideal, but the golf course sends him gophers and doesn’t want to take responsibility for it.  He has a yard full of migrant gophers and all his attempts to get rid of gophers on his own have failed.  He has tried to trap them, poison them and gas them, with limited success. 

The problem has grown worse through the years and now his once beautiful lawn, along with the shrubs and flowers, is destroyed.  He planted some new flowers this spring thinking that he got rid of gophers last fall, but no… the next morning the plants were sucked half-way into a hole and the next day the plant was gone–devoured by an insatiable gopher. 

He told me he is ready to try gas bombs, but I told him that without professional knowledge that really wasn’t safe, especially the Molotov Cocktail version he was planning on.  He agreed that maybe it was time to try professional help to get rid of the gophers.  What did he have to lose?  Well, if he uses a professional, all he has to lose is gophers.  If he tries the homemade bomb approach he could lose a whole lot more than that!

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Rattlesnake Season in Utah

Posted by animalcontrol on June 10, 2009

Take precautions when in rattlesnakesnake country.

Take precautions when hiking or recreating in rattlesnake country.

There is a real danger of the early summer in Utah, and many parts of the country:  rattlesnake bites.  Rattlesnakes are a common danger in much of Utah and are dangerous for humans and pets alike. 

Protect yourself with safety precautions: 

  1. Don’t handle snakes unless you have formal training and knowledge and are certain a snake is not venomous.  Don’t even handle recently killed venomous snakes as their nervous system remains active and the dead snake can still bite you.
  2. Wear appropriate footwear and leg protection when exploring the great outdoors.  Watch where you step.  If you can’t see where your foot is being placed you shouldn’t place it there.  Snakes love shady, protected locations and hate being disturbed.
  3. Thoroughly investigate (with a stick or something similar) any dark places, caves or crevices before you put your hand into them.  Again, snakes love such places and people are often bitten reaching into hollow logs and similar locations.
  4. Have current First Aid training for on-the-spot treatment and be prepared to seek professional medical assistance as soon as possible should a bite occur.  The old “suck out the venom” technique you hear about in old movies is bad advice.  Current information is available from a number of reputable places such as the Red Cross.

Most rattlesnake bites can be avoided and you can enjoy a beautiful Utah summer in the great outdoors without having it ruined by a trip to the hospital.

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Do it Yourself Skunk Control gone wrong near Denver, Colorado

Posted by animalcontrol on June 4, 2009

We remove dead animals from all kinds of locations.

We remove dead animals from all kinds of locations.

Years ago a female skunk made her home under what is now my parents’ home on a ranch in central Colorado.  The home is an old one and the result of numerous additions over nearly 100 years.  There is not much foundation under the house, so in order to access the pipes under the bathroom a tunnel had been dug to provide access through a very small crawl space.  

This mama skunk determined that the tunnel was a great place for a family and eventually had a litter of babies.  Having now six of these creatures living under the house created a smell that would have to be experienced to be believed.  But, what to do about it? 

My grandfather consulted a neighbor, Roy, who had a surefire, guaranteed solution.  He had the foolish idea to run a hose from the exhaust of the pickup into the tunnel under the bathroom.  He thought it would drive them out where they could be shot.  

(NOTE:  This is a BAD idea, very dangerous and could have killed the people in the house. Please never attempt this foolish technique at your home or your neighbor’s home.) 

The old ranch truck was backed up to the house and the hose positioned.  A shooter was ready and waiting.  The animals never appeared. They died under the house.  Live ones are bad but dead skunks are worse.  The smell of dead skunk made the home truly unlivable.  

My grandfather had to crawl to the very back of the crawl space and haul out all the dead skunks.  Every trip out from under the house he would drop a rotten carcass, vomit and crawl back under. The smell was so severe he became sick and remained weak and ill for a long time afterwards.  

After the whole experience was over and people had time to think about it everyone agreed that we were very lucky to have only dead skunks, and not people.  Too bad my grandfather didn’t know about wildlife control contractors.  Actually, they didn’t even exist then.  This was over 40 years ago and people had to fend for themselves.  We are lucky to have professional help available for nuisance animal problems today.

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Porcupine Mechanic in Salt Lake City, Utah

Posted by animalcontrol on May 19, 2009

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Porcupine quills are dangerous, and so are their teeth.

Last year I had a porcupine eating my car.  Don’t laugh, it wasn’t funny at all.  I replaced the gas and brake lines on my car while battling the creature, and who knows what might have happened if I hadn’t got professional help.

Anyway, here is the story.  I went out one morning to get in my car and noticed a dark spot under the car.  I checked it out and found it was brake fluid.  “How did that happen?” I asked myself.  I took it to the shop and got new lines.  The mechanics didn’t say anything was particularly strange about it.

About a week later I got in the car, and smelled gas.  I got out and took a look under the car and the gas line was leaking!  Now, that was really strange.  I hadn’t been driving on rough terrain or anything and couldn’t figure out what had happened.  Again, to the shop.  This time I specifically asked them to look at the line and let me know what was going on. 

The mechanic came out sort of shaking his head and showed me the line.  “I don’t know what to tell you, but this thing looks CHEWED.”  I looked at the line myself.  Sure enough, it looked for all the world like tooth marks.  But, what would eat a gas line?  “Well, we did find this on the inside of your right front tire.”  He held out a grey and black pin—no, not a pin, a porcupine quill! 

You have got to be kidding.  A porcupine is eating my car?  I went home and started to research porcupines.  They chew on all kinds on things.  I hadn’t noticed the animal because they usually work at night.  I decided to try to catch the animal in the act.  I stayed up all night on Friday and sure enough, in the middle of the night a big pincushion came waddling across my yard and went towards the car again. I ran outside and started towards the animal and then thought better of it.  Did I really want to get in an argument with a porcupine? 

Monday, I called the Pennsylvania Game Commission and they basically told me that porcupine removal was my problem.  The local dog catcher just laughed.  I would have to figure out how to get rid of porcupines on my own.  I did some research online and found out about Wildlife Control Operators.  These companies specialize in removing pest wild animals from people’s lives. 

I called them.  They couldn’t tell me why the animal had chosen my car, but they did know what to do about it. They came out and were able to quickly get rid of the porcupine. My car and I are very happy to live our own peaceful lives again.

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Pigeon Problems in Salt Lake City, UT

Posted by animalcontrol on April 30, 2009

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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

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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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Friends Don’t Make Friends Smell Skunk

Posted by animalcontrol on April 8, 2009

 

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Long-term skunk smell can ruin a neighborhood. Such wildlife problems can be solved by a professional trapper with experience in handling such animals. Our wildlife control operators can remove the skunk and the smell. Our deodorization process is highly effective, but it works the best when the skunk odor is fresh. For nationwide skunk removal services call: 1-888-488-1415.

When wildlife enters human space, it can create serious conflicts within individuals and between neighbors.  The following article from Colorado Springs is an example of that.  One neighbor starts feeding wildlife, but the wildlife cause problems or potential problems for all people in the area.  In a separate, related article it notes that rabies has become quite serious in skunks in eastern Colorado, and the disease is spreading. 

While I can understand and appreciate the feelings of the woman feeding the animals, she needs to consider the safety of all around her.  She needs to stop feeding strays. The skunks won’t starve.  They will move on.

The neighbors do have an option available that will respect the property rights, if not the feelings, of the woman feeding the skunks. They can hire a professional wildlife control operator.  The animals can be trapped, removed and euthanized without encroaching on the neighbor’s property.  Just as she has the right to feed the animals, the neighborhood has the right to protect themselves, their family and their pets.  

It would be a more peaceful world if people were more considerate of one another.  I hope you have never encountered a situation like this, but if you have, you need to know that help is available.  Wildlife Control Operators respect the law, treat the animals humanely and help to resolve neighborhood disputes. Whether skunks, pigeons or raccoons, if you have a neighborhood problem, get together and give us a call.  We would be glad to help.


Colorado Springs Neighbors Battle Over Skunks 

By Betty Sexton

Originally published by KKTV.com

A small battle is being waged in a Colorado Springs neighborhood. Residents say they’re tired of dealing with a family of skunks, which keeps them from stepping outside their front door without looking both ways.

You’d think that a problem with wild, furry mammals in a residential area could be resolved by the Division of Wildlife, the Humane Ssociety, the Health Department, or even Code Enforcement, but when it comes to skunks, they apparently fall between the cracks.

“The smell gets so bad at night we have to close our windows because we can’t sleep,” said resident Myra Zapata. “I mean the smell is so bad, it makes you sick you know.”

Zapata and her family always peek out the windows before heading outside, especially with their dog. They’re on the lookout for the stinky critters .

They say the woman who lives across the street is allowing a family of 7 to 8 skunks to hang out and spray others, by setting cat food near her front door.

The neighbor said she’s not feeding or housing skunks at all, she’s simply feeding the neighborhood cats which have been abandoned, and this is the only place she can do that.

She said she can’t help that the skunks are eating the cat food. She says she too, is bothered by the skunks’ odor, but doesn’t like the only alternative to removing them: euthanization.

According to a Colorado Division of Wildlife regulation, skunks can’t be relocated. To remove them, they must be euthanized and disposed of, and that policy’s unacceptable to this neighbor.

Since skunks aren’t considered “big game” like deer, elk, or bear, there’s no rule against feeding them, but wildlife officers discourage it.

District Wildlife Manager Sabrina Schnelker says the neighbor could be found liable in court, if a neighbor is bitten by a skunk.

“Our biggest concern with it… is just human health and safety. a lot of kids are in the area, families, pets,” Schnelker said.

The neighbor believes the Division of Wildlife should allow skunks to be relocated instead of euthanized. That’s why she won’t give permission for anyone to set foot on her property if they intend to kill them.

For now, the battle continues.

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