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How We Solve Delaware 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 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.

Female raccoons that are nesting will look for ways to enter your home. They usually will look for ways into your attic, garage, or shed. In some cases, simple traps will catch them, but in other cases, the mother will create the nest out of reach or view. Our team specializes in trapping and removing raccoons as well as other Delaware wildlife! We service the following cities and counties: Delaware City, Harrington, Lewes, Milford, New Castle, Rehoboth Beach, Seaford, Wilmington, Dover, Middletown, Newark, New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County.

Other Delaware animal pest control topics:
How to Kill a Rat
Info About Pigeons
Best Repellent Against Moles
Where to Relocate a Trapped Opossum

To learn more about our services, visit the Delaware wildlife control home page.

This month's wildlife how-to article: How to get rid of bats out of your attic

How to get rid of bats out of your attic.

As with most pest removal there are recommended steps to removing bats from your attic. The first thing you have to do of course is to determine exactly what you are dealing with, hopefully you are already sure that it is bats and not other critters. If it is bats you need to determine what species of bat it is and if the colony in your attic is a nursery colony. A nursery colony is a colony that has young bats that are unable to fly yet, to exclude the adults is just sentencing these babies to death by starvation, which is definitely considered cruel and inhumane by the authorities. A big point to consider here is that by effectively killing the baby bats you are committing a felony as all bats are on the protected species lists.

Besides the legal implications you also have the other major thing that these babies dying will do, and that is to stink your house out for about a month, and from all reports the stench is unbelievable. Even if you take this road at the end of the process you're going to get up in the attic in a full biohazard suit and cleanout the dead bodies if you have any and all the droppings, the biohazard suit is necessary because the droppings can be harboring some very nasty bugs. A lot of home insurance will actually pay for this process to be done but you should be advised that unless you have a permit the people who do the removal will collect up any corpses and give those to authorities, they will check the mall for rabies and then institute legal proceedings against you for the killing.

Okay, you have a colony of bats in your attic, there are no baby bats so you can go ahead and remove them, but what is the best way to get them out of the attic and to make sure they don't come back. The first and most practiced method is to wait until just after dusk and find out where the bats are entering and exiting the building from, once you have that information the following night after the bats leave you can check the attic with a high-powered torch and if there are no bats left you can seal up all the entrance and exit points. The bats will hang around for a couple of days and then move on. The second recommended method is to install a motion activated lighting system in your attic, bats are nocturnal and don't like light so they will leave.
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