wildlife and animal removal

Wildlife Removal | How to Get Rid of Unwanted Pests

April 4, 2018

Animals become a nuisance to homeowners when they get into places they don’t belong, usually invading gardens or somehow sneaking inside the home. If you encounter a wild animal or bird infestation around your home or business, contact our wildlife control team. Not only can we confront any unwanted pest, Preferred Pest Control technicians specialize in animal control services regarding raccoons, groundhogs, opossums, squirrels, bird control and more.

Wildlife Control Tactics for Scavengers

When we implement a wildlife removal plan, such as getting rid of groundhogs or keeping squirrels out of the garden, our team always uses safe and humane practices. Unlike some wild animal control services, Preferred Pest releases any captured animals to a wildlife refuge area. We also check our traps daily to ensure the animals are not caged and restricted longer than necessary.

Although our wildlife removal strategies for catching outdoor nuisances can be fairly similar, we have noticed certain things that make each type of critter a unique catch.

How to Get Rid of Raccoons

Sometimes referred to as trash bandits, the raccoon lives up to its nickname since it is commonly found rummaging through dumpsters year-round. Homeowners also spot raccoons in the fall when these pests are searching for food, often leaving gaping holes in the ground after looking for grubs.

During the springtime, raccoon removal is in high demand with these critters seeking a safe space to give birth to their kits. Raccoons have claws that allow them to dig into the siding of a home or tear apart shingles on the roof, which is why we commonly spot raccoons in the attic.

Getting Rid of Groundhogs

Groundhogs were made for digging! If you encounter a groundhog problem it will be hard to miss - these creatures are larger than most wildlife control animals and can cause extensive destruction. Groundhogs can dig up to 700 pounds of soil and will typically burrow under a deck or porch, just like this groundhog we recently caught in the Des Moines area.

Most people are surprised to discover that groundhogs are vegetarians. In fact, throughout our years of experience, we’ve discovered some of their favorite foods include cantaloupe and lettuce.

Squirrel Removal

Squirrels are fun to have around when they’re scurrying across the lawn or chasing each other up trees, but they’re not so cute when they tear through your home’s siding or rooftop. Squirrels use their impressive teeth to chew through tough objects like wires, cardboard and metal. Any small opening gives these little critters an opportunity to get inside.

These furry pests can be a nuisance outdoors as well. When the weather gets warmer, homeowners often wonder how to keep squirrels out of the garden. Whether they’re stealing some home-grown veggies or destroying pretty landscaping, it’s important to keep these pests out. Our wildlife removal team can lead squirrels away from your garden patch and safely release them after they’re captured.

How to Get Rid of Opossums

These marsupials have grayish fur and are about the size of a cat, though they are commonly mistaken for a large rat. Opossums will usually claim previously established structures that provide shelter, such as trash cans, garages, sheds, etc. They prefer to eat fruit and smaller prey, such as mice, worms or birds, and similar to the raccoon, they are known to ransack trash bins for discarded food. Like most scavenger animals, if you take away their food source, the wild animal will quickly lose interest in your property.

How to Get Rid of Birds

In addition to four legged critters, our wildlife removal team also deals with bird control services. A bird infestation can be a real nuisance to homeowners and may cause damage over time. The most frequent bird removal calls our wildlife control team receives involve woodpeckers, pigeons, starlings or sparrows. A couple of these common Iowa birds are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, so we take special care when evacuating these pests from your property.

We will solve the current bird removal issue you’re having, but we also take care in removing nests, repairing any damage caused by pests and sealing any entry points to make sure a bird infestation doesn’t happen again. To get rid of birds we use a variety of tactics including visual repellents, traps, bird netting, spikes or non-harmful fogging.

Get Rid of Woodpeckers

For obvious reasons woodpeckers can be a real nuisance to homeowners, and their strong beaks can put holes in trees and the siding of your house. If you don’t hear these pests in the spring, you will still be able to spot problem areas since they leave multiple holes behind after “drumming”. There are many reasons woodpeckers perform this loud drumming: they could be looking for food, creating a place to nest or attracting a mate.

Pigeon Control

Pigeons can cause damage to properties and spread disease. They are known to carry many diseases including cryptococcosis, toxoplasmosis, salmonella food poisoning and are typically a host for parasites. If you think you might have an infestation near you it’s important to call a professional right away. The best way to get rid of pigeons is to make their nesting areas inhospitable and make it difficult for them to land on your roof or any other structures.

Struggling With Unwanted Pests? Preferred Pest’s Animal Control Services Can Help!

Have you noticed any unwanted creatures roaming around your property lately? Take action and call a wildlife control professional before they cause too much damage. Our team of pest technicians is here to help and will work out an animal control plan that works for your unique situation. Give us a call today at (515) 276-7277 or schedule an appointment online.

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