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How We Solve Indianapolis Wildlife Problems

It starts with your phone call. We answer our phones 24/7, and we will carefully listen to your wildlife problem. Every case is different, so we will ask appropriate questions to help us understand the situation better. Questions like, "do you hear the noises at night or during the daytime?" or "what type of roof do you have?" After we have a general idea of your situation, we can provide a ballpark price range, and schedule a same-day or next-day appointment to inspect your property.

INSPECTION: Once on site, we will perform a full inspection of your home and property. This allows us to use the correct strategy and traps. If the animals are in an attic, a full building inspection is crucial, including the following:

  • All ground-level areas, such as piper or A/C line entry & exit areas, A/C chase bottoms, ground-level vents, etc.
  • All mid-level areas, such as dryer vents, siding gaps, first floor eaves or dormers, etc.
  • We inspect the entire roof, including all plumbing stacks, ridge caps, vents, and other potential gaps or holes.
  • We also inspect inside your attic, to identify animals and damage they have caused.
  • If the animals are outside, we notice many subtle clues that will assist us in a successful strategy.

TRAPPING, EXCLUSION, REMOVAL: Once we understand what animal species we are dealing with, and the problem, we use the most effective means of removing the animals. We use dozens of different types of traps.

  • Trapping - If trapping the animal(s) in live cage traps, trap type, set, and location are crucial to success.
  • Exclusion - Oftentimes, we are able to simply set one-way doors or other exclusion devices that allow the animals inside a building to safely exit, but never get back inside.
  • Removal By Hand - Sometimes we actually remove animals by hand, or with special tools like snare poles.
  • The Law - In all cases, we obey state and local laws regarding wildlife, but aim to take the most humane approach.

ENTRY HOLE REPAIRS: Repairs are a crucial step in the wildlife removal process. In many cases, such as bat or rodent control, the job cannot be performed without detailed repairs, and in all cases, sealing the entry holes shut ensures that no future wildlife will ever enter your home.

  • 100% of the entry holes must be found, and sealed shut, or the job is not complete.
  • Our repairs are professional contractor grade, look good, and when applicable we use steel, which rodents such as rats or squirrels are unable to chew through.
  • We give a written guarantee on our repairs against any future animal entry.

ATTIC DECONTAMINATION SERVICES: It may be desirable to clean your attic after we've removed the animals. They can leave behind large amounts of droppings, urine, hair, oils, food, nesting material, and so on. These remnants can attract insects like squirrels, cockroaches, and the scent left behind can encourage new animals to chew their way into your house. You might experience odor problems from the waste. It's possible that mold will grow on waste areas.

  • We remove or vacuum all droppings, or remove all the soiled insulation.
  • We fog the attic with a special enzyme-based cleaner that destroys any organic matter and deodorizes the space.
  • We repair damage, such as ductwork, electrical wires, pipes, insulation, and more.
The above are just a brief explanation of some of our methods. I haven't even addressed the hundreds of other potential cases that we deal with, from bat exclusions, to poison-free rodent control, to dead animal removal, bird roosting prevention, mole trapping in a yard, ground-based exclusion barriers around a shed, etc. etc. Just give us a call any time, and we can describe in detail how we will resolve your specific wildlife problem.

Indianapolis, Indiana is home to a number of animals and pests that can cause damage to personal property. If left untreated these nuisance animals can cause a great amount of damage leaving you with a hefty pricetag. We want to take care of your nuisance pest and wildlife issues before they get out of hand. We take care of any animal or pest problem you may have including raccoons, squirrels, cockroaches, mice, bees, birds, termites, and many others. We service Indianapolis and adjacent cities and towns such as Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville, Anderson, Greenwood, Lawrence, Westfield, Plainfield, Zionsville, Franklin, and others. Give us a call so we can take care of your nuisance wildlife problems in a timely manner. To learn more about our services, visit the Indianapolis wildlife control home page.

This month's wildlife how-to article: Raccoon Trapping: How To Trap a Raccoon

Good question, right? How do you trap a raccoon?

The answer is very simple - you don’t.

Many people are not aware that there are legalities involved when it comes to removing wild animals from your home. In most states, it is illegal to trap a raccoon. In the states where you are allowed to trap these creatures, it comes with some pretty intense conditions. Once you’ve captured it, you need to kill it. And then you need to dispose of the body correctly.

Do you know how to do this? Do you know how to dispose of a raccoon corpse in such a way that you don’t run the risk of transmitting the rabies virus, which these animals are well known to be carriers of, or the histoplasmosis bug which can be fatal? Do you know how to clean up after the animal, ensuring no poop or urine is left behind? What about the material that the animal used as bedding? What about the damage the raccoon, and the family it more than likely has living with it in your home, has done to the foundations of your home? Would you know how to deal with that? Would you even know what to look for?

When it comes to removing wild animals such as raccoons from your home, trapping is not always the answer, despite it being the method that first springs to mind. There are so many things that you need to bear in mind, from what kind of traps to use, to what bait to place, to what to do with the animal afterwards, and that’s before you even begin to think about all the legal stuff. This is why calling in a professional is the safest way all round to remove a raccoon from your home. Plus it sure beats going to jail!

Take the traps for example… There are so many different kinds of traps, how would you know which one was the right one for your raccoon? It’s going to need to be big one, and preferable a live cage trap. There really is no need for a paw hold trap, or a body grip trap. This isn't a mouse you’re trying to capture here, it’s an animal that could weigh in excess of twenty pounds. It could also be as big as a dog. And it’s feisty too. Those claws and teeth will tear through your skin and when it does, you’ll have the rabies virus to worry about.

Bait isn’t really the most important factor here, but meat isn’t the wisest idea unless you want to attract animals that weren’t interested in your yard or home in the first place. Raccoons might be gullible enough to eat leftover dog food and wander right into a trap, but so are opossums, other cats and dogs in the neighborhood, skunks and more. Before you know it, you’ll have an animal tea party going on out there. It would be foolish to attract more unwanted attention if you are already under attack.

Plus, once you’ve captured the animal, you’re going to need to find the babies. Did I mention that you will rarely find just one raccoon in your attic or home. They almost always come with babies, and you’ll need to locate these before they starve to death, probably somewhere really obscure in the depths of your home, or find them somewhere else to live with a surrogate mother., which is impossible by the way. Or you could watch them die.

There are so many things to take into account here, and you’ve only just gotten started. Disease spreading is a constant worry which means you almost need to approach the waste clean up with a biohazard suit (literally), and use industrial strength cleaners to ensure all of the biological enzymes are disinfected properly. It’s a pretty intense approach to take but whether you like to believe it or not, it’s all necessary to ensure the safety of yourself, those around you, and the animal(s) you are trying to capture. You don’t want to run the risk of you or your family / household pets becoming infected with the rabies virus, and you really don’t want to cause any undue harm to the poor animal either. Remember, we humans destroyed its home and forced it to co-habit alongside us.

There are far too many things to take into account when it comes to raccoon trapping, and if the bait, trap type, and damage control wasn’t enough, there’s the aftermath to deal with too. In short, it’s going to be too much of an impossible task for you to undertake by yourself. If you want the best piece of advice you’ll hear this year - hire a professional.

Other Indianapolis animal pest control topics:
About Opossum
How to get Rid of Raccoon
Groundhog Prevention
Nuisance Wildlife

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