Wildlife removal professionals have to deal with more than just simply removing animal trappings. This line of work also includes other miscellaneous services such as identifying problem areas and coming up with lasting solutions to the wildlife problem including integrated pest management. The responsibilities that wildlife removal professionals have can therefore not be ignored as they are the reason why there is less human and wildlife conflict.
The job description of wildlife removal professionals is primarily to trap wild animals. This however does not mean that trapping wildlife is the only activity that is carried out by animal control professionals. Such people should be highly experienced for them to effectively carry out their duties. In addition to this, there are various legal and licensing frameworks that govern this line of work. The success of trapping a wild animal that has strayed into your home depends on whether the person doing it is an amateur or a professional.
Perhaps the greatest problem when it comes to trapping wildlife is the 'do it myself' people who feel that such tasks do not require any professional qualifications. To them, hiring a professional wildlife removal service is a cost and they would rather save a few bucks and do the task by themselves. These people buy the traps but do everything else wrong. Chances are that even if their traps actually trap an animal, it will be the wrong animal such as the neighbors cat, or an opossum when you are actually trying to trap a raccoon.
Another possibility is that amateur trapping of wildlife can lead to an illegal act by your state. Most homeowners are unaware of some of the laws that regulate wildlife trapping. For example, you find a homeowner catching raccoons and later releasing the same raccoons a few blocks away. In this case, the raccoons will keep coming back and in a surprising twist of events, where the wildlife removal professional later says the original problem was caused by squirrels and not raccoons. On this website you can educate yourself on the different animal species pages where you can determine what animal is causing the damages to your home by identifying some key aspects of typical nuisance wildlife damage.
There is no quantifying the extent of damage that wild animals can cause to your home. Even the smallest of animals can cause major damages the best example being the raccoons and squirrels. A physically harmless squirrel living in your attic can be more than simply a noise nuisance. Before getting into your attic, the squirrel probably chewed a part of your roof and proceeded to chew on the woodwork. When it comes to raccoons, these creatures will have probably chewed large holes on your roof and torn apart all the ductwork in your attic.
A greater part of wildlife control involves being in a position to identify the damages such as the ones listed above and recommend their repairs. If left unrepaired for a very long time, you might one day watch your entire roof come crashing down with no idea what caused the damage only to realize later that you had some unwelcome tenants living in your attic and chimney. Wildlife removal services however cannot undertake every repair that is as a result of wildlife damage. Some of the damages are beyond the scope of minor repairs. For example, if a raccoon has chewed electrical wires in your house, it would be better if you seek a professional whose job is more inclined towards electrical repairs.
Preventive measures are the best solution to the wildlife problems in your home. Any wildlife control solution is not effective if you fail to identify some of the key areas causing the wild animals to stray into your home. If you have raccoons or bats in your attic, it means that there are some openings such as open vents providing entry into the house for the wild animals. There could be a whole lot of areas that are vulnerable to wild animals. Identify such areas with the help of a wildlife removal service provider and seal them permanently if you don't want uninvited guests into your house.
What is important to understand when trying to seal any openings that animals use to access your attic is that the repairs should be of high quality and impenetrable. It doesn't make sense sealing an open vent with soft wood that can easily be chewed through by rodents such as raccoons and squirrels. You can instead use steel to fix holes ensuring that such repairs will hold for many years to come. More importantly, ensure that you find all openings because if you forget to seal even a single one of them, then the whole process will be an exercise in futility.
Repairs that detract animals from your house should not only be done in the interior of your home. There are several other preventive measures necessary to keep wild animals from your house. Skunks and groundhogs are known for living under the shed of your house. For this reason, you might want to consider a steel screened exclusion barrier that will prevent such animals living under your shed. A common problem with elevated homes is that animals are likely to find perfect shelter below the house. Such animals include cats and rats that are likely to make a mess and might end up gaining access into the house. Rats for example can climb up into the house through pipes or sewage lines, and once inside, you as the homeowner will be staring at a whole new problem.
For dangerous animals such as snakes, the solution goes from simple structural repairs to habitat modification in order to make your home less attractive to such animals. There is always something that will attract stray animals into your house and it is important to identify the motivation driving the intrusion into your home. Raccoons for example can have a peculiar habit of stealing your ornamental goldfish. If this happens frequently, then you need to put netting around the pond since the raccoons already know that the goldfish are there hence will keep coming back.